AJC: Looking for teens who could or have lost license for school absences

Are you a Georgia teen who has lost your driver’s license due to excessive school absences? Or has this happened to you in the past? Or are you a parent whose son or daughter lost his/her license for this reason?

Staff writer Nancy Badertscher is doing a story on this and is looking for people willing to be quoted on the issue. If you can help, please contact her asap at nbadertscher@ajc.com or 770-263-3641.

Thanks, Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

19 comments Add your comment

what's best for kids???

October 19th, 2011
2:19 pm

It is solely on paper.

William Casey

October 19th, 2011
2:33 pm

I’ll be surprised if 1% of those liable to lose license under this law actually do.


October 19th, 2011
2:58 pm

how hard is it to attend school?


October 19th, 2011
3:23 pm

OK my kids get their parents to write a note making their absence “excused” and end up going to a NASCAR event from Wednesday to Sunday or something to that effect. So they miss class but it is “excused”. The designation of excused or not needs to be eliminated. Unethical people will find ways around the rules.


October 19th, 2011
4:30 pm

Since Georgia is usually in last place when it comes to important social issues, I’d bet that the number of teens who have actually lost their licences because of excessive school absences is few, if any.


October 19th, 2011
4:31 pm

any student who has been sent to a tribunal for “excessive absences” will have lost their license. They are out there.


October 19th, 2011
5:23 pm

They are out there…..but I doubt they, or their parents, read the AJC. Tracking them down will be difficult.


October 19th, 2011
5:30 pm

I agree with the others. I doubt there are many, and the ones there are you won’t find out about through an appeal to your readers. I bet many others could suggest other venues to find them…


October 19th, 2011
5:35 pm

teacher&mom, you said exactly what I was thinking when I initially read Maureen’s request.


October 19th, 2011
6:07 pm

Looks like AJC is out looking for more “minority victims” to parade around to push more liberal agenda’s.
Of course they’ll gather stats that show minorities are more likely to get suspended than whites instead of looking into WHY minorities are getting suspended more often. Yawn, just another woe is me story.


October 19th, 2011
6:44 pm

Actually Eldo – you should take a look at some attendance stats by school on the annual report card. Many of the reviews that I have completed show that absences are higher for Caucasian students than most other subgroups.As for tribunals for absences – if only the districts were required to keep track of school rule violations and report them then the AJC would know.


October 19th, 2011
7:14 pm

Eldo, it is sad that you would turn this into a race issue. Seems to me that you need a woe is me story written about you. Build a bridge and get over it. Everything isn’t or shouldn’t be a race issue.

another comment

October 19th, 2011
10:15 pm

It really doesn’t matter because the ones that don’t bother going to school, don’t bother to get a legal drivers license either.

I recently had a Hispanic 18 year old who dropped out of school when she had a baby at 16 tell me that her 16 year old sister, who had a baby 3 months ago rarely goes to school. She says that she fell too far behind when she was out having the baby. She was failing all her classes. Now she rarely goes. Neither one can get a license anyways, they don’t have “papers”. So what good is this rule. When your schools are 40% plus Hispanic in many cases.

I said to the 18 year old, why don’t you get your GED. She said you can’t get that without your “Papers”. I then told her she needed to make sure and re-enroll in January, before her class graduates in May, so that she can graduate from High School even if she doesn’t finish for another year or two. It is her only option, other than being a maid and going from abusive man to man.


October 20th, 2011
3:38 am

Wow, look at all the people drawing conclusions when the story hasn’t even been written yet.


October 20th, 2011
1:22 pm

We had several students at the alternative school that lost their license due to excessive absences. When I taught at a traditional school, it was never enforced.

patrick crabtree

October 21st, 2011
6:33 am

Maurenn……. I applaud you for showing this. Just a note, I have been told that Atlanta Public Schools montors my blogs. Interesting is that SOME administrators take my criticisms personally, when I am talking more about policy and the abuse there of. Why do they want to attack the messenger?

patrick crabtree

October 21st, 2011
6:35 am

ooops, typo…… some mmay think I can’t spell, when I really cannnot type. It is monitors not montors.

Ole Guy

October 21st, 2011
5:48 pm

I wish the only thing I had to worry about, during those mis-spent high school years, was the losing of a license…hells bells, my buds were always there to solve that problem. I had to worry about my Dad first handing my six to me…ON A SHARP STICK, then grounding my young self to a world composed of school, the dining room and my cell/bedroom. Simply removing driving privileges is about the lamest thing possible. Let’s start seeing some REAL consequences.

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