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ERIC Number: ED457259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-31
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Whatever It Takes: The Impact of a Truancy Program on Attendance.
Munoz, Marco A.
The Truancy Court Diversion Project was developed in one Kentucky county to address the need for alternative methods of handling student truancy among high-risk children. This judicially driven, school- and home-based project serves schools that have not met targeted district attendance goals. Students are targeted for participation if they have 15-25 absences and their parents are willing to discuss family issues in an open forum. Some of the program's activities include parenting classes, Saturday school, behavior contracts, drug screening, tutoring, psychological assessments, anger management, referrals to other programs and services, programs on substance abuse and domestic violence, and violence-abatement classes. A judge provides personal, caring, and supportive interaction with the families. Study participants were 45 out of 111 elementary students (predominantly white, female, and poor). At baseline, during, and after the program, data were collected on individual student characteristics and attendance. Parents completed surveys on their satisfaction with the program, and teachers completed surveys on program issues. Results indicated that the program was being implemented as designed, major stakeholders were satisfied with the program, and positive changes were occurring based on numbers of student absences. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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