Truancy Rates and Truancy Reduction in the District of Columbia

Testimony

Truancy Rates and Truancy Reduction in the District of Columbia

Testimony before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee of the Judiciary of the Council of the District of Columbia
November 8, 2012

Abstract

High rates of truancy at some DC schools are receiving considerable attention. The Family Court cannot realistically be a primary response to the chronic truancy of thousands of chronically truant high-school students, Senior Fellow Akiva Liberman of the Justice Policy Center told the City Council. Liberman commented that family-based interventions for 9th graders may be necessary but insufficient to reduce truancy without simultaneously improving the attendance norms at high-truancy schools. Reducing absenteeism before high school may be the most effective way to reduce high school truancy.

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