December 15, 2006
WHAT'S the big uproar over the truancy problem? For more than 50 years, Democrats have been in control of Philadelphia, telling people that their situation was someone else's fault. And they keep saying it's the government's duty to provide everyone's needs, from cradle to grave. Now they want the kids to do something for themselves (like learning). How hypocritical is that? Tom Bell, Philadelphia
May 10, 2001
No matter how many educational reform plans are proposed, or how much money Harrisburg and City Council come up with for the schools, it's all wasted if the kids aren't in class. As reported in yesterday's Daily News, chronic truancy is a monumental problem in Philadelphia - worse than in most other cities. Its impact goes far beyond the public educational system. Kids who aren't in school get into the most trouble, now and in the future, when they can't compete in the workplace because they're undereducated and socially backward.
April 25, 2001 |
In his first major attempt to harness religious activism in the service of government, Mayor Street yesterday announced a pilot program to deploy an army of church volunteers in a battle against truancy in the Philadelphia School District. Street, a Seventh-day Adventist whose focus on so-called faith-based initiatives has won him national recognition, said it was "totally, completely unacceptable" that as many as 21,000 children - or 10 percent of the student population - are absent without an excuse each day in the city's troubled school district.
September 14, 2006 |
Truancy, as it turned out, was the least of his worries. A young boy whom officers attempted to question yesterday afternoon for skipping school led them to a much bigger problem inside his home in the Harrowgate section of the city: a large cache of drugs. Police said the unusual police action began around noon in the 900 block of East Tioga Street, where officers noticed that the boy was on the streets during school hours. When the officers attempted to stop the boy, he ran - leading police to his residence, where the officers soon stood face-to-face with a man allegedly holding drugs.
March 14, 2002 |
The hundreds of students who skip school in Camden every day will be rounded up and their parents will be haled into court, district Superintendent Annette D. Knox said yesterday. "We intend to find our children, and we intend to bring them back to school," Knox pledged in launching an ambitious plan to cut the district's abysmal dropout and attendance rates. "We can't fail these kids; they've been failed for too long. " Effective immediately, Knox said, the district - South Jersey's largest - will begin enforcing existing attendance policies and making changes to curb truancy.
August 29, 2005 |
FOR MANY parents, the start of the school year poses challenges far more serious than getting their kids to choose back-to-school clothes. Many have to worry about their children making it to school at all. Truancy continues to be an obstacle in the city's efforts to improve life for all young people. On any day, 12,000 Philadelphia children are truant. The Department of Human Services uses a network of services to reduce the truancy rate. In the last year, 97 percent of the youth served by these programs have been removed from the School District's chronic truancy list.
January 13, 1994 |
It seems to me that the Daily News has addressed the problem of truancy in the schools by saying that this is the underlying problem . . . that is . . . truancy. But in fact truancy in the inner-city school is not the problem. It is the solution. Are you shocked? If you work for an inner-city school or attempt to attend a school you will understand. At schools, many students are scared of other students or find that getting to school is too much of an effort. The problem is the community which is being let into the school.
January 11, 2007
RE COUNCILMAN Goode's comments to schools CEO Paul Vallas: I agree with the councilman that truancy is a major problem. But does the councilman have a solution? Does he really think the school district can fix truancy? If he were superintendent, would truancy disappear? Councilman Goode's father was the city's chief executive for eight years. Was Goode Sr. any less committed than his son to getting kids in school? Despite the fact that the "brothers and sisters run the city," truancy, drug-trafficking and homicide are an ongoing plague.
June 7, 1995 |
As part of the district's promised crackdown on students who habitually cut school, the borough held its first truancy court session yesterday morning, and found itself with a few more unexcused absences. Of 12 parents called to court to explain why their elementary- and high- school-age children had missed as much as half the school year, about half the parents didn't show up, either. Those who did not appear face warrants for their arrest, police said. The others, who all pleaded not guilty, left with guilty verdicts and promises of fines - as much as $100 for every additional day of school their children miss from now until the end of the school year on June 9. In a meeting of the Board of Education in May, Superintendent Walter C. Quint announced that the district would be taking a harder line on attendance, which has dipped below 90 percent in the high school.
May 14, 2001
While Truancy Court is a good program (cover story, May 9), we need to look at the real factor behind truancy - poverty. Almost all these kids come from homes where there is a lack of resources. Unfortunately, the goals in an impoverished home are different from the ones with economic stability. More money needs to be made available for these kids. And a future needs to be clearly shown to them, not just lip-service. Who will pay to give these kids opportunity? That's the question, isn't it?