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Bill will charge parents for truancy

January 16, 2004

Albany- Georgia parents may soon have more incentive to make sure kids are in school.

New legislation creates fines and possible jail time for parents whose children are truants. The bill, that is on the way to the senate, would set a minimum fine of $25 for parents who don't get their children to school.

Dougherty County administrators are already working on revising their admission policies.

"If you miss school, you miss instruction," said Carlos Keith, deputy superintendent for the Dougherty County School System. "You miss that valuable academic time. That in turn effects things such as test scores, achievement. So they need to be in school."

Educators blame truancy for the state's high dropout rate and low test scores.

The legislation also requires parents to sign a form at the beginning of the school year acknowledging the truancy law.

posted at 4:30 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com