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Grand Rapids Using Local Cops, Michigan DHS to Crack Down on Truant Students

Nearly 7,000 Grand Rapids schools students - about one-third of the district's population - are missing 18 days or more of school annually, according to a recent district analysis.

And Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal says she is determined to stop it from plaguing the district.

"We need children in school on time from bell to bell, ready to learn, all day, every day," she said.

Neal, in her quest to improve attendance and students academic performance, has enlisted Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk, city commissioners, Kent County Prosecutor Bill Forsyth and the state Department of Human Services to crack down on truancy.

Source: MLive. Read full article. (link)

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  • UnCivilServant||

    Funny, the people who skipped school tended to be the people who disrupted class for those who wanted to learn. Rounding them up and getting them in class would be counterproductive overall.

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    I thought a first DHS was a different agency.

  • dantheserene||

    "We are going to help parents help their children be successful,".
    "She considers failing to send children to school a form of neglect, and DHS caseworkers can help by making families realize that they can be disqualified from welfare and other benefits to a child is chronically absent."
    She wants to help by bringing the full power of the state to bear on these families. Apparently, school wasn't prison-like enough before this.