Mercer County begins truancy crackdown

Mercer County begins truancy crackdown

There are 124 comments on the Charleston Daily Mail story from Dec 27, 2011, titled Mercer County begins truancy crackdown. In it, Charleston Daily Mail reports that:

The Mercer County Board of Education is taking chronically truant students and some parents to court as part of a new program aimed at reducing truancy in its schools.

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Franklin, TN

#129 Jan 5, 2012
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If you say like 90 percent of dropouts end up in jail. well I look at that as being horribly inflated, where as saying 90percent of our jails population are dropouts make make sense. It stands to reason our jails are absolutely full of dropouts but so is society. so I don't think they are presenting the stats appropriately. I would never allow a child to dropout its just not conducive to a productive future but I don't buy that if I've raise a child with strong morals and for any unforseen reason they wouldn't get a diploma it automatically puts them in a mood to go out and become a criminal. but I absolutely know they would always be below everyone else anywhere they worked if they could find work. That's really where they need to focus these kids because most kids don't believe that dropping out is going to change who they are so maybe focus more on showing them how the world and job market will respond to a decision not to complete school
I think the statistic is 90 percent of all inmates are high school drop outs not 90 percent of all high school drop outs are inmates. but there is significant reasons for these statistics. One being that those educated have more oppurtunities and two being that those educated are better able to afford a good defence. No matter what it is clear. if you are not educated you have a better chance of ending up in jail than if you are educated.

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#130 Jan 5, 2012
As for the issue of drop-outs - this is an issue of correlation and causation. It is not that high school drop-outs are predisposed to become criminals, rather, criminals are predisposed to become high school drop-outs by virtue of their natures.

As for the issue of society, community, &c: the lot of you can get stuffed. If the purpose is to help the parents, then from whence cometh the courts? It is a way for public school bureaucrats to take a power trip and maybe come into some federal money.

If I come across abuses, I will offer a room in my apartment on the Virginia side of the border for use as a safehouse.
due respect

Mount Hope, WV

#131 Jan 5, 2012
Read the Policy wrote:
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With all due respect, you are just wrong about what you believe the statistics are. Please go hear and you can read more information:
However, assume the statictic is wrong; your premise is wrong also. You say that just because a child does not finish HS does not mean they will change who they are. Our jails are full of people who never expected to be addicted to drugs and committ crimes, but they are there. And the common theme is that the overwhelming majority, more than 80%, never finished HS. That is the common thread. When less than 1/2 of a percent graduated college, the proof is that the longer you are in school the less likely you are to be involved in criminal activity.
So what is the harm in making sure kids stay in school? The fact is there is no harm. The harm is making excuses for them to miss school and then act like the Board and the Courts are somehow wrong for trying to make kids obey the law and stay in school. Our society, our community will be better off in a few years because of these efforts.
Get your Ruby Payne mindset on and you will see that the common thread more than drop-out status is POVERTY. Poverty also leads to dropping out. Make the students go to school but realize that the real goal is to cure poverty,not to just hand out a few more diplomas.

Bluefield, WV

#132 Feb 10, 2012
Please visit the "truancy" forum on the Princeton page.

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