State budget cuts block anti-truancy effort
BATON ROUGE- State budget cuts and a directive from Gov. Bobby Jindal's office effectively ended LSU's involvement with statewide truancy programs for at-risk youths.
The LSU Office of Social Service Research Development said Wednesday that it will end its 16-year partnership with the Truancy Assessment and Service Center on July 1. It blamed the move on a $331,000 budget cut handed down from the state late last month.
An East Baton Rouge Parish school administrator, Domoine Rutledge, familiar with the program tells The Advocate removing LSU from the process could compromise anti-truancy efforts around the state.
Created by the Legislature in 1998 to prevent students from dropping out and diverting at-risk youths away from crime, TASC targets K-5 students referred to the program by schools after a certain number of absences.