8:49 am March 19, 2009, by Laura Diamond
Kennesaw passed an ordinance this week to help Cobb County schools cut down on truancy.
Kids can’t hang out in public places during the time they should be in school. They get a warning the first time they’re caught and could face fines and other penalties with repeat offenses.
I often see kids walking around when they should be in school. Yes, some could be home school students, but not all of them.
School officials often say they don’t have the legal authority to stop a child walking around and force them back to school.
When I was a reporter in Florida, I spent a day following around a superintendent. When he saw a kid walking away from a school he stopped the student and made the boy call his mom. She gave the superintendent permission to drag the teen back to school.
Few officials have the time to drive around looking for kids who cut school.
A daytime curfew may help, but what more can be done? Is this something a city should get involved in or do schools need to put more responsibility back on students and their parents?
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