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  • Truancy roundup leads to drug arrest Play Video

    March 26, 2014 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are finishing up a two day roundup of parents who haven't been sending their children to school. The truancy roundup focused on handing out summons to parents whose children have missed more than ten days of school and have shown a history of absences. ... more »
  • Father claims he never abused "truant mom"

    February 14, 2014 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The father of two children, whose mother is wanted by police for letting the kids miss a combined 137 days of school, claims he hasn't abused their mother and wants the kids back in class. When Ramon Odds learned his children had missed a large portion of... more »
  • Mom of truant kids skips truancy meeting Play Video

    February 13, 2014 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman in trouble with the law for the truancy of her kids defied authorities again Thursday. Kenyetta Criss is wanted for allowing her kids to miss a combined 137 days of school. She was suppose to meet with East Baton Rouge truancy administrators but... more »
  • Mom wanted for letting kids skip 137 school days Play Video

    February 12, 2014 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police are looking for a woman who they said let her kids skip a combined 137 days of school this year. Kenyetta Criss, 33, is accused of letting her 8-year old and 11-year old children miss at least 60 days of school each without excuses. The... more »
  • 99 arrests made in truancy roundup Play Video

    December 12, 2013 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - 99 people have been arrested in a truancy roundup in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and Constable's Office conducted the two-day roundup. Law enforcement agencies received 148 cases for follow-up from the Family Youth Service Center.... more »
  • EBR mother accused again of child neglect Play Video

    September 3, 2013 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A mother of six children remains in parish prison on charges of improper supervision of her children. Authorities arrested Kecia Coleman, 32, of Baton Rouge Sunday on six counts of improper supervision, two counts of introducing contraband into a penal institution, possession of marijuana, possession of... more »
  • Eight moms arrested, accused of bad parenting Play Video

    May 16, 2013 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A joint task force arrested eight women they said failed to send their kids to school, even after repeated warnings from truancy officials. Court documents show one of them, Erica Scott, hasn't sent her kids to class this entire school year. The Family and Youth... more »
  • 8 arrested, 2 at large in truancy crackdown

    May 16, 2013 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested eight women and are seeking two more in East Baton Rouge Parish after they said they failed to send their kids to school despite repeated warnings. The arrests were part of an effort by the new Family and Youth Services Center to target repeat... more »
  • School truancy fight

    February 19, 2013 7:24 PM

    A school district in Pennsylvania that fined parents excessively for their kids' truancy approved a $265,000 settlement after it was sued. A federal judge ruled the Lebanon School district improperly fined the parents, even though state law allows truancy fines as high as $300. In some cases, the district's fines... more »
  • Center for truant students working Play Video

    January 24, 2013 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Family and Youth Service Center has helped nearly 1,500 families since the beginning of the school year. It's an all-encompassing facility that offers programs for the whole home to help curb truancy and save students from ending up on the streets. "This center is... more »
  • State budget cuts block anti-truancy effort

    January 24, 2013 10:56 AM

    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... more »
  • New EBR truancy center on course to open this fall

    April 10, 2012 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A long-awaited truancy center to help boost school attendance and reduce juvenile crime in East Baton Rouge Parish is on schedule to open its doors this fall. The project recently cleared its final major hurdle when Gov. Bobby Jindal signed off on a three-year, no-cost lease.... more »
  • Truancy center moving toward opening date

    April 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A truancy center planned for East Baton Rouge Parish schools is finally moving toward an opening date. Paperwork between the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office, the Mayor-President's Office, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Governor's Office... more »
  • Truancy patrols target tardy kids in EBR

    August 18, 2011 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Just seven days into the school year, authorities in East Baton Rouge Parish have their hands full keeping kids off the streets and in the classroom. Last year the number of students skipping school was down 5 percent compared to the 2009 school year, and sheriff's... more »
  • Teachers encourage attendance through "walkabout"

    August 8, 2011 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A group of teachers and other staff members from Highland Elementary hit the streets in an effort to get kids ready for the first day of school this Wednesday. The group went door to door talking to students and parents in a neighborhood off Gardere Lane in... more »
  • Truancy efforts paying off in EBR schools

    March 24, 2011 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Figures from the East Baton Rouge Parish School District show about a 50% drop in truancy rates, per month, this school year. Teachers say it's because they can be more involved in the source of the students' absences and the authorities are being more tough on parents.... more »
  • Parents required to attend workshops to help truant kids

    October 4, 2010 5:16 PM

    Letters have been sent home to parents of nearly 2,000 East Baton Rouge students for having five or more days of unexcused absences at school. Parents are now required to attend early warning workshops to help change the behavior of their truant kids. "I probably just be sleeping and don't... more »
  • Weekend shootings leave some outraged

    September 6, 2010 6:24 PM

    Seven shootings in two days left some people in Baton Rouge outraged. Many believe it will take more than police to crack down on violence. "I just know that there has to be change," said Christopher Honore. Honore watched from his front door as two people were shot... more »
  • New attendance law takes effect in schools across La.

    August 10, 2010 10:39 PM

    A new school year brings a new attendance rule from the state. Students cannot miss as many days, and the consequences for too many are up for students and parents. The State Education Board passed the new policy, hoping it will cut down truancy rates and cut out bad attendance... more »
  • EBR school board helps truancy program

    July 1, 2010 9:40 PM

    School leaders in Baton Rouge got a call to help in a program aimed at truants. "This is a call to arms for everybody in the city, but particularly those that are elected and/or appointed. We have to be on the forefront before we can ask someone else to... more »
  • Truancy programs on state chopping block

    June 25, 2010 10:29 PM

    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... more »
  • Budget cuts threaten anti-truancy program

    April 20, 2010 7:42 AM

    District Attorney Hillar Moore says state budget cuts are threatening an anti-truancy program in Baton Rouge. Moore says the yearlong effort between his office and the East Baton Rouge Parish school system appears to be working. The campaign includes automated phone calls with Moore's voice to families with children not... more »
  • East Baton Rouge Schools Update

    September 23, 2009 7:44 AM

    School is in, and the East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent John Dilworth joined John Pastorek with his first report card on the job. He talked about Blue Ribbon schools, swine and regular flu, year-round school, and truancy. more »

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