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NCJ Number: 82990 Find in a Library
Title: Truancy Reduction - 'The Hooky Handbook'
Corporate Author: California Office of the Attorney General
School Safety Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: California Office of Criminal Justice Planning
Sacramento, CA 95814
California Office of the Attorney General
Sacramento, CA 95814
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This publication encourages schools and communities to take an active role in truancy reduction through appropriate intervention measures and highlights the truancy problem in California.
Abstract: Full-time school attendance is compulsory in California for youths between the ages of 6 and 16. Nevertheless, recent statistics indicate that the actual levels of classroom attendance in California were 90.8 percent of enrollment in elementary schools, 87.7 percent in junior high schools, and 81.4 percent in senior high schools. The most frequently cited causes for absenteeism include illness, dislike or boredom with school, social adjustment problems, academic problems, family or personal business, influence of friends, lack of authority for enforcing attendance laws, and absence of parental concern or control. Support programs which have proven to be effective in several California jurisdictions include student service centers, programs for dropouts, community-centered classrooms, and school attendance review teams. Truancy victimizes youth, the schools, and the community, and it can ruin the lives of truant youths. A diagram is included. A summary of an assembly bill and a summary of a truancy case decision are appended.
Index Term(s): California; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile status offenders; Schools; Truancy
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