ERIC Number: ED415306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Urban Policies and Programs To Reduce Truancy. ERIC/CUE Digest, Number 129.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.
This digest presents an overview of successful urban anti-truancy strategies, including both supports and penalties for students and their families. It is generally believed that to prevent truancy a sustained, multifaceted, and personalized program for each student must be developed. Community collaboration is essential to these efforts, as the example of the Well Community Council in Pittsburgh (Kansas) illustrates. Alienation from school is a major reason why students become truant, and tracking practices that marginalize poor and minority students are a primary cause of alienation. Organizing schools to promote attendance through supportive personalized attention can do much to prevent truancy. Truancy prevention programs can be designed to increase students' attachment to school and help them overcome personal and family impediments to school attendance. Parents also need a variety of supports, beginning with notification if their children are not in school. Parent counseling and parent workshops can help, providing information about the consequences of truancy and ways to prevent it. School, state, and community policies should make it clear to students and their families that the community has zero tolerance for truancy. States can hold parents responsible for their children's attendance in a variety of ways, even linking eligibility for certain public assistance programs to school attendance. The reasons students stay away from school are diverse, and many remedies are needed to address the problem. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Alienation, Attendance, Community Involvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, Prevention, Program Development, Student Attitudes, Track System (Education), Truancy, Urban Schools, Urban Youth, Zero Tolerance Policy
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027 (free); toll-free phone: 800-601-4868.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.