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Military wife pushing for schools to excuse absences

August 12, 2005

Albany- Jennifer Rainwater's husband Scott is in Iraq with the National Guard. He'll be home on leave next month, but under the state's strict truancy laws, their daughter may not be able to have school absences excused if she stays home to spend time with her dad.

"We've had a tremendous loss to the 48th Brigade family, and so it's even more important now to just take those two weeks, and they'll fly by like before, but just to spend as much time together as we can," says Rainwater.

Rainwater says her daughter's principal agreed to allow time away from school, but other parents aren't having as much luck.

She wants other parents to call and write their state lawmakers to ask them to draft a bill to make excused absences law.

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