Truancy programs on state chopping block
A program to keep kids off the street is on the state's chopping block, putting potentially thousands of at-risk children in harm's way.
The state's Truancy Assessment Service Center started more than ten years ago. The legislature just cut half the program's budget. That leaves less than $2 million to run truancy programs state-wide.
The $1.7 million left is nowhere near enough to keep the entire program afloat. A champion of the program in Baton Rouge, District Attorney Hillar Moore, worries losing the program means losing the kids.
The programs director will meet with the site managers next week to discuss any closures or ways of saving any of the sites.