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ERIC Number: ED491290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 68
Abstractor: ERIC
Legal and Economic Implications of Truancy. Truancy Prevention in Action
Smink, Jay; Heilbrunn, Joanna Zorn
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NPDC/N), Clemson University
The myriad legal and economic issues that surround truancy are intertwined and interdependent. The first section describes school attendance laws, how they are applied, and the most commonly used methods of curbing truancy. Sections two and three discuss legal issues and economic issues, respectively. They address issues facing schools, truant youth, parents, community and business, and court and law enforcement. Section three also includes a discussion of the costs of ignoring truancy and the benefits of addressing it. Section four discusses types of truancy prevention and reduction programs and addresses the importance of monitoring and reporting program results. Section five concludes with recommendations for state lawmakers, schools and school districts, courts, truancy reduction programs, and researchers. Finally, a list of additional resources is provided and examples of successful truancy reduction programs, laws, alternative schools, and court structures are included. This publication should be of use to several audiences: those who want to build political will to initiate a truancy reduction program; practitioners who work with struggling students; school, community, and court representatives who will find the sections relating to their particular area of interest useful; and scholars who will find a ready-made research agenda. For anyone concerned with the educational accomplishments of our up-and coming workforce, this publication should provide a thorough introduction to the breadth and seriousness of the school attendance issue, and to the enormity of its consequences. (Contains 2 appendices.)
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, College of Health, Education, and Human Development, Clemson University, 209 Martin Street, Clemson, SC 29631-1555. Tel: 864-656-2599; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquent Prevention (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.; Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Justice Programs.
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A