The Madeleine Brand Show for February 22, 2012

Los Angeles re-examines truancy policy in schools

LA City Councilmember Tony Cardenas on truancy

Tami Abdollah / KPCC

LA City Councilmember Tony Cardenas talks to the media about his effort to change the daytime curfew law and improve how the city deals with truant youth.

Skipping school is a big problem in Los Angeles. In some districts, truancy rates are above 50 percent. For the last several years, the city has taken a hard-line approach to this problem. There have been police sweeps around campuses and students have been issued tickets with hefty fines. But later today, the LA City Council will consider changing the way it handles students who skip school.

Krissy Clark, from The California Report, and co-reporter Susan Ferris, of the Center for Public Integrity, examine the issues.


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