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Is being late to school a crime?

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In an effort to combat high rates of truancy, school police and LAPD officers have the right to issue tickets to students caught cutting class. A first-time offense costs $250. After that, fines can be higher. According to the Community Strategy Center, about 12,000 students were ticketed in LA County in 2008 for skipping or being late to school. Is this the best way to promote attendance and learning?


Damon Azali, lead organizer for Labor/Community Strategy Center