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Schools seek parents of truant kids

4 years ago January 30, 2011 Jan 30, 2011 Sunday, January 30 2011 Sunday, January 30, 2011 2:10:48 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

MONROE- Parents of eight Monroe City School students who have been habitually truant have been ordered to appear in court and could face jail time.

Safe Schools Healthy Students director Phedra Brantley tells The News Star that the system is targeting 20 families whose students have been truant for the past three years.

She says the school system has had trouble finding many families.

Parents can be sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. Brantley says some parents have gone to jail, but none has been fined.

Students are considered truant after five unexcused absences. More than 10 unexcused absences in a school year means flunking the grade.

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