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December 2nd, 2009
10:00 PM ET

Truancy and Punishment

Anyone you know who's skipped school has probably given you a number of reasons for why he or she did it.  The challenge that faces so many schools across the country is keeping students from skipping - even when their parents don't.  And the answer at a district in Wisconsin is to punish some of the parents who don't do their part to keep students in class.

The fine:  $366.  But it is possible for parents to get out of paying that if they show up at "truancy court" and work out an agreement with the judge.  (And if they don't show up, the consequences can be worse.)

I've heard a lot of people say parents are to blame when a student has a problem with skipping.  Do you think the Wisconsin district's plan would help solve the problem?  If not, what would?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Brittany

    I believe the plan will not work because the students will still end up skipping school or their parents have enough social status to get them out of those situations. As for another plan, they should bar certain people from graduation if they skip so many days.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Akshay

    yes this is a good decision, since so many Americans still support the war its best that we go on and this plan is not just for fighting but to get out of the war by training the Afghan troops

    December 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  3. Alex

    No i do not think it will help because if they [The Kids] do not like there parents they will just keep skipping. They should also make the kids come to school or else fail them in grades.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:05 am |
  4. Abhi

    I understand the importance for going to school, but going so far as to bringing the parents to court because their children aren't going to school is a bit outrageous.

    I'd like to ask, under what constitutional right does the school manage to fine the parents of the students, for their son/daughter's truancy? Is it not a freedom of choice, as to whether or not the child goes to school? Is he not expressing his opinion towards school and education when he decides to skip out on school? This, as far as I'm aware, is going against the First Amendment, the freedom to speech. It's not as controversial as burning an American Flag, but it's another way to express an opinion.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:06 am |
  5. Han

    Students should be responsible for their own action. If parents get punished and not the students, what would be the reason for them to stop skipping?

    December 3, 2009 at 3:32 am |
  6. DukJae

    Maybe effective way , but it will not solve the problem completely.
    They don't skip because they want to be fined . They skip because they're not interested in their study.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:56 am |
  7. Andrew

    Parents shouldn't be punished for their kids decisions, they should be old enough to ve held responsible for their actions, I think the students should be fined instead

    December 3, 2009 at 4:20 am |
  8. Robert

    The student who skip school are the ones who do not pay attention in class, the ones who crack jokes, and distract other students, why force them to go to school, it's their own fault, their own descision. And fethermore, how does the shcool know that the student is not trying to get back at their parents for something by makeing poay a hefty fine. This is a terrible idea made up by a broken education system. Fine the students, or have them go to a special school for their needs.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:21 am |
  9. Nathan

    Students will skip school, it is simply a fact of life. Punishing the parents for the students actions will only cause problems. Just imagine, the anarchy that would erupt in students worldwide. The students should be punished for their actions, not the parents, otherwise we will ruin future generations in the common respect for authority.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:24 am |
  10. Scott

    SInce students are legally aloud leave school by the age of 16, the government has no right to fine their parents. Its the kids decision.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:28 am |
  11. lynch

    i don't think it will help
    schools should take full responsibility rather than shift it to parents! parents have their own businesses,maybe they have will to keep their children from skipping but sometimes they just having a heart but no strength.
    the fine is not fair!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:09 am |
  12. Maximilian

    I think it is a good idea, because with the constant pressure on the parents, they will have to start sending their children to school. Else they would have to be ready for a lot of tax.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  13. Jay

    Of course, the truancy must not be allowed. If a student must be absent, then he or she must tell to the teacher. However punishing only because of truancy? I think that isn't good idea.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:47 am |
  14. Melissa

    I think that if the parent dont care that there child is skipping and are not doing anything about it than they wouldnt care to pay $366. I think that the student should be moved to a diffrent school and because of this there are not many schools around and once the child gets kick out in all of them then the parents will have to move... then there the parents will take action.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  15. Alice

    I think that the best way to deal with Truancy is having responsibility of their parents and schools. If they can watch the students who often skip from classes carefully,the situation could be improved in the future.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  16. Mr. Kelley's Homeroom

    We think parents should be fined for their childrens' absences (if they are excessive).

    December 3, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  17. Saki

    I think we shouldn't blame their parents just because their kids are skipping out of school. I think students should be able to take responsibility on their own.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  18. sarah

    i think that if the parents arent doing anything about it they SHOULD be punished..........but if the kids are just skipping school they should face the punishment.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  19. william

    I think that it is the students fault, so the student should be punished.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  20. Rachel

    Skipping school is something that is a big problem is lots of schools around my area, and it just makes no sence to NOT help your children when they are skipping school, and if I was a parent, i wouldn't want to pay $366 dollars, i would get of my lazy butt and help my kid out.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  21. John

    I think that students need to take their own responsibility on getting to school on time. The judge should make the kids pay a less severe fine for their first offence, slightly more for the second, etc etc etc. Parents do not need to pay for their kids sleeping in. The kids do.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  22. Stockbridge

    The students at Stockbridge High School think that parents might not have the money to pay the fine. An alternative plan would be to have the parents and student work off their fine doing community service in their community. This will help parent and student become more responsible.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  23. Mia

    I think that fining parents for letting their children skip school is a good way to put more kids in school rather than making them not want to attend school because many parents can not afford the fines that the Judge is giving them

    December 3, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  24. Katy

    I agree with the judge because if the school has tried it's best and the parents are not helping, it isn't the school's fault and is the parent's fault.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  25. BritChris

    A fine of this magnitue is a substantial amount that in this era is too much. Parents are going to be so worried about this $366 fine, that even when their child is sick legitimately, and send them for fear of this fine. We should consider things like in school suspension, refusal of credit for classes and things of this nature before fines.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  26. miranda

    Im kinda digging this thing. The last time I checked, it is the parents responsibility to PARENT their children. If they are skipping school and getting away with it, the parents should be held accountable.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  27. Nestor

    Perhaps a monetary punishment for parents is too much, but a meeting with them in order to encourage them to keep an eye on their sons is a very good action. This measure would be important to copy in my country Argentina.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  28. katie

    i think that parents should help their kids get to school unless they have a valid reason. i mean if they are sick then yes take them out for a day, but dont extend the prosses. dont let your kids ruin their life, let them have a good education.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  29. Reo

    Parents should not held accountable for the attendance of a high school student. This issue should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If a student has their own transportation, they are quite obviously the only responsible party. With age comes freedom. With freedom comes responsibility.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  30. Carolyn

    i think that it is not a good idea becausse if the parents are rich they will just keep paying that and the kid keep skipping school!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  31. Mary

    I agree totally with this judge. He is being reasonable in allowing parents to report and state their case for the truanncy. Parents need to be held accountable in the education of their children. It is a partnership between students, educators and parents to uphold standards that are life learning skills, attendance included. If they are truant from school now, what will their work ethic be like in a future job?

    December 3, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  32. Lauren

    I Think parents should get fined ,because some times it is that parents need to help. like when the parents that their kid to school but the parents sleep in. Or for one real example my friend has to skip school because she has to look after her little brother and sister! somtimes it really is the parents fault!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  33. Tom

    i do not feel it would because it is not the parents responsability to make sure there kids get to school it is the students responsability and also fining the parents will just make them mad i feel if a student has attendance problems that is where the truancy officers need to do there job

    December 3, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  34. Quinton

    I think students don't come to school because most of the teachers are crazy or really wierd. Plus most of the work is really boring, so the kids don't come to school so they don't have to do the work. Also some of the teachers don't let you have any fun.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  35. kevin

    I dont think the parents should get fined for their students truancy. because Its not the parents fault for the kids not showing up because their in highschool they should take responsibilty for their own actions.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  36. Andres

    I think the reason why students skip from school is because students are just to bored in their classes. Students would rather be out of school having fun with their friends instead of being in school bored out of their minds or with their heads down sleeping in class. either way they dont get anything done. What i think schools should do is try to make school more fun for students instead of giving them a book and telling them to read a few chapters. Such as making games that teach them things and lets them have fun at the same time.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  37. reggie

    Yes this will definitely solve the problem because parents are a child's first major way to get to school, so this will encourage parents to take their children to school or at least confirm that their child gets to school every day. Parents spend enough money on their childrn, they don't want or need this fine added to the bill as well.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  38. Toby

    I think that students are skiping more school because at there schools there not teaching what they need to learn or at there school there not teaching the students at there pace of learning

    December 3, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  39. luis

    The judge is wrong he shouldn't punish the parents because their child skips school. most of the kids lie to their parents about going to school.the parents souldn't if they don't know the child is skiping school.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  40. austin

    i really think that is it really messed because it is the students fault not the parents. they should be punished

    December 3, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  41. Ashley

    I don't think that it is right to fine the parents because maybe they are doing their part and sending their kids to school and the kids are just leaving school after they get there! So that is not and would not be the parents fault n the kids should pay the price for what they are doing not the parents.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  42. Sydney

    Wisconsin is taken this fine against the wrong person. They are punishing the parents for something the students have done. The judge doesn't know that the parent isn't trying to help. These students may not be listening. This is a wrong approach to the situation and this should be changed.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  43. thomas

    I don't think that it will help and I don't think its fair.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  44. Alexandra

    I think that this idea could really work and also the parents should be responsible when knowing if their kids got to school on time and if they are actually there. If the parent is at work they should at least have a neighbor go and check to make sure the child is at school. I think that if a student does skip school all the time they should have certain consequences for it because it is against the law.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  45. Anna

    I think that the kids who skip school is thier parents fult. The parents should definetly get fined. It could prevent kids skipping school, but it also might not. I think the number of kids who do skip will definitly go down because of the fine!

    December 3, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  46. Zoee

    I disagree completely with this, I do not think that the parents should be punished for their children missing school. The parents can not monitor their kids all the time. The parent of the child who is missing school has already been through school and has had their share of fines and it won't teach the kids a lesson if it their parents money.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  47. Rebecca

    I strongly agree with this discision because I really don't think that it's fair for some students to skip school and for their parents not to care. There are a lot of students who probably have never missed a day of school in their life even if they were sick because they want to learn and strive to fulfill their goals. So i deffinetly agree that parents should get punished for allowing their children to skip school and I think that they should get charged with a fine. It is only fair.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  48. Gianni

    I think that this is a great thing but they should only fine parents who deserve it but lets not forget this is the students responsibility to go to the bus stop or walk to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  49. Kyle

    The parents are to blame for kids skipping school because the parents need to teach the child what's good and what's bad. Obviously the parents of the kids skipping didn't teach them what's bad from good.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  50. Devin

    I think that it's the childs fault. If anyone gets in trouble it should be he who skipped.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  51. tommy

    I do not think that parent should get fined because its the childs fault for skipping the child deserves the payment. the parent should only get fined if he/she makes the child stay home

    tommy

    December 3, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  52. George

    I think it will help them because the parents are going to want to keep being fined so they will stop their children from skiping. They should never encourage their children to skip or let them stay home. I hope that they understand that it is wrong.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  53. Alina

    The $366 fine will probably get parents to make sure that their children are at school.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  54. Nicholas

    the parents should be fined since that is there problem. so either the parents should take them or they need to make school more intresting

    December 3, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  55. Florida Gators fan 4

    kids should have 4 hours of community service for everyday of trauncy

    December 3, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  56. khmarkis

    I thank we should have more hands on things and stop bullying because that can be the reason

    December 3, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  57. Jordan

    truency really isnt the parents fault its the kids. the kids know that they skipped and parents dont even know about it until the school calls the parent/or guardian and then the parents have to take time away from work for there childrens action just to take them back to school and waste the parent/ or guardians time for something so ridiculous so why should you blame parents?! blame the kids they know what they know what they did.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  58. Tucson

    We believe that there should be no fine if the parents are trying to help but the kids are still not listening to their parents.....perhaps, schools should be more fun and interesting and kids might want to go more.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  59. Trenton

    Giving the parents a fine, would require them to face the problem of the truancy. Students need to be in school, in order to help their community in the future. Keeping the parents involved and aware of their children's absenteeism can have a positive affect on their child's life. With economic difficulties touching everyone, this could serve as a effective strategy to boost attendance.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  60. Renee

    I think that the parents should not get in trouble cause they do evey thing in there power to get there kids to go to school it's the kids who decide not to go because its to boring or hard they should just get it over with so they can get out at the end the school year that way they dont have court to worry about!!!!!!!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  61. Leonardo

    It is a good thing because parents aren't likely to pay the fine and this will increase the communication between parents and their children. I don't think that skipping a few classes a year is a bad thing but their parents should know about it.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  62. brianca

    THAT WHOLE IDES IS DUMB!!! BECAUSE SOME PARENTS ARE UNAWARE OF WHAT THEY CHILDREN ARE DOING. MOST PARENTS TRUST THEY CHILDREN. AND IF THAT CHILD DOESN'T FOLLOW THROUGH IT'S THEIR RESPOSIBILITY!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  63. neal

    it is really special way to keep a discipline.
    but the fine is a little high.i think less is better.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  64. howard

    i think it is not fair to fine parents WHT I THINK IS FAIR TO TRY TO FINE THE STUDENTS FOR BEING LATE an not the parents

    December 3, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  65. SD

    the parents should not be fined for their children mistakes

    December 3, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  66. tre

    i dont think it is fare

    December 3, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  67. Nae

    I believe the parents should not be the one paying the fine, but in the same situation that is their fault for their children. Every child could ditch school and go have fun with their friends, but its a parents responsibility to keep them in school. A parent should be able to control and have the ability to keep their child doing good for the most part! It depends on the situation i think, and a "judge" for a school should have no rights to give out tickets, fines, and telling parents how to control their child... 🙂

    December 3, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  68. Ulysses

    I think that if the parents are a part of the reason why the kids are missing school than they should fine them. If that doesn't work on that many people then throw them in jail because isn't it aginist the law to skip school!

    December 3, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  69. MD

    i think that you shouldn't make that parents pay 350 $ becuase mabey some people can't afford that much money and if the judge makes them pay that then he could be responceible for putting those certan people / parents in total and complete debt and thats not fair at all and plus if the students are the one going to school they should be the ones to pay the money unless its there parents falt in any certain way then they should pay and you should dissregard every thing that i just said but i stiil think that the parents shouldn't be punished for something that there children mabey they could do some community serevice or soething alfull like that!!!

    thanks bye bye !!

    December 3, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  70. Diondre

    I think that what he is doing is not going to change kids not going to school, Because kids leave out the house like they are going to school but they don't go to school and not everybody has transportation to get their children to and from school...

    December 3, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  71. K2

    Do not punish parents as some parents do not know their children are skipping. We feel that you might consider what Detroit Public school is doing, in-school supension or in-school probation. Students who have truancy issues should be given other options for completing their education, for example earn a GED, or home school, or career incentives. Find out why students are really missing class/school. We do feel that some students will respond as they do not want their parents to get fined.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  72. Stavros

    Yes, i think the winsconsin school plam will solve the problem. I mean what other way would. No one likes to get tickets.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  73. Marcus

    I think that parents should not be fines that the child should be punished because the parents are not truent the child is.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  74. audrey,lakrisha,kristen

    No because its not the parents problem if the kid is frequently absent because most parents work during the day and cant keep an eye on them after they have left for school.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  75. Destiny

    I think that the parents should be charge for truancy because if they think that the child is skipping, the parent should personly take them to school. So they know that their at school.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  76. Anonymous

    I dont think that the Wisconsin districts plan will work because you can't stop people from skipping. You could probably fine them to death but it most likely wont help. You cant control what the students do at home and if they come to school. I think that if there is an insentive like a day where the school has activities for students. But they would have to be at school a certain amount of days that month in order to attend.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  77. Emily

    I think this is a good plan. I think this will fix the problem. It will force parents to discuss with their children their behavior, and maybe fix the problem. Parents will not want to pay the fine over and over again, so they will find a way to force their children not to be truent anymore.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  78. Abbie

    If it is handled correctly I think it could work, but if the students havn't listened to teachers, parents, and administration by now what makes you think they will.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  79. Emilio

    I think this is just another for the government to make money off of tax payers. It's the students decisionto skip school and they don't get payed for. And if there's someone to fine, it's t he student for skipping school. This is a low, even for the government.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  80. gavin

    I think that if you fine the parents the kids just do it again because they don't get a punishment. I believe that the student should pay or work something out with the judge.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  81. Morgan

    I think that the Wisconsin district will help, because parents know that if they don't help get their kids around, and make sure that they go to school on time. I think that another thing that would help is giving the students a detention if their out of school for no reason, like if they don't feel like it or they slept in late because they didn't feel like getting up. But yeah, I think that this fine paying thing will get the parents moving and doing something to help their kids.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  82. David

    I agree with the decision to fine the parents of students who commit truancy, because it will teach them to take batter care of them and punish them if they have to. They would teach their child not to do it, and also ask them why they did it.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  83. Skyler

    I think that the fine might solve the promblem because if a parent pays that much then they would probaly force the kid to go to school or punished bey there parents.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  84. Aaron

    I do not think that this will completely solve the problem. It will make the parents that just let their children stay home from school for no reason, but some kids fake being sick to stay home. If a kid really wants to skip school he will probably tell his parents he is sick instead of telling them he doesn't want to go.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  85. Kaili

    Some kids dont want an education at all because maybe there is something more important in there life to worry about. Or maybe there scared of getting bullied at school, and there afraid to tell anyone. If this is happening to a kid, and they dont go to school, why punish them or the parents? Skipping a day of school is better then having anyone get bulied.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  86. Katie

    I think that the parent's should make their kids go to school unless they are sick because when they skip they are not learning and if they don't learn then they won't be able to graduate and get a job. Maybe if the kids aren't understanding the consequence then the parents should start getting their consequence.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  87. Katie

    I think it wont help because the kids will still skip school even though their parents will have to keep paying 360 dollars because their kids don't go to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  88. Katlyn

    No, because just because the kids are skipping school because their parents are believing the excuse that their kids give them the kids are lying to them and that is no reason to charge the parents $366 dollars. I don't think it is going to solve the problem any.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  89. Erica

    If a student end up skipping school because of their parents I think that their parents should be fined for it. Now days education is so important that if you skip school you will more than likely not be able to get a collage degree because a collage wont accept them. I think that the fine should be lowered a bit but this will work because a parent is not going to want to pay that much for their kid or kids skipping school.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  90. brandon

    i think that it would help because it would help parents actually identify that the kids are sick and they are not playing hooky. but the fine could be lowered a little bit

    December 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  91. Ashley

    I think that it is an okay plan but not the best. I think that the fine is too high, it could at least be lowered by $200. Parents sort of are the problem for skipping, but kids may say their sick, and the parents believe them when they really aren't. Kids skip because they feel like it and their parents don't care, their parents should care. Kids should have to pay at least half of the fine because they are sort of responsible.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  92. Simon

    I think that a money fine is a good way to stop the truancy, however not the best way to do it. The teachers can sit down a and talk to the parents and work out the problem.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  93. MicKaylah

    I don't think that punishing the parents is a good idea because most of the time it's not really their fault it's the students. Some students just skip w/or w/out their parents permission. I don't know what would helps student from skipping.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  94. Tyler

    I think that it is a GREAT! idea because if some kids don't go to school they won't learn very much.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  95. Christian

    I think that it would be helpful because if a parent has to pay the fine once they would make sure there kids go to school but it would also be bad if the parents could not afford the fine then they would get arrested so it is good and bad

    December 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  96. Jarid

    I don't think that the wisconsin district's plan would solve the problem. What I think would stop kids from skipping is for people to guard all the exits so that the students couldn't get out and they would learn not to do that again so they would stay in class.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  97. Sam

    I think it is really dumb because maybe you have a good reason to skip and just because the parents don't answer the phone it is stupid to fine them three hundred and sixty-six dollars. It is kind of dumb. I think.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  98. Lucas

    I think that it will help, but it won't stop them from skipping. I think it should be $200 not $366 that to much. I get why he is, it will scare the parents because they don't want to spend that much. But there should be something for the people who don't skip but they just missed on accident like a warning. Over all yes it will work.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  99. Marissa

    I don't believe that Wisconsin's plan will help change the attendance rate. If you charge the parents $366 for there kids skipping school they can very easily take their kid to another school. There isn't much the school can do other than give the kids consequences for not coming. The school could easily make an attendance rubric for kids that don't come to school. Also in some situations the parents aren't the problem in why a student doesn't show up for school. Therefore I don't think the parents should be charged for it.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  100. Nick

    I think that it would not help because it wouldn't help because you should not punish the parents for what the kids are doing i think they should either put them in a different school or get them in a lot of trouble with the school.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  101. Joseph

    I think that fining parents, for having there kids skip school is bad. It's bad because it isn't the parents fault. They could tell the kid over and over but they might not listen to them.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  102. kristina

    i think that it will solve the problem because parents wont want to pay money or a fine for their childern to skip school and with this economy who can afford a fine when their childern skip school.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  103. Carleigh

    I don't think that it will help, because it is not the parents fault that the kid is skipping school. The child could always tell their parents one thing, and do another very easy. I think the punishment should be upon the student, and they have to do community service or something like that, so that they learn their lesson.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  104. Mr. Ralph's Class

    Our class voted on this issue and it came out to be 50-50 split, with half of the class thinking the fine would work to solve the problem, and the other half thinking the fine wouldn't help. Students who felt the fine would work said that the parents will get mad at the kids for skipping school and hurting their family budget, and will make them go to school every day.

    One student said: "If they keep getting fined they'll go broke and won't be able to buy what they need, and they'll realize it was the stupidest mistake ever."

    Students who think it won't work said that even if parents dropped off kids at the door, they'd walk out anyway if they didn't want to be at school, and might not even care if their parents suffer a consequence.

    One who thought the fine wouldn't work thought that sending parents to jail and making the kids stay somewhere else for a few weeks might solve the problem, Another student with a more positive solution felt that the school could come up with some type of incentive for students to come, such as privileges and classes or activities that match student interests.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  105. jason

    well i hat it and if we keep fitting it will not be good.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  106. max

    that is wack g he should send more troop but then again they should in't i dont aaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  107. Brandon

    I think that all off the teens that are missing school should have a punishment but, the fact the parents aren't taking control and making their kids get up and go to school is a big problem. I think there should be a consequence for them to.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  108. Donald

    I do not like the this
    one are parents do not got 366 $
    2 we meant have a good reason for it
    I just hat it. we are going to be por

    December 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  109. Catrina

    I think that it is a good idea to give the parents a fine because then i am sure that the parents will make the kids go to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  110. Brandi

    I think that parents should help their child not skip school, and make sure they get up if they don't with alarm clocks. I don't think that the parents shouldn't be fined, and that the child who did skip school should help around the school or community on the 3rd time they skip.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  111. Summer

    I think that punishing parents for letting their children skip is wrong. It is the parents decision if they want their children to go to school and have an education right? Why should they get fined for it? It will have a bad outcome if their children dont go to school, yes. But it isn't the county's decision...

    December 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  112. David

    I believe that it is both the parents responsibility and it is not. If the student(s) are walking to school then what do the parents do if their kid(s) run off instead of town and are getting drugs or whatever. there should be a (school only) rule where the students are escorted to school by an administrator or directly to school by their parents and be escorted to each of their classes all day. Be escorted around the school, get no social time, and go to lunch detention during lunch, kind of like house arrest. Also, there should be a stiff fine or penalty for the students but not for the parents unless they are purposely letting their kids ditch. If the kids are ditching, first the parents should be notified by the admin at the school.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  113. nick

    the thing is that the court thing is riduculous in the students mind. i think that the fine is helping the parents but i think that even on the first time a warning abut a detention on the second time. everytime after like the third time it would be two, on the fourth it would be four detentions ect.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  114. Steven

    I think that if students are going to skip school, they should at least call and get permission instead of getting fined. It's a lot better than paying $366 dollars and going to truancy court. I think the district plan would help the problem because, most of the skipping is involved with the students but, the parents would have most-likely not know anything about it. I'm also with the punishment that if you skip court, you may have a warrant for the arrest.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  115. Jerry

    I think that it is a good idea becuz if many kids keep skipping then if it was count day at there school and so many kids missed then there school wouldn't get money for there kids that were not there. the other reason would be that if u were actually sick and ur parents made u go to school and u didn't go then it would be ur fault and not ur parents. So at the same time i do agree with fining the parents but then again i don't

    December 3, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  116. Hailey

    Ia think that the fines aren't going to stop kids from skipping. $366 is not enough to stop people from skipping. A good idea to get kids to go to school is to have someone from the school district go and pick them up until it becomes a habit for the kids to come to school and they don't mind it because they get to see their friends!

    December 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  117. Cassie

    I think that parents should be encouraged to support their child to not skip school, but the parents should not be fined. Instead, students shall be fined. The students will have a fine of $50. They will have 5 weeks to get the money. If not willing to use their own money, they need to find a job, or spend free time doing enough community service to measure to about $50.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  118. kristian

    I think that it is not fair to charge the parents. The kid

    December 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  119. Talley

    I think the parents are partly responsible for truancy, but they should't be fined for it, considering the economic state most Americans are in. Kids should be more motavated to come to school, by making it more fun and interesting.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  120. Emily

    I think that they should make the students pay a higher fine. But again, it should be a students choice if they want an education or not. If they want to have a bad job, and a bad house then its their choice. But if they go to school they could make lots of money playing sports or working. Colleges/sports look for good grades. You could be the best sports player ever, but they wont take you if all you get is F.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  121. Joseph

    I think that just fining parents might help soem studuents but not all of them. I think this because if they live with parents that allow them to skip then the fine won't do much. If it was more like 500 or 1,000 dollars then it would make more of an impact. What might also help would be if the district made the learning process more enjoyable. At my school every room has a Smart board so that really helps. Plus most people learn more by hands on skills.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  122. Thomas

    i think that this is not solveing the problem because some parents let their kids skip school on purpose and a $366 fine is outrageous in this economy.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  123. Justin

    Well it might help if the parents watch the kids get on the bus and or watch them walk into the school building, but if the parent dont care about the money or getting arrested then they will let there kids skip

    December 3, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  124. macie

    i don't think they should be giving the parents a fine for something the kids are doing, because the parents can not physicially make their kids stay in class. it's all on the kids.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  125. vanessa

    I think it wont help, parents who cant affored that $366 for their childs school skipping parents might move away to another school . If your like my parents ,only one works and bearly earns enough to pay all bills and go shopping for all kinds of stuff. So we would definately not be able to pay that money on top of all the other things,and i woulds really be in trouble.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  126. chelsea

    I dont thank they should fine the parents because the students make there own chocies on if they want to go or not somtimes the parents drop the kids off and they just leave on there own so do i agree with this no.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  127. ashley

    It's not the parents fault for the students for not going to school or skipping class. It's all on the student, so you we should give them the choice! either go to school every day and all classes that they're suppose to or go to jail and have law enforcement take them back from class to their ceil.IF the students want to play hard ball then, thats what we will give them........

    December 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  128. Tucson

    This class mostly feels like the parents shouldn't go to jail because it would not be fair. Who would take care of the kids if the parents are in jail? Then we would have to have our friend's parents take care of us.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  129. LaTessa

    honestly, i disagree with his statement and what he is trying to do to the parents, and i say i disagreee because ; a parent can send their child on the school bus, or even drop them off at school and watch them walk into the building but its the childs decision to walk back out of the school building, get into a car or walk over to a friends house and skip.That has nothing to do with the parents. its the childs own decision, once a child gets to a certain age limit he/she will do what they want, knowing they have consequences but they still follow through with skipping. so why blame the parent for a childs action !

    December 3, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  130. Elijah

    i dont like it,but it keeps students in school

    December 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  131. DeannaMarie

    I think that this is a good ides and will work to motivate the parents to enforce their kids to go to school. I think that if your child is not going to school that the parents should punish them. But if someone's child controls the parent then they should go to someone who can control them.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  132. Alix

    I don't think that parents will work harder at keeping their children in school because they get fined; parents might be provoked to encourage their kids to keep skipping school because it's just another way to rebel against higher authority. I think that instead of fining parents schools should require an hour of after school, parent-child counseling for every day the student was truant.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  133. Thomas

    Parents aren't encouraging their kids as much as they should be. Television commercials have a huge influence on our younger generation, having them believe they can achieve impossible dreams. Parents should be fined for their child's actions, because the way you were reared is the way you're supposed to behave.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  134. victor

    Yes I do think that it'll make the students go to school because their parents' wouldnt' want to pay the fine or the child would have to pay the fine.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  135. richie

    i think that they should not have to pay a fine becouse its our choice to come to school for real, becouse if the parents take the kids to their bus stop and they get to school they can make a dicision if they want to go threw the door or just walk away.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  136. Bryan

    I think its good enough

    December 3, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  137. Beector

    I tink dat da student will do da goin to schoos cause the parents dont wanting to do da paying for da fine so da student will go to da schoos and do da paiding of da fine so yea da students will do da going to schoos dats da my opinion

    December 3, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  138. aysia

    i think this is a great idea,students cant always get to school on there own and they rely on there parents,and sometimes the parents dont get up on time or dont get up at all.i think they should take FULL responsibility for there child not attending school.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  139. Daniel

    It’s not the parents fault for there kids being truent, it’s the kids fault.
    I think every 10 times a student is truent, they should put him in jail for 1 week plus the work he has to do in school.
    Then if there late 10 more times, they should go to jail for 2 weeks.
    Then it just multiplies from there.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  140. celina

    i think yes and no it will stop students from skipping school because some students are just irresponsible and parents do work hard for them to go to school and get a education. Its also good because some parents do not pay attention to there kids and dont care about what there kids do. But mostly it is good because if there parnets do get fined there parents might make sure that there children will get to school everyday.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  141. Rjay

    I think that the parents should be fined when their kids ditch class because how are students suppose to learn if they ditch. The parents should be fine because they are suppose to look after their kids because they are not an adult yet and they need guidance. Fining parents for their students ditching is a great idea, the fines will teach the parents to guide their children to always go to school and the whole day and make sure they are inside safely.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  142. Stephen

    The students should be fined, because kids need to be in school. Parents don't want to pay that fine so they better get their school.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  143. Girard

    I think parents should not pay the fine, because parents are not to blame. Children should be punnished.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  144. Allen

    Parents should not be fined. If they actually drop them off, how are the parents to blame.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  145. Chessman

    The parents shouldn' be fined. Students are to blame

    December 3, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  146. DaVon

    I dont think the parents should go to jail because the child keep missing school and the parent is trying there best trying to make the child go to school,so its really the childs fault and not the parents fault. i think if a child keeps missing school him or her needs to go to jail for 2weeks and make up the work that they missed or if not that they need to do community serivce.so there for if they do all of this hopefully they would stop missing school.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  147. kRiDiK

    Me personally i agree and support this new technique. The reason i made the decision i made is because parents are suppose to make sure that their children attend school and if they don't then that just shows the parents lack of responsibility and they don't care for their children. I attend school because i want to get my education and i have people to encourage me to go. I think parents should take responsibility and make their children go to school and if they cant do that they should be punish if not the student.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  148. Matthew

    I DONT THINK ITS A GREAT IDEA TO PUNISH THE PARENTS BECAUSE OF THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT STUDENTS ARE AT THE AGE TO KNOW THAT ITS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO SHOW UP TO SCHOOL NOT THE PARENT PARENTS HAVE THEIR EDUCATION ALREADY THEY NEED TO GET THEIRS

    December 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  149. Summer

    I think it is okay if the reason is the parents, but what if it's not?

    December 3, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  150. Eliza

    I agree...I think that parents are part of the reason why kids skip school. If parents are not giving their child support, or do not have consequenses for their child's actions, then they are not doing their job and they should be talked to or fined.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  151. christina

    I think that it is right for parents to get fined if they let their kids skip. They are basically taking their education away from them!

    December 3, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  152. Lauren

    I think that parents should not get in trouble for the kids skipping school because its not their fault, its the students. Most of the time the parents dont even know that they are skipping until they get caught and then they get a ticket so technecly the parents have no part in it. Its completely the students fault and therefore they should get punished not the parent or gardian.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  153. Bing

    I believe IMO, that using a "Judge" to help prevent Truancy is way over the line. Judges have courts and major issues to deal with than a student skipping a Monday class. If i was a parent, i'd take my child and move her/him to another school.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  154. christian

    No I do not think they should fine the parents because its not money being lost from the kids they should be punished. If they were sick or had to go somewhere and then the school might think there skipping and fine the parents for letting their kid stay home from being sick our go to a grandparents funural and get fined. And what happens if the familys to poor or they cant get a bus to their neighborhood and their parents cant drive them and they get fined because they cant even get there children to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  155. Kayla

    I think the students should get i trouble because there the ones that are supposed to be there, not there parents. I mean, theres really no excuse. They do have buses for your use, and you could always carpool with a friend. And if your excuse is "i missed the bus and i had no other way to get there" its still your fault becauase its your responsibulity to be at the bus stop on time. Families are going threw hard times right now, so they should'nt be fined because there children were being irresponsible!

    December 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  156. Emily

    I think that if the schools start fining the parents for the kids skipping school that it won't matter, because if the parents aren't showing any care that their kids aren't going to school in the first place then it wont matter. The parents would just tell the kids to drop out or if the parents have money they won't care about paying it.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  157. zach

    i think that they should fine the students because the parents could drop off there child to school then leave for work and the kid could still skip, but if the child had to pay money they would think twice about skiping

    December 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  158. Erin

    The fine for Truency right now it think is okay. Children who are in school need to be in school. When students skip class for days on days, it really does reflect on the parent. I don't think that the parents really think about what they are doing when they just let their child skip classes. it's a waste of money and a waste of the school district's time. i say if a parent wants to keep letting their child cut classes, then they should also pay the consequence as well, maybe this will will be a good thing for our future.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  159. Carson

    I think that this plan wouldn't work because when the parents get the fine and make their kids go to school, more than likely the kids will rebel against school rules instead of truancies. I think instead of giving fines, they should get a counselor an talk with the parents and the kids about their future. Such as what they plan on doing. If the kids don't have any interest in school, make them get their GEDs if they don't ahve the patience for school... or just home school them.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  160. elisha

    I think that they should not punish the parents because it could be that they did not even know that their kids were doing that

    December 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  161. Olivia

    I think they shouldn't charge the parents because their kids are skipping school. It's not their fault becasue it's their kids choices. The poeple who are charging them don't know that there not talking to them and punishing them for skipping school. A lot of kids just ignore their parents and do it anyway even if they know there going to get into more trouble. I think the parents should walk their kids to school and make sure they stay.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  162. Justin

    I do not think that this is going to work. I think that parents who don't care will pay the fine then have their kid transfer or drop out of school. Because obviously they don't care if they don't go to school anyways. I think that there is no way to stop kids from skipping there are some people who just don't care.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  163. Aubree

    I think that this form of punishment puts more responsibility on the parents and the parents would inforce the new rule. If parents are to busy to make sure their children go to school then they should be fined

    December 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  164. Ali

    I think that the students should be punished if they skip school. If they skip school often anyways. If it's a once in a while things then I wouldn't worry about it. Having a fine of 366 dollars is a big fine, but I think it all depends on how many days they skip and you could say 25 dollars per day they skip. Parents should be responsible for their child and take action into being an actual parent instead of having the schools take care of it. It's not right to not take care of your child.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  165. KyLeigh

    I think that the price for the parents to pay is a good price. If the parents don't care about the childs education then someone needs to, but after the parents have paid a certain amount of fines i think that they just need to tell the kid to drop out, if they are to busy skipping and dont care then why should we worry? The aren't worrying anyway so then tell them not to worry bout it! The fine is a good price and a good thing to try!

    December 3, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  166. Shannen

    I think that fining would help with the students coming back to school- only at first though. I think that if the kids are willing to not show up at school for days and days on end, then they won't care that their parents are being fined either.
    Then again- $366 is a TON of money for most families, and many parents don't have that kind of money to waste on their kids skipping school. It's a HUGE waste of money and the court is a huge waste of time. If the kids don't want to go to school- make them drop out and get their G.E.D.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  167. MRS. Butterfield's 1/2 Block

    My class voted overwhelmingly that a parent should be fined for allowing their student to skip school. My students believe that a child needs an education and that it is the parent’s responsibility to get them to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  168. Josh

    I think it is a good thing because kids should not skip school

    December 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  169. Jacob

    I don't believe that fining parents will work all the time. Sure, it will encourage parents to get their kids off to school when they know a fine is the alternative, but some people would continue to do it and refuse to pay a fine, making things even more complicated.

    Instead, maybe the opposite should be enacted from time to time: a reward being given to those who do have a good attendence record (such as a big field trip or a game day or something).

    December 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  170. CJH School,Los Angeles

    Parents should not be held countable for minors who ditch school
    since it is the students choice. If a Parent does his/her best than only the student should be held accountable. After a certain age Parents should not be fined and sent to court.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  171. Justen

    Parents should not be held responsible for their children' actions. Children make their own decisions and should suffer the consequences of their own actions.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  172. levi

    i think that they should not charge parents because the students are old enough and smart enough to know NOT to skip school, so they should charge the students.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  173. Melvin

    Parents should not be fined for the actions of high school students, they should be accountable for their actions. It would be a different story if the fines were for parents of elementary students. Community service for the students is a better option. Sweater vests rock Carl!

    December 3, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  174. wyatt

    yes.I think parents should pay if their kids skip school,then the parents would know and hopefully send and make their kids to go to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  175. DeLaney

    Parents should play an active role in their child's education and part of that role is making sure their child attends school. America's high school drop rate is high enough as it is. Therefore, fines for parents of truant children are good deterrents for not attending school.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  176. josh

    I dont think it would help because it will make parants take thier kids out of school causing jobs to go down and $366 in a recession many famalies dont have that kind of money

    December 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  177. sabrina

    i think we should stop skipping because i think it is roining there education.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  178. chris

    i think that they should not because people can do it anyways because some parents do not care. Also, people already pay enough money in this economy and the money may be used for giving their kids food on there plates so, no I think this is not a solution.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  179. john

    I think they should fine the parents and raise it $10 dollar after time thare students stay skip school mabey it will stop and not so much will skip anymore

    December 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  180. chris

    The wisconsin plan will not work because even though the parents have to pay it does not affect the kids. The children should be punished.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  181. alex

    No because its kids faults their parents shoulndnt have to deal with their consequences make them do labor work.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  182. angie

    i think its not going 2 work, cuz some parnets cant even afford to pay that kind of fine. if he/she skipps skewl den dat should not even be the parents responceablity, its the kids responceablity so that kid dat skipped should pay the fine not the parents, DONT SKIPP SKEWL ITS NOT KOOL

    December 3, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  183. Caleb

    I think that the children should get punished because school is very important .

    December 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  184. sarah

    i think not to make the parents pay because the parents tell the kids to go to school if they dont want to go and they want to get in trouble then let them

    December 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  185. randy

    I think that it is right in one way and wrong in the other.First they should do something about the kids skipping schools but not fine the parents because they might not even know there kid is skipping

    December 3, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  186. Kellie

    I think Wisconsin's plan is a great idea, and it will work efficiently. It is very important for parents to make sure their kids are in school because the kids are our future. We need a good education in order to succeed in life, and parents can make sure of this by making sure we are in school.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  187. cole

    I dont think the parents should pay the price instead of the students. The students should have a week of detention instead of using the money.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  188. Garett

    They should not because if your kid is terribly sick with some type of flu and give the ma fine it is not their fault. Or if they broke their bone sometime before school they should not be fined. Wisconsin can allow it but it should be for people who skip school without a reason.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  189. Amanda

    I agree and don't agree with the problem at hand and the way to deal with it. I think that truancy court will help some kids with there problem of skipping, and then again I don't agree because some kids just won't care, and keep skipping school, resulting in getting their parents to pay a fine, or get an arrest warrant. I also agree with taking the parents to truancy court, because they are responsible for their child(s)

    December 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  190. Brandon

    I think that it is fair because the kids wont learn as much as someone that goes to school and in the future they wont be able to pass one of their classes and will be held back.And when their parents pay a fine the kids will get in trouble even if the kids skip school

    December 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  191. Regan

    Many kids skip school but it doesn't make it right to punish the parents, they should punish the kid with something like a detention. If they didn't show up for the detention, then they should contact the parents and make sure that they will be at detention or any kind of punishment. The fine seems a little...large...but who knows, it might stop kids from skipping...

    December 3, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  192. kinsey

    I think that the parents should be punished as well as the kids. Its the kids fault for not going to school, but it is the parentsfaul for not making sure that their kid was at school in the first place.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  193. nikita

    i think that it is a bad idea bcuz wat if the parints forgot to tell the scool that they were sick or something luk that

    December 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  194. marissa

    i think that it should be up to the parents for there child to stay home. the parents shouldnt get fined for them stay home a day or two because there child could be sick or there going out of town.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  195. Ben

    I think that parents should have to pay a fine when their kids are absent. This will help parents be more aware about what their children are doing. The only time when parents should not be fined is if their child is sick, out of town, etc. I think that that it is bad if parents need to be fined to know that their children are absent.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  196. andrew

    i dont think that is very fair. I mean sometimes you have to be absent.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  197. Rachel (:

    I think that they should fine them after a certain amount of absences. It wouldn't be fare if they needed to go somehwhere for a family emergency or if they were sick the child would feel bad for getting sick. If the flu virus is out then the school should understand that the child could be sick because of the flu virus. But other than that the parents shouldn't be able to get fined for absences unless he/she was repeatedly absent. If I get this read on the CNN News that would be amazing because I can get a 100% on my next homework assinment! 🙂

    December 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  198. randy

    they should not punnish the parents because they might not even know there kid is skipping and also it is the kids fault if he or she does not want do work

    December 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  199. steve-o

    i think that it is boges because making a bill that cast more than my 10MPH over the speed limit. I RATHER TAKE THE SPEEDING TICKET THAN THAT $366.00 TICKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  200. Andre

    its hard for kids to remain in school for so many hours a day when they are limited to so many rules at the same time. if schools would lighten up a bit on the work they give us and the rules they inforce and cut back a little on the total hours in a school day or even change the time it starts at i think more kids would b attending school on a regular basis

    December 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  201. micahel

    Well i think this is something that is kinda good for the kids to see there parents paying money for them because they skip school and the parents will probably and they will have to face up to the fact that they hurt there parents in a financial way.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  202. Donald

    I think that is wrong to do that

    December 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  203. Hannah

    This plan will help kids who skip school, stay in school. If more kids who skip school get their parents involved, then those kids will get a better education by actually going to school. Even though $366 is a lot of money, parents should still have to pay that fine for not caring about their kid's education. Parents need to start taking action!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  204. Chamberlain

    Fining the parents of the students who skip school will not solve the problem. Students should be punished for their own actions. Making the parents pay money for something their children did, is unfair.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  205. isaac

    I think they should have to pay and it might help the parent get the kid to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  206. Bailee

    I think it depends on if the kids are skipping school because of their parents or not. If it is because of their parents then yes the problem should be solved, but if it is not because of the parents then it might not get solved.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  207. Nate

    It would solve the problem because it would teach the parents to watch over their kids and take a bigger responsibility over them.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  208. Julia

    I agree with the parents paying, but I think that the student who skips should have to pay something. The student should have to pay at least 5 to 10% of the fine that their parents get. It would help the student get an idea of what will happen if they're truant.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  209. Dillon

    I think that that is a good idea. I like it as long as they don't count excused absents then i think it is a good idea. Because it will make them get to school more.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  210. Shamayne

    I think that it is a good idea in some ways and in other it is not a good idea. It is good to sit down with the student and the students parent or parents. It is bad for some people that can't pay that amount of money and some parents don't even know that their kids are skipping. Some parents are so cought up in their own work that they don't have time.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  211. Ross

    I think kids should stop skipping but they shouldn't have to pay. I would say if you miss 13 days in a row you get detention. If they don't show up after 23 days in a row you get expelled.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  212. Annie

    No, that is NOT a good way to solve this problem. Say your are in HS or MS and you ride to school with someone else OTHER than your parents, well what if they talk you into skipping school with them? Why should parents have to pay if they don't know?

    December 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  213. rylee

    I think that it is ok because kids shouldn't be missing 15 days of school anyways and if parents let their kids skip then they should have to pay the fine.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  214. Donald

    I think this is wrong to do that to students parents especially at hard times, there could be multiple resends that the could be late and u don't take that out on the parents!

    December 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  215. chad

    I think kids are skipping school because they just dont want to go. Its not the parents fault because some kids go to school be leave when the get there

    December 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  216. chase

    I think that parents shouldn't be fined or get in trouble. I think this because what if a kid is really sick then he is going to take a while to heal. And what if a kid is hurt, then he needs to rest.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  217. RaeLyn

    I think the district's plan will help solve the problem. Lots of kids miss school for no apparent reason,and parents have a chance to help stop that. When students miss school,it could become a bad habit in the future,like a job for instance. If you miss to many days on your job,you get fired. And we want to stop that for kids so it won't affect them in their future.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  218. Dylan

    I don't think that this would solve the problem of students being truant. Some high schoolers say that they are going to school and while they are driving over they could just pull off and go wherever they want to go. The problem of truancy could be solved by charging the students who have jobs the 366 dollars. For the students that don't go they could make it so throughout the school day they are in a room by themselves and a teacher's aid so they don't have any fun, and when the student doesn't show up they call the parent and see if they are at home.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  219. Austin

    I think if kids are sneaking behind the parents backs they should have to sufur from the conciquinces not the parents because some parents want there kids to go the to school but they are being punished for something the didn't.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  220. Caylie

    I believe that this isn't right. I think that most parents try to make their kids go to school but they don't want to because they don't care about it and they are doing drugs or other things that they think are more important than school. I believe that they shouldn't have to pay the fine, Unless their children are under the age 16! Because when your 16 most teens think that they are a adults but they are NOT!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  221. Gabriel

    I think that what they are doing in Wisconsin is great I think that they should do it in more schools but I think that they should have t pay a higher price for a punishment . Every day they miss with out an excused absence should pay like a $50 for it . Also if you miss school the child should not get punished because it is there parents fault that they are not at school.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  222. Spencer

    I think that the fine would ether work or not work. I think it would work because some kids would get yelled at by there parents and they would start making sure that there kids were a school. I think it wouldn't work because their parents wouldn't care. They would be made at the reasion they have to pay the fine but I think that the kids really wouldn't care. It's sad to say but that's the way I feel.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  223. vanity

    well i believe that its good so then the kids will want to go to school more and there mom and dad will want them to gp to school so yes its a great thing to do for the school all over the world because i know that if happen to me i would want go to school every day to the end of the school year ......

    December 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  224. Ryan

    I don't think that this is the solution to this problem. My opinion is the parents should take responsibility for their kids actions. The school should not punish the students parents, they should punish the students by giving them OSS or Saturday school.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  225. Wess

    I don't think that fining the parents is necessarily a good idea, because thats just going to leave you with angry parents... and because of how high of a price the fine is, the parents would get angry at the child over it... which just leaves an angry child. When the child is angry then that just makes them want to go to school less, which makes the parents angrier than before, and so on, and so forth.

    In other words... bad idea.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  226. Alexandra

    Yes I think the Wisconsin district's plan will solve the problem because it's their responsibility to get their kids up and make them breakfast at least. They should sit down and ask them how they're doing in school. If the judge sits down with them and explains what is happening then maybe the teenagers will see what they are doing wrong and their parents can see how they can fix the problem.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  227. Jasmecia

    I am indifferent.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  228. Mallory♥

    I dont think that parents should have to pay for their children skipping, because most of the time, the parents think the kids are going to school with a friend or something and then they end up skipping.
    AND some parents might not be able to afford to pay for that kind of nonsense.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  229. caleb

    i think its a googd idea

    December 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  230. Tyler

    I strongly belive that parents should be fined because students need to be present for school unless there sick or ill. If parents have to pay a fine then more then likely they will make sure their children attend classes like there suppose to.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  231. Courtney

    i think this is silly that the parents are paying i think the kids should have to do community service or juvie time

    December 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  232. Daylon

    I think the fine is a great idea. Parents and students should be held accountable. In my school we have students that are absent for an extreme number of days without consequence. This sends the wrong message and when they enter the real world they suffer tremendously. I wish we could implement this policy in GA.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  233. Latisha

    I think this is a good idea because if parents are held accountable for their children's behavior they will do better by making sure their children do like their suppose to.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  234. caitlin

    ithink that fine shold be going to the parents because they are the people who are encarge of them so they should be making the kids go to school it is not the schools job to be going to evrey one house to make them go to school

    December 3, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  235. Levi

    I don't think parents should take resonsability for what there children do. Because the parents should let there kid's take responsibility for what they do. And if the parents don't then the kid's will never figure out how to be a responsable adult.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  236. JACK

    I don't think it is fair to the kids that stay home because they are sick. Just because they are skipping  doesn't mean that the mother has to go to court. Can't the mother just conference with the principal? I don't think that going to court is going to solve the problem.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  237. Daniel

    HE WON A PEACE PRIZE AND HE IS CAUSING MORE WAR

    December 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  238. Katherine

    It's unfair; if the parents really cared about their kid’s attendance at the school then they would do something. I can understand that the school just wants the best for their students, but you can't penalize the parents for that. Just call the parents and see what’s going on, no big deal. If there really was something the matter then the parents should ask for help, not be punished for their child's acts.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  239. Allen

    I think that students who are skipping school should be punished and not the parents, if the parent has dropped the student off at school in their car or watched them get on a bus they have done their job.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  240. St. Therese

    No, because the students are ultimately responsible for their own education. The parents can physically bring the students to school, but the students could be deceitful and skip school when they are not being watched.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  241. Rudaun

    I think the children should be fined not the parents, unless it is truly the parents fault for the student being absent.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  242. India

    I think that it would not help because most parents are wealthy enough to pay the $300-$380 fine. Most parents would just blow it off and do the time in jail because they might not care if their kids go to school or not.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  243. Blake

    I think the fine would help for some students. Their parents would be angry and decide to make them to go school. For parents that wouldn't care I have a different idea. If they decide they don't want to go to school they should be expelled. If they don't want to work and use their time then they shouldn't be wasting the teachers time, and just no the a allowed into the school.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  244. Tori

    I do think that this will lower truency occasions- but honestly over 300 dollars- for even a broken alarm clock?? I'm not sure. Maybe it isn't so bad- but in my opinian- yeah its pretty extreme.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  245. darren

    I think that they are right you shouldn't be able to skip school. I think it is mostly the parents fault because they don't care if their kids go to school. That is what I think should happen.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  246. joshua

    I think it's really good to do it but sometimes people can't get to class on time. I am kinda of late for class sometimes and I want to get my work done so I don't get in trouble.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  247. Ashlynn

    Yes, I do cause it would help by telling the parents get there kids to school faster. If the parents do not get there kids to school then the parents should get in trouble.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  248. Destinie

    My opinion is that when a student misses a certain amount of school days that they should have to do community work or pay for the says that they missed. If I were the principal there would be no missing school unless it was really seriously. If someone missed school and I was the principal they would be sitting in detintion all week making up the work that they missed.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  249. April

    Yes and No I think it would help in some places because it might make parents more strict with there kids. I think not because Some kids might lie to the person that they talk to about what the parents say to them, how they act when they skip school, and even if they know there doing it. So I think Yes or No.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  250. Zachary

    I don't agree with the Green bay judge because all you're going to do is make family's home school there kids. What if the family has to go see a funeral and can't because of the Green bay judge. That is cruel.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  251. Wyatt

    I think that Wisconsin's law is too stern. If you skip school once, it should not be a $366 fine. It should be maybe a slap on your wrist, or a $50 fine. Not something like $366. Unless, of course, they do it again.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  252. ian

    yes

    December 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  253. luigi

    I believe that parents should be finned for their kids skipping school because they should take respnsibility for their own kids action and they should know where their kids are at all times no matter what.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  254. noa/ch

    i belierve that thats a good idea and parents shouldnt get fines the kids should...........................please pick me i will love you 4ever and if you dont i will cry my heart out and i will hate you

    December 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  255. Rana

    I think that what the school is doing is right because students shouldn't be skipping school in the first place, and parents are not supposed to acknowledge the student skipping school. and to me i wouldn't skip school because my friends would be at school which leaves me to not having to do anything at all.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  256. Racheel

    i think the kids should be the only ones that get in troble because some kids do not leason to there partents so its no there falt that they dont leson and it no tlike the parents can spank them on the butt when there to old and its not like they can beat them so its not fair to the parents at all.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  257. Josh

    I think that it shouldnt be the parents getting in trouble for their childs truency because the parent or gaurdian could be at work at the time when their child is skipping school.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  258. Jessica

    Most of the time I think that the parents are to blame because they aren't watching their children enough. If a parent saw their child get on the bus, then that is all they could do. But if a parent did absolutely nothing to see if their child actually went to school then I would fine them.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  259. Kim

    I agree with Mr. Hanson. If you place fines on the parents then the students will make it to school. The parents don't want to pay a fine for leaving kids home. I think that you are handling it in a very appropriate manner.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  260. Skyler

    I think the Wisconsin Districts plain to help students stop skipping won't work that well because some students will still skip. I think the students who skip won't care if their parents get fined. Unless the parents get down in money or just flat out yell at the kids or try to motivate them to go to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  261. noah

    thats great but i dont think they should get find

    December 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  262. Anonymous

    I think the Idea of confronting parents with the problem of school skipping will help with the problem. It will show parents that school skipping comes with a price, and it will motivate them to make shore that there children get to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  263. Beth

    Sometimes parents don't control if their kids don't go to school or not, I think the kids should get punished. But it is a good idea to punish the parents because then there rules will become stricter, because the parent doesn't want to waste that much money because of the kid and his or her carelessness.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  264. loren

    will i think that when a student skip they should get trouble.if they abcent that why parent should a note why.all im am sayings is that the its not the parents fault its the students.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  265. Lacey

    I think that it is a good idea that they have a fine for the parents that their kids skip school. I think that that is far because that will teach the parents and hopfully the kids the importance of showing up for school. If the parents don't do anything about it and they have to keep paying the fine then some day they are going to see that they dug a bigger hole then they planned.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  266. shaun

    I think that they should be unless they truly try and force the kids to go to school becuase then it isn't their fault and if the kids have a true problem then they could bring them up to the school office and make sure that someone knows they're there and they could check them in

    December 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  267. Kory

    No, I think That taxes and prices should go down so peple that are not rich should beable to by medicine and go to the doctors because most of them have doctor appointments or they could be sick.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  268. Alex

    I think that when a child skips school, thats their mistake. The parent should not get into any trouble because they don't control what their child does. I also don't think that $366 is enough to supply a family with a car or bike that they don't have to even get to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  269. Conner

    When a child skips school it is from his or her own rebellious attitude, not from the parent's redirection. The child is the one going to school, and if they skip then it is their own problem. They are rebellious and when the parent is fined, the child gains power that shouldn't be trusted in a rebellious child.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  270. Riley

    I don't think that the Wisconsin district's plan is a good idea. It is the parents responsibility to make there kids come to school. If the parents don't care its their problem to pay the consequence. I think $366 is a lot of money. They should bring it down at least to $250.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  271. Caleb

    i think it wouldnt because right know it is hard times for people. Some people dont have the money to get billed. I think that they should talk to the kids and then make school more funner were kids will want to come.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  272. floyd

    I think they shouldn't punish the parents because they try to get the kids to go to school all the kids have to do is wait till the parent has left there site and leave school and then the parents get punished

    December 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  273. thomas

    I think the parents shouldn't be punished. Instead, the students should have to pay a fine.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  274. Andrew

    I think that the school board should not be punished because the kids themselves could decide to skip. And if the parents had work to do then they would have to leave before the students even woke up so it should not be their fault and they should not be punished.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  275. Dakotah

    I think it would help the problem of students skipping school because students are not going to want to keep paying for being late for class.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  276. meme

    i dont think parents should be punished because some parents have to go to work before there childs school even starts so they will not be home to take there child to school and make sure they get there. i know a kid who skipped school all the time because his mom was never there to take him to school and so she shoulnt get fined because her child is bad and does not go to school. it is not her fault she had to go to work.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  277. Sarah

    I think that the wisconsin district's plan would help solve the problem of people skipping school because if they get the word out that there would be a fine than there would be more parents making there kids go to school. Nobody likes to pay fines so i know that if the wisconsin district gets the word out then definetely it would probably solve the problem.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  278. Danielle

    I think that making the parents of the child with truancy problems pay the fine is a good idea.It would make the parents try harder to make sure their child go to school. If that doesn't stop the skipping next time they get charged with truancy the child should pay their own fine.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  279. james

    i dont like it, getting fined for staying out because your sick

    December 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  280. alvin

    I think that fining the parents for truancy would help parents. then they well have to step up to the plate and do their job as a parent.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  281. Emily

    you do the crime, you pay the fine!!

    December 3, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  282. KaYlA

    I think that it is kinda stupid that the president is doing this because if you are really sick then you cant miss skewl. All they want to do that for is that the government wants more money. I think that it is the kids responsablity and that is you want to miss a day of skel it shouldn't matter, if you wanna be stupid when you get older it is your des

    December 3, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  283. Colton

    I think that it's the kid's fault. The parents should just let the kids stay a night in their local juvenile hall.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  284. jessica

    i dont think they should blame the parents cause some kids runaway from school

    December 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  285. Grayson

    I think that parents should be fined because they are responsible for their kids.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  286. alli

    I think that if the parents are not taking enough responsibility to get their children to school then they should be blamed.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  287. Sue

    I think the parents will make their child go to school more now so they didn't have to pay a fine. But it is not fair for them to pay a fine unless the truancy continues. Or for an agreement with the judge the child that skipped should do work to pay off the fine and the parents should not pay for their mistake.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  288. Bryan

    I think students should suffer the consequences
    for their decisions instead of there parents or
    guardians, it's not their parents fault.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  289. Torrey

    I don't think this will or would help at all. You have to attend school, yes that is the law, but that doesn't mean that they have to start charging money for not going to school? There has to be a better way around this situation.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  290. Drew

    I believe that it is a good idea to fine the parents for the students truancy. That way parents that have students that are preforming truancy will take notice and pay more attention to getting their kids to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  291. Travis

    i think parents should pay the fine because most parents let there children stay home.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  292. T.J

    I think that it should be a fine on the parents when the kids are truancy.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  293. Austin

    Why make the parents pay the fine when the students are the ones who are skipping they should have to pay the fine or work it off like being involved in after school activites.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  294. Bond

    I believe that the students grades have to matter here. If the student is doing exeptionaly well then I don't think its a problem. Not to mention I don't believe that you can get an honest review of the questions that is asked by the judge.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  295. Dakota

    This is not a good idea, and it will make parents get mad and feel angry with the school.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  296. Kaitlyn

    No, because it is not the parents fault that the child skipped school. I think this because when the parent watches their child walk into school or get on the bus they think that they are going to stay in school and get their education, but when you leave or the bus drives away you don't think that your child is going to walk out the doors of the school and do something else all day. So I think that it isn't something to blame the parents on and make the parents pay for. I think that the child should pay back for a person to watch over the child all day or have the child set in detention, ISS, or OSS.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  297. alex

    that is not fair everyone needs time off school

    December 3, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  298. Mj

    The kids need to go to school and it is their fault if they don't. But parents need to make them go so they don't have to pay for it. If the parents don't they will pay a fine.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  299. Joseph

    I think that if you would keep fining the parents of the kids for truancy, then eventually you should see a decrease in the truancy records.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  300. ufo

    no cause that would take our money student is responsible.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  301. Abrielle

    Yes I do. If they keep fineing the parents their going to make sure their kids don't miss school anymore. It's important for kids to go to school if they want to make something of themselves.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  302. sean

    i dont think that is fare what i you miss the bus or what if you live way out of town like me

    December 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  303. mathew

    Why would they blame the parents, it's the students responsibility.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  304. Tiannah

    I think the should not blam the parents because it is the kids fault.And what if the parents can not pay it.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  305. Mahkia

    I'm glad that at least one school is taking action to keep students in school. What they are doing is a good idea, but what if the parents are unaware that their student is skipping school? Are they still responsible for the fine for something they didn't even know about?

    December 3, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  306. Briana

    Blaming the parents solely is not an effective way for students to stay in school, talking to the students and finding out why they skip might solve the problem more efficiently than fining the parents.

    December 3, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  307. stephanie

    I think it is ok to fine parents for there kids missing school. Kids should not miss school unless it is important. Parents should care if there kids get a good education. Parents should not be responsible for waking their children up in the morning. The kids should take the responsibility of doing things on there own. If parents had to pay everytime their child missed school they would want there kids to go to school ALL THE TIME!!

    December 3, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  308. Coya

    I don't agree the student misted school not the parents and paying 366
    dollars for missing school is outrages people live in the country if they miss the bus their parents wont stop their work to take them to school
    thats how they get money. The punishment should be 10 hours of
    community serves .

    December 3, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  309. Payten

    366 is way to much money. What are you going to do with all that money.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  310. Haley

    I think that the plan can have two effects. Maybe parents will actually start paying attention to their kids. And maybe they will also get the kids to go to school if the parents would be brought into all of it and have to pay a fine. Though I do think that it should be lenient if the parents had not a clue and wanted to start helping their kid. Then if things don't clear up, the fine could be neccessary.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  311. Aaron

    I do not think parents should pay the fine for their kids truancy. I have personally skipped school and that sort of thing. If my parents had to pay 366 dollars for skipping school, we'd be in more debt then we already are. An idea i had was taking the kid and make them spend the amount of days they skipped in detention, seeing how that is a punishment and does not put people 366 dollars in debt if they do not have a fine paying job.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  312. Claire

    I think that having the parents paying a fine will make them want their kids to go to school so they don't have to pay a fine. If the kids don't go to school then their parents will probably punish them and then the kids and parents will get tired of being punished.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  313. Joseph

    I think that the tax maybe only effective to some parents, but in reality, some parents can pay the fine and there won't be a change on their part. Parents and students need to realize that education is a must in today's society.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  314. Ms. Missele's C block

    Erin says: Yes this is a good plan. Education is important and if parents don't do what they are supposed to do then they should pay the price.

    Raul says: If we don't get a good education then we won't get a good job, so I agree that this plan is a good idea.

    Riley says: This is not a good plan. It is not fair to punish the parents if they send their kids off to the bus and then the kids don't get on the bus. In other words, parents don't have control of what their kid does once they've left the house so parents shouldn't be fined.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  315. evan

    that is very true BUT the rents shouldnt get fined

    December 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  316. Lea

    I think Wisconsin's truancy fine will work. Too many parents have stepped out of the parent role and this forces them to parent, not be the kids friend. The parents need to teach responsibility to their children and too many parents need to learn it themselves.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  317. Delgrotar

    no....famlies cant even afford things now, by making parents pay the fine more and more parents would want to move out of the school district. Also, why punish the parents for something the kids are doing, instead of fining the parents, how about making those kids have service hours or something to make up for the times they skipped.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  318. Anna

    I think that they should give the sutdents second chances, but that if they skip school more than just a couple of times, then maybe their parents should be fined, especially if the parents aren't doing anything to stop their kids.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  319. Jesse

    There should not be a fine to parents because it does not help. This will make more parents angry and they will pull their kids out of that school.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  320. Elias

    Fining the parents is not a good idea because it's punishing the parents instead of the students. The parents should be encouraging their kids to go to school, and it's the kids responsability to go to school on their own.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  321. Kiani

    I think that this would make parents very mad if they had to pay for their children being late although it would make them get their children up.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  322. gabi

    i do beleive that the fine would make the parents be more aware if their students go to school. if i was a parent and i found out that there was a fine for my student skipping so much i would make my kid was at school.especailly since we are in a ression parents can barely afford the nessesities, i don't think they would want another bill to pay

    December 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  323. Felipe

    I think that this is completely ridiculous and unnecessary. if parents can't make their kids go to school, a fine won't either

    December 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  324. Ally

    I think it is a good and bad idea,because what if you missed a day then your parents paided $366 and a few days later a family member got sick and had to go the hospital and they didn't have the money.What would they do then?

    December 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  325. Emi

    This does not help because the kids that are skipping don't even care about their parents. To help them, we need to build a school for kids that skip school, away from their parents, and see how they feel.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  326. Helen

    Wisconsion is doing the right thing because kids shouldn"t be skipping school unless they're away, sick or have a doctor appointment for part of the day,

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  327. devin

    disagree,it should $266 dollars

    December 3, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  328. Morgan

    I think that both, the parent and the child, should be in some kind of concequence. The parent should be responsible and should have the child at school. The child should be in trouble to because they should know better than to skip school. So I'm 50/50 with the whole situation.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  329. Cassie

    I think it is a good idea to tax parents for the kids skipping school. Maybe it shouldn't be a $366 dollar fine right away but if the kids are doing it repeatly then give the parents the $366 fine. Parents should know if their kids are in school or not. Kids are parents' responsibility. I know that taxing is a good idea because when the parents get the fine, they will get angry. Then the kids will get is so much more trouble, they will never skip school again.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  330. Amy

    I think the children need to be punished. The parent should not be punished for their child’s wrong doing. The children will never learn their lesson if the parents are paying the fine.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  331. corey

    I think that the judge should not punnish the parents. The kids was the main reason why the parents get punished so the kids should get punnished

    December 3, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  332. Stel

    I feel that if it is the kid skipping school the parents should not be punished. The kids should be warned to not skip school instead of asking the parents to pay a fee for something they didn't do. Maybe the teacher could ask the parents to lecure their kids or something, but definetly not pay $366 for their child.of courese, if the parent is letting the child skip school, then it is another story...

    December 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  333. Danielle

    I think what that judge is doing is totally right to go to the parents then after all that happens maybe they'll learn.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  334. Alofaaga

    Yes,it will help solve the problem. If kids are skipping school all the time, that means they won't learn anything. So the parents should do something, so their children could stay in school.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  335. bigz

    No, fine the direct cause! If you fine the student, you will send them a wake up call!!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  336. lawrence

    YES I THINK IT DOES BECAUSE IF YOU SKIP SCHOOL AND THE TEACHER FINDS OUT THAT IT WAS YOU OR YOUR PARENTS KNOW THAT IT WAS YOU .YOU GET TO PAY THE FINE AND NEXT YOU ARE GOING TO THINK THAT YOUR PARENTS ARE SUFFERING FOR YOU AND WHAT YOU DID.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  337. Stella

    I think that the kids who are skipping school should be punished and not their parents. An idea to keep kids in school could be to make games out of some work there doing instead of sitting in a class room all day.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  338. jaeleen

    yes, i think that it does solve the problem. i think that it does solve the problem because if the parents are holding the students back, the parents would face alot of concequences that they wouldnt want to face.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  339. Dorothy

    Yes,so the kid's can stay in school and learn.The parent can also give their children advice to go to school,so they won't have to pay the money.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  340. eddy

    Wisconsin is know for lots of things but if Wisconsin starts to get know for wrighting turancy tickets, and then every person that moves to Wisconsin will have to pay a $366 fine, if thier chld skips school too much. After they move (if they decide to) they're going to tell everybody they know not to move to Wisconsin so they dont pay that much money for what their child did.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  341. katie

    i think that it is not fair to blame our parents for what we do

    December 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  342. Kendall

    I agree but then again i also disagree. I don't think that Wisconsin judge should do that because of all the taxes problems in the country.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  343. Sam

    I would have to agree on that, the students would see that they have done something pretty bad. Instead of punishing them or grounding them, you can have them pay the $366 off. That might help them realize what they have done.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  344. wesley

    I don't belive the parents should have to pay the fines I think the students should have to. the students should get a chance first for a good reason then if it isn't true at all then put them in court.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  345. Brock

    I'm from Wisconsin, but I think that the law is too stern. It should be dropped lower and then risen each time you skip. Then, the parents might make their kids go to school because they don't have the money, especially during the tough econimical times.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  346. Horacio

    First of all putting all the blame on the parents is not fair. I believe the students should be responsible enough to wake themselves up and go to school if they want to succeed. Also it depends on the grade the child is in, if the are in elementary shcool it might be the their parents fault. If they are in middle or high school, they're on their own.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  347. Nate

    I agree. If a kid skips school their parents are pretty much responsible because they're the parents of the kid. Even if you skip school once you should get a $366 fine because it's the law to go to school until a certain age. It also might make parents recognize their kids actions and then be more strict because i know that no parent wants to get a $366 fine in this economy.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  348. Nani

    The answer I chose was yes because the students have to realize that school is very important, and the parents should encourage the kids and not let them sit back while they are the ones that are going to be paying for it. It's a wake-up call for every kid out there, and for the kids to become knowleagable.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  349. Jessie

    I think that parents should be fined because they should be encouraging students to go to school. But if they aren't, they should be fined.
    If they don't they should be arrested. I agree completely
    Jessie

    December 3, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  350. Rachel

    I do agree with the descicion to try kids in court, but even if you fine the parents it won't stop the kids from skipping. Most kids skip behind their parents backs and what will a good yelling and grounding do? Almost all kids at this age don't listen to their parents so what will one more thing 'not to do' stop them from?

    December 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  351. Nicole

    I think this fine will stop most of the skiping school because parents won't want to pay $366 every time their kid skips school. Most parents will make it stop the first time it happens.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  352. Max

    I think that parents should be fined for their children not going to school because they should be the ones to help their children get there and they should know that. I don't know if $366 is enough because school's pretty important.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  353. Toloa

    No because if the parents pay the money the money will not talk to the parents and tell the parents to step up and teach their child what is right.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  354. Spencer

    I do think that when students skip out on classes their parents shouldn't pay, the students should pay. Of course, they should pay less of what their parents would have paid. Then the students might just stop.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  355. Antonio

    I think obama should send more troops over to afgan because then they can get job done faster and the afgans could get more experience so yeah obama should send about 30,000 troops to afgan

    December 3, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  356. CarlosG.

    I think its a good idea for schools, since they get paid for having kids attend, but giving a $366 fee to a parent ? i think thats way too much. i dont agree with the fine, specially one that high.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  357. Aaron

    I believe that it is unfair to the Parents, they should make the Students pay the fine, because sometimes Students can hide inside of school to skip classes.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  358. Victoria

    Has the u.s really come to this! Were in economic troubles and in debt and they want us to pay a fine for missing class. What happened to a detention and a call home?

    December 3, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  359. Patricia

    I think the parents shouldn't get punished because it's not their fault, it's their child's fault. The kids are the ones going to school. Not the parents.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  360. Amber

    I think it is unfair to the parents of these students. Although they should be notified about their child's truancy, they should not be fined that much money, many families just couldn't pay that.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  361. etevise

    Yes! it does help because alot of parent's want there children to have a good and a better future so this is helping them to keep there children in school and let there parent's know if there kid's is in school or not.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  362. Ashley

    I agree to the fact of fining parents to truancy. This will teach students to stop skipping so they can get something from their parents.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  363. Jennifer

    I think the parents should be fined because they are the ones responsible for getting their kids to school. With this idea, i think it will lower the percentage of kids skipping school and no parnet would want ot pay $366 for their kids just skipping school.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  364. Jennifer

    I think the parents should be fined because they are the ones responsible for getting their kids to school. With this idea, i think it will lower the percentage of kids skipping school and no parent would want ot pay $366 for their kids just skipping school.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  365. Jennifer

    I think the parents should be fined because they are the ones responsible for getting their kids to school. With this idea, i think it will lower the percentage of kids skipping school and no parent would want to pay $366 for their kids just skipping school.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  366. Marian

    Yes it does because if they don't go to school the student's parents will have to pay $366. Whether or not they like it they have to go to school. It's the law.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  367. Michael

    To me this is a 2 way thing. To me the parents only job is that they get their child to school safely and punctually. Then its up to the student to get on class on time and stay there. Really to me there should be no fine to a simple matter of not getting to class on time, for we really dont know who is to blame.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  368. neha

    Yes it does.America's ecnomy is in a time of crisis, and some families
    don't have jobs. Those that have jobs will not want to waste there money on fines everytime, and it'll also make the parents send their kids to school to save big bucks.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  369. Jillian and Grace

    We think parents of children who skip school should take responsibility. It is not the childrens' fault they want to skip school. It is the parents' fault, they obviously are not influencing their kids to do otherwise. On the other hand, the children should also take some responsibility.The blame should be equal between the parents and children.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  370. Max

    Doing this will cause more parents to make sure that their student ends up in school, even if it means having one of the parents walk with their son/daughter to their class. Although an alternate idea would be great, such as having the students stay after school to do some work like cleaning or sorting stuff

    December 3, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  371. Nikki

    I think it is wrong to make the parents pay a fine for their child skipping school. Parents dont usually know what there children are doing because they are at work. it is unfair and unrealistic to think that its the parents fault. if anything it might as well be the schools fault for letting the student go and not having good enough security.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  372. bernadee

    no,the kids don't care if it causes the parents to pay,because its the parents hard work that pays it off,Kids think money grow on trees.if kids think that skipping school is cool,make them go to jail so they'll realize their mistakes.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  373. Dusty

    I think its unfair to punish parents for the actions of their children. High school students are mature enough to know when they should go to school and to know that they are expected to go to school. If a students parent is not home when they go to school there is nothing that they can do to make sure their child goes to school, so it not fair to punish a parent when they are not the one making the bad decision.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  374. Alex

    No it wouldent becouse say someone is sick with H1N1 they cant help it so why would they get charged if it happened naturally.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  375. Tilesi

    Yes.Let parents know that the school staff needs help with truency.Also inform the parents of what is going on in school and help put a stop to skipping school. But for the students show them how tough it is for both them, their parents,and the staff.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  376. lauina

    yes because if the kid is still skipping school the parent are going to lose a lot of money by paying these fines.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:32 pm |
  377. MaryAnn

    I agree. If a parent just lets a student stop going to school, they should pay the fine, but I really think the students should also pay half of it because they need punishment too! It's not like they can walk away with it.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  378. Shelby

    I think it's a GREAT IDEA! Get the kids back in school. If the parents are not doing their job by getting their kids to school, then they are not doing their part. Parents...grow up and get your kids to school!!!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 7:39 pm |
  379. HRISHI

    I THINK BLAMING THE PARENTS FOR THEIR CHILDREN SKIPPING SCHOOL IS A VERY STUPID IDEA

    December 3, 2009 at 7:40 pm |
  380. Catherine

    It is not always the parents fault, but sometimes it is. If the person who is charged with this is in dept they are having to pay a fine and that just puts more on there back. When you charge someone for something they had no idea their children were doing then that is just not right. If i was in this situation and was in dept i would not want to pay!

    December 3, 2009 at 7:42 pm |
  381. CAitIE

    i think that if you are going to play hookey you should at least have the paitence to sit in a court room for a few hours or have at least 300 dollars for every time you decide to play hookey.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:45 pm |
  382. logan

    I don't think kids should skip school and my punishment would do a lot of extra homework after school.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm |
  383. Claire

    Pay for being sick and missing school!!! Why would you have to pay if you miss school? You might get suspended if you miss lots of school for no reason,but pay for it! Thats just wrong.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm |
  384. Amie

    I think that maybe the judge should have asked the parents about their kids instead of asking the kids about their parents. If their parents were as responsible as they should be, their kids shouldn't be the ones skipping school.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  385. Marie

    Yes, It helps solve the problem by telling the parents to bring their kids to school. It also worries the parents because they don't want to pay money. How it also helps is by teaching the parents a lesson.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm |
  386. alyssa

    i think that the student should get the punisment because maybe its not their mom.they might of just woke up late because they thought that if they did not wake up their mom wouldnt wake them up

    December 3, 2009 at 7:56 pm |
  387. MIkayla

    I think that this is a good idea because parents should be encouraging students to go to school and get and education instead of telling them its ok to skip

    December 3, 2009 at 7:56 pm |
  388. rosemarie

    yes it helps the students to solve their problem,andgive advice to them.it helps them to learn something new each day

    December 3, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  389. Rachael

    I honestly don't think that's a fair thing to do. I think that the consequences of the students actions should be brought upon themselves, not their parents.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:59 pm |
  390. deborah

    yes, it helps students stay in school and helps their education. It also helps to stop truancy.Ithink this is a good solution for this problem.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:00 pm |
  391. Janaye

    i believe that even if you charge the parents for it, the kids wont stop. skipping and missing are two completely different things and it wont affect the childs judgment when the chance to skip occurs.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  392. sam

    YES , IT THREATENS THE PARENTS TO PUSH THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL.BUT IF THEY DONT THEN IT WILL COST THEM MONEY OR THEY MIGHT GET ARRESTED

    December 3, 2009 at 8:04 pm |
  393. Connor

    I'm for the fine. Parents relay on other people (including school) to raise their kids. It is time for the parents to take resposability for their kids actions. It is time for parents to wake up and relize that nobody is going to raise their kids for them.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  394. Brian

    Why should the parents only be punished. It's the kid skiping school. Shouldn't the kid be punished to?

    December 3, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  395. Katherine

    I think that is a smart idea. During this time people save every penny. I dont think any one would like to pay for skipping school. It is a good, smart idea!

    December 3, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  396. Katrene

    You skiped school you skipped the learning. You lost the nolege. If you pay you lose more!

    December 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  397. Jesse

    I don't think that the parents should be punished for their childs disobedience! Some parnents ( like mine) may be at work by the time that we get up for school. One way to reduce this problem is to start school later, not by much but enough that students will be able to make it in time!

    December 3, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  398. Skee

    The parents shouldn't be punished unless they willingly allowed the kids to stay home from school without a good reason. Some parents see the kid leave for school, but don't know that the kid never made it to school. If they didn't know they skipped, the kid should be fined. This would make things better for the innocent parents, and teach a lesson to skippers.

    p.s. CARL ROCKS! p.p.s: get new and funnier puns, please
    this is skee, and please dont SKIP my thought

    December 3, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  399. Penny

    It's not right to blame the parents for what the student is doing. They could just give detention or something simple; we have enough problems with money right now with the economy.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  400. Mary

    I think that the Wisconsin district has the right idea. Even if kids sometimes act like they don't care what their parents say, the would probably stop skipping school as much if they knew that their parents disapproved. Forcing the parents to pay a fine is positive reinforcement for both the student and the parent, and could keep both out of trouble later on.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  401. burt

    i think the truancy punishment is good because the parents should make sure their kids to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  402. Mychel

    No it would not help that much because it really depends on the parents. Some parents who don't spend much time with their kids, the kids have to rely on their freinds. So the parents would not really care. Espeicially if they make good money.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  403. Mychel

    wow!!

    December 3, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  404. Justin

    I personally think that this is absolutly a terrible descision. I mean seriously we're already in a tough situation economicaly, why make it worse? You have to face the facts absences are going to happen whether you fine the parents or not.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  405. alex

    I think parents shouldn't have to face charges because their son/daughter is skipping school. The student should be in more trouble.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  406. Bub

    If the kids want to skip school go head and have a bad future. Parents should not have pay for there kids to have a bad future. Because they will need that money to feed the kids when they don't have a job because they did not go to school.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  407. Becky

    Parents should not be fined for their kid's skipping. Some parents cannot afford the fine, and they shouldn't be arrested for it! Truancy Court? I realize some parents don't care, but instead of fining the parents, they should simply expel the kid if they are a repeat offender. Since they don't like school so much. Then maybe their parents will pay attention.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  408. -Ele-

    I think it is fair because most kid that are skipping school most parents know or are letting them skip.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  409. Matt

    The parents should not be punished for the kids actions. The kid should be punished but the parents should not be blamed. It's gust not right to punish the parents because the kid did it and why should the parents be charded/ finded. Besides it's the holaday seson so why can't any one give a brack to any.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  410. alex

    I don't think President Obama should send more troops to Afghanistan, I understand there is a war going on, but the troops should be pulled out.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:08 pm |
  411. Jacob

    I think that this should not have started in the first place because kids will not stop skipping school, they think that it is "cool". Because it has already been set as a consequence, I think that it will get the student's parents to get that kid to stop skipping school when the economy is going down the drain. The parents should want to keep the extra money for things that are needed, not just to waste on the kid not being in class.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:08 pm |
  412. Jason

    No i do not like the idea because the economic is in troubles why not a call home or detention.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  413. Abigayle

    Some parents deserve to be fined because of their carelessness with their children's education, but some accually care! This might work on some but the others really don't deserve it.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  414. Destiny

    I think that fining parents is a great idea. When parents have a bill of $366, parents will realize that their child needs to stop skipping classes. Soon, parents are going to start taking responability of their childrens actions when those bills start to rise.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  415. Alexia

    I definitely don't think this will work. Even if parents pay the fine and reprimand their kids, the kids can probably still find a way out of school, forcing their parents to pay even more. The students should be fined themselves or be forced to do community service.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  416. Destiny

    That would not be a real affective way to solve things. Just because the parents would be fined doesnt mean the kids won't stop skipping. Schools should try giving the kids community serive PLUS a fine! And if the family cant afford the fine then give them at least one week in the county jail(the student). It dosn't matter who they are students should be held responsable for their actions. Parents could have a fine of a million dollars and the student still wouldnt care until they have the concequence(s) once they cant get their way they would stop! I know I would.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  417. Lydia

    I can honestly say this is a great idea! It brings into perspective on the influnence parents have on their children. Children missing school because a parent does not try his or her best is simply unacceptable. i think this should be put in every school!

    December 3, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  418. brandon

    They should do that because so many school are under NYP every year that they need to do something, the parents are not doing anything.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  419. Matthew

    I do not support this idea because making the parents pay $366 will not help the economy. Still then, the kids probably won't care because the parents have to pay.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:34 pm |
  420. Stephan

    I think that the students should get punished if they were the ones who skip school. The parents should not pay for this incident.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
  421. Natalie

    It is technically the parents' faults if kids decide to ditch school. They have not given kids the right backgrounds for them to know how important school is. The answer is debatable, however, because of the whole nature vs. nurture argument.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  422. fabien

    yes i thinking the punishment can solve the problem for the u.s
    student don't have skip school for no reason even u have reason some of them can't help you to skipping . we are the futur for the earth so we don't have to skip school . i like the way wisconsin court punish the parents for that. our parents have to check every weeks if son or daughter went do school every weeks . if that can be in the whole state that going to be cool for everyone thanks

    December 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  423. Kaitlyn

    I think that parents shouldn't have to pay a fine for their kids skipping school. It's not their fault, they probably didn't know when the child did it. I think they should punish the child for skipping class, BUT if the parent did know then they should have to pay the fine.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  424. Kori

    I think that parents shouldn't have to pay the fines because if the kids decide not to come to school, then that's their problem, not the school's. I don't think that that's teaching the kids any lessons either, especially when the kids aren't getting punished, just the parents. It's not solving anything.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  425. scott

    My question... why $366? How are these numbers decided? Why not $266 or $365? Either way I think any fine starting with a number other than a "1" would prove to be equally effective. Mentally, $201 seems more daunting than $199. That's why you find such numbers while shopping.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  426. Cartman

    I think this new fine will definately decrease the percent of students skipping school. If parents know about the fine they will probably be more strict on their kids to go to school because lets face it, $366 is a LOT of money. Plus, in these hard economic times every penny counts kids skipping school are basically throwing away their parents' hard earned money. You could buy so many things with $366 i mean, imagine how many pizzas you could buy with that...

    December 3, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  427. Reanna

    I don't see how this would help, because it's the kids that are skipping and not the parents. So punishing the parents may help the parents to convince there child to go to school but it's the kids action. Wether they go or not. So i think there should be some punishment for the kids also and not just the parents!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  428. Jack

    Yes, I think parents should pay a fine because they have a big influence over their kids' actions and if they are lazy then kids will think it's ok.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  429. Samantha

    I don't think that the fines are a good idea. Yes, the parents might get mad about it, but we have to realize that there are some parents out there that are too busy to be worried about their child's attendence.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  430. Dillon

    i think people should stop sleepin through their alarm and they can get to school on time so there parents don't have to pay the fee.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  431. Reeba

    i think the parents shouldn't get punished for what their child did. The child should get punished. Anyways, the fee is too much. $366 is a big deal.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  432. john

    i thing that is the kids falt because whan they get older they will not lisen like i don't care so is hard for parent to walk up thier kids.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  433. Daniel

    I can understand the schools trying to do something about Truancy, but this is not right. The student's parents are not going to be the problem when a student skips school, It's the student themselves. If schools want to solve this problem, they should think about just giving tougher punishments for truants.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  434. mike

    IS THE PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARENTS FALTE

    December 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  435. Shelby

    There is probably a reason why high school students are ditching school ma be from problems they are having i think that they should not have the parents pay a fine or go to court it should be the kids punishment not the adults.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  436. MAtt

    i dont tink the parents should be find because, the kid is the one skipping school. they should get in troble only.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  437. Emily

    If parents aren't paying attention to their kids then fines might be a good wake up call. If the education of their child isn't important enough for them to keep on top of their child's attendance, then maybe a few hundred dollars would encourage them to keep an eye on things. If the parents aren't aware of their child's truancy, then a fine and a court date would ensure they were fully informed. If my parents got a $366 fine for me skipping, they'd make me pay it, and I'd bet most parents would do the same.

    Getting detentions for skipping isn't a big enough deterrent. Contrary to popular belief, teenagers aren't completely self-centered, and fining the parents might make the students feel guilty, which might actually inspire them to go to class.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  438. Yurai

    I do not think it is necessary to charge fines for truancy. I say this because if the students want all their classmates to get more education it will ruin it for him/her who skips school. When you get into highschool/college you will need the education to pass. So if they decide not to learn then it will end up hurting them in the long end.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  439. Zakarta

    I do think the truancy fine is acceptable. If the kids really want to skip school they should be disciplined after the parents have to pay the fines.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  440. Samantha

    I think it's a great plan! Hopefully it'll give the parents some motivation to make sure their children are in school. I have a lot of friends that say their parents allow them to stay home from school whenever they want to. What's going to happen ten years from now when they have no education? Our society will be paying a lot more than $366 every month to support these students and their families.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  441. SH

    Is this even legal??

    December 3, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  442. Ben

    I don't think thats a wise idea, because paying $366 for a truency could cause familes to go in dept, and others even further in dept.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  443. Emma

    No, I don't think it's a good idea, mainly because its not the parents who are skipping school. Its the students.
    Maybe they could put the tax on the students instead for skipping school?

    December 3, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  444. Sam

    I think that the fine is a great idea. If the parents are fined then they'll want their child to stop skipping so they won't get fined again.

    December 4, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  445. Marco

    i think the kids should be blamed not the parents.i think the kids should stay in detention instead of the parents paying a fine. parents are too busy to pay for a huge fine, when they are already paying so much for christmas shoping

    December 4, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  446. Dylan

    I do not believe that the fines are a solution for the problem as yes the parents may get upset and all but in the long run,it is still up to the students to attend there classes.The parents can do everything right like taking the student to school, even walking them to there class, but that does not mean that the student will stay in school the entire day.

    December 4, 2009 at 12:14 am |
  447. Michaele

    I don't think it's right for the parents to get fined for what the student did. To fix problems, why not just have students take there punishment for their actions. It would be much better to have an in-school suspension for a week. And also, some parents can't afford these fines.

    December 4, 2009 at 12:26 am |
  448. Vincent

    I think parents should be punished for either supporting/ not making sure the students get to school everyday. Parents must take responsibility of their children especially something as important as school

    December 4, 2009 at 12:56 am |
  449. Babar

    I think that it would not be helpful because you can fine them all you want but how will it help stop truancy?So what if they get fined, they still have the ability to skip school. but if you say something like putting the parents in jail unless the kid go to school for this number of days, that might help.

    December 4, 2009 at 1:02 am |
  450. josh

    i think that the fine is a good idea for some parents, but it needs to be a little lower.

    December 4, 2009 at 1:07 am |
  451. Teuwea

    I'm going to say no because even though parents are trying really hard to pay the $366, some kids are never going to care. So, to me a solution would be to let the kids be fined or punished and sent to jail so they can be disciplined. Then in the end, when they finally realize that they were wrong, they won't do it again.

    December 4, 2009 at 1:13 am |
  452. Marissa

    I think it is a bad idea because the kids will still skip school. But is think it is a good idea for the fines and a bad idea for the jail thing.

    December 4, 2009 at 1:13 am |
  453. Puletofi

    I will say no because kids won't care if their parents are paying $366. They don't even care because they don't feel how hard their parents work for them. My way of solving this problem is for parents and teachers to work together to lend these students a helping hand. Give them advice, support and try their best to make these students feel happy in school and at home. Make them feel welcomed every time.

    December 4, 2009 at 1:16 am |
  454. Elise

    I believe that the fines will not work because there will be parents who would not be able to pay the $366 fine, others who wouldn't care about where their children are, and people who wouldn't be able to make the "truancy court" because of their job(s). The district and parents can't control the student's actions not matter how hard they try the student would still find ways to ditch and be truant.

    December 4, 2009 at 1:28 am |
  455. Will

    Its the only thing thats going to get through to the kids and the parents. If a kid misses school because the parent dosn't care enough to push the child don't punish the child for the parents bad parenting.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:01 am |
  456. Paul

    I believe the fine would not fix the problem. Considering that attendance problems are often among children of a lower economic class, many of the families of the children with truancy problems wouldn't be able to pay the fine. I'm sure having their parents in jail wouldn't exactly help the truancy rates.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:14 am |
  457. Sammy

    I don't think it's such a great idea. Sometimes the students doesn't want to go to school because they think it's boring, want to have more fun, or they hate the teachers. The parents might not know about it since they work to get a good education for their kids and to pay bills for living. I don't think that ditching school is a bad idea unless they're failing school. The fines are too much money, I don't think the muniprincipal even deserves them. They don't know how us students feel.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:20 am |
  458. Matt

    I think this plan goes a little far. With the recession and all some people might not be able to pay for their children's skipping. I think that officials should get together to talk up another way to get students to stay in school rather than taking money away from families who might not be able to afford it. Also some parents might talk to their kids and try to get them to go to school but behind their back the student is still skipping which costs the parent(s) more money when they don't even know about it. I think the best policy would be to think of something that affects only the student and doesn't take away from the whole family.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:47 am |
  459. Zach

    I believe that this will help increase attendence very much, because it becomes the parent's responsiblitiy to get their child to school. But I also think that this may be unlawful considering that it is not the parents fault that their child has attendance issues.

    December 4, 2009 at 4:14 am |
  460. Adam

    The parents are dealing with so many money issues already. Their is no reason to give them more. Let the students be responsible for their education.

    December 4, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  461. Jordyn

    I think that each case should be examined individually. If the child is old enough to know better then the fine should be given to the child (but decreased). However, if the child is too young to really understand the consequences of skipping, then the fine should be given to the parent. Also, the judge should look at whether or not the child had skipped before. If it was just a one-time thing, then the case should be dismissed. But, if the child skipped often, AND the child is old enough to know better, then the a fine should be given both to the child and the parent.

    December 4, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  462. Chris

    I think it's not a good way to fine them. What if the families were poor and students had to work in the school time, and can't pay the those fines?

    December 4, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  463. Ryan

    I don't think paying fines for there kid is a good idea, because the kids have to relize them self that they shouldn't skip school and also is the kids who should take detention instead of their parents.

    December 4, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  464. Mady

    I think that the parents are not the guilty party. Most kids would never tell the parents that their going to skip, because of course most parents would stop them. Of course, if a student keeps skipping again and again and the parents don't do anything about, then I think both are the guilty party.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  465. thad

    being fined for skipping is a horrible idea. i think that if a kid wants to skip just go ahead and let him drop out

    December 4, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  466. Jordan

    I think it will help to fine parents, but I think you should also fine the students, too.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  467. Aubry

    Clearly its a problem because its a problem in our hometown but i do feel it is up to the parents and their will to encourage their children to attend school. its a part of life we must all do in order to become someone.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  468. Ashley

    I think that a fine would put the parents in their place and make sure that kids are going to school. I know some kids pretend like they are going to school yet the really don't. Another way of making sure kids go to school there is to punish the kids to go to school. Some times it is the parents fault and that the kids are being held at home so i think the fine would do just fine people are money pinchers and avoiding a three hundred odd dollar fine will prevent kids from skipping.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  469. Alexandria

    Go ahead and fine them, but high school kids won't care. They will just keep leaving, no matter what you do. Their are thousands of kids in each school, the kids can just walk right out without being noticed, and no one would no till later on in the day.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  470. Caitlin

    I think that it will help parents get their kids to school. If they are made to pay the fine they may start to punish their children when they don't go to school. Paying a find will make the parents actually notice how much their kids are missing school. No parent wants to pay that much money for their kids not going to school. This will help the parents get their kids into school, because they not all may be able to afford it.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  471. Megan

    I do not think that this is going to help because the parents send their children to school but the children still leave. They do their part but the students are the one that are at fault not the parents. I think that the school should be more strict with the skipping rules. All students should have a note signed by their parents or guardian telling why their child was not in school; a note from the doctor if they miss more that two days.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  472. Danielle

    I don't think it would help to fine the parents. Sometimes parents leave for work before their kids have to go to school. Or instead of going to school, they go somewhere else without their parents knowing. So the parents shouldn't have to pay a fine because their kid make the decision not to go to school. Maybe if the kids had some kind of motivation, they'd attend school more often.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  473. Brittany

    No, I don't think that making the parents pay will help stop truancy. Either way the kids can find a way to do it. The parents can only do so much so making, them pay isn't fair. The kids are their own people you can't control everything they do. Their probably stubborn as well so telling them not to do something only makes them want to do it more. Instead of fining the parents they should try fining the kids.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  474. Brittany

    I think it will help because then kids would be scared and worried to skip school. In a way i don't think it is a goiod idea because if the kid skips
    the parents might not be able to afford a fine. I think that the first time they should get a warring and then the next time get the fine. This will give the parents an opportunity to realize what their child is doing and to keep a close eye on them.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  475. Samantha

    No, I don't think that its going to help because some parents wouldn't care if their child goes to school or not. Its their decision, but the parents have to pay the fine for the kids who skipped and they aren't going to like that. I think that parents should have more effect in the kids lives. They need to be a part of it or else they wouldn't know what is going on.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  476. Ashley

    I think yes, because some parents just let their children stay home, even when there not sick. If they start charging the parents if the crime, they should start making there kids go to school. After a while some parents will run out of money, if they have to keep paying $366. I hope it all goes well and they do charge the parents.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  477. Yevgeniy

    I think that fines are not a good idea. When kids go to school and parents go to work the parents don't know whether or not the kids are actually going to school. Some parents work very hard and can be busy with what they have to do, so they can't pay that much attention to their kid going to school. Also if the kid doesn't go to school it isn't their parents fault because they are unaware of what is happening.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  478. Tiffany

    I think that the fine will help. I know that if i was a parent, i wouldn't want to pay a fine for my child not going to school. $366 can add up quickly and if I was the parent in this situation, I would make the child pay the fine.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  479. joy

    I think that the Wisconsin plan would work but then i also think it will not. I don't think that it is always the parents faults only because some parents have to leave early to go to work and trust their kids to go to school on their own. And if they have little kids they usually asks neighbors or have their brothers and or sisters to make sure they get to school on time. Other parents who do not have to get to work early may just feel that their kids need breaks from school when they are extremely stressed out. Some parents just have trouble kids that they can not control.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  480. Manny

    I think that this will help because the student will have to go to school everyday. Their is also downside to that. The parents will lose their money just because their child is not going to school. the student should go to school everyday to get an education.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  481. Danielle

    I think that if they were to make the students pay it would make them go more. They would not want to pay it so they would be making themselves go to school. If parents are paying then the students do not care if they are missing because it is not there money. So every time a student is out they should need to pay there own fine. That is what they should do.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  482. Devinne

    I think that both the parents and the kids should be be punished for the students' skipping. I don't really think that the fines will stop the skipping, although the parents will get mad and ground the kids and everything, fines just aren't enough for the students to stop skipping. What could possibly work, is to give the parents fines, but also if the students have a certain amount of days out of school, to keep them for graduating, or if it's an overly excessive amount of absences, the kids should possibly get sent to Juvenal Facilities.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  483. Taylor

    I think that fines should be issued, but only if the students absences are really having a negative effect. I think students, not parents should pay the fine, also. If the student cannot pay the fine, they should help around the school to work the fine off. I know I would stop missing so much school if I had to pay that much money.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  484. Kristin

    Yes i think by giving the parents a fine that will put the attendence up in this Wisconsin school. By missing school for no reason you have to make up all that work plus take any tests or quizzes you may have missed. By missing school it is harder for the teachers to figure out what you missed and its more work for you to do. So the bottom line is don't miss school if you don't have to. Overall i think by giving fines that will make the parents send their children to school on a daily basis.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  485. Ben

    I think that this is not a good idea. Its the students fault for not going to school. Some parents need to leave earlier then the student in the morning, so the student decides if they should go to school or not. What happens if a parent cant afford the fine? Jail time?

    December 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  486. Dane

    This will help kids come to school. getting fined $366 is a lot of money for some parents. The parents will start forcing their kids to go to school. This will be a good plan. The parents have big influences over their kid's actions. It is the parents problem for not making the kids go to school, not the schools.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  487. Cliveington

    What I really think is that the fines will work but really not for that long because that just has a little affect on teens and the way that they think and do. What they should do is give them detentions until they bleed their hearts out then they'll stop

    December 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  488. Jonathan

    I think that the Wisconsin district's plan would help solve the problem because the parent's don't wan to get fined. Instead, they would be more concerned with keeping the kids in school like they should be doing to begin with. This is why I think the Wisconsin district's plan would help solve their problem.

    December 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  489. Selena

    I think it is good that parents get punished if they don't care enough to check if they go through the doors .

    December 4, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  490. bobbie

    i belive that the judge should because parent dont want to pay the school money any more so they will make there kids go to school

    December 4, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  491. Raven

    I Dont Believe That Parents Should Be Punished. Kids Have Freedom As Do Their Parents. If They Decide Not To Go/Skip, They Should Be The Ones To Pay The Prices. Parents Shouldnt Have To Hold Their Child's Hand And Make Sure They Go To School. They Are Old Enough To Make Decisions For Themselves And Pay The Consuqunces. If A Student Isnt Attending School Enough, Make Them Join Community Service Programs Instead. Help Something Else In The Community Rather Than Charge Money

    December 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  492. Maddie

    I think that when a student skips, and the parents or guardian does have something to do with it (or does not do anything) the fine should be carried out and if the student does it again the student should be fined but not so much money.

    December 4, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  493. 8th Grade Chaney Monge

    The parents should be fined and the kids should get some kind of probation from the court.

    December 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  494. Bryan

    I think students should go to school because it teaches them things they need to know but i however do think that parents should not pay if the student does not go to school. make it more fun at school

    December 4, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  495. Pele

    I think that the idea of making the kid's parents pay a fine for truancy is a good way to solve this problem. Even though the kid might not go to school and the parents cannot do anything about it, they can explain the situation to the judge and work things out. Because kids will probably be more afraid of the judge than their own parents.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  496. Zach

    I think that it's right to be fined. It's the parent's responsibility to know if their child skipped, or if they actually went. All schools should be doing this. If it doesn't get to the student's head, nothing will

    December 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  497. Chirag

    I agree and disagree.
    I agree because the teachers are there to teach children,not just sit there and get money for no good reason.
    I disagree because you can treat the parents like that because they are paying for your school.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  498. Elina

    Miranda is 100% right.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  499. Elizabeth

    I think that a student who skips school should be punished and not their parent. although the student could be skipping school because of their parent and there home and life style.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  500. Evan

    I personally think that it is outrageous if a kid skips school the government fines the parents three hundred and sixty six dollars. If there should be a punishment it should be upon that child and not that child’s parents, let that kid be punished for there mistake. A least someone in the government that’s trying to enforce this has skipped school at least once or skipped a class they didn’t like. Let me ask them, did your parents deserve to get fined for your mistake most likely not.

    December 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  501. Tyler

    I think that th emain reasons students are dropping out is what they have as an influence. I think who they hang out with at school and what they do at home can have a huge impact on school.

    December 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  502. luis

    yes, and it can help with the debt that US is in.

    December 4, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  503. kyle

    I think that the parents should be blamed for their children. Some parents call school and say they are sick. The parents should be taking the blame because most parents let kids stay home.

    December 4, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  504. micah

    I think parents should be punished because it is their responsibility to get their kids to school especially in the winter

    December 4, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  505. Jackie

    i think that thae parents should not pay the bill for the truancy because of the economy the parents will have better use of the money and if the kid does not pay the fine in 3 months the money amount will go up and the kid learns that if he does it again he can go to jail or he could be fined with even more money because from what he so he knows not to do it again

    December 4, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  506. Micah

    I think that punishing the parent wouldnt do any good because the kids wont learn if its mom/dads money going down the drain.

    December 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  507. christy

    i think it does not make sense,because if there not paying to go to school why would they have to pay NOT to go to school. i honestly don't think that kids should be forced to go to school that it is there parents choice .i mean ya it could ruin there life but it should be there choice.

    December 4, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  508. sabrina

    i think it does not make any sense. i think that its not the parents fault the kids skipped school. i think the kids should get some other punishment like when they get about 18 they could fine the kids who skipped school.

    December 4, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  509. jessica

    we should bea focusing on jobs right now...people all over thye country are losing their jobs and can't support their families.

    December 4, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  510. Amy

    No I don't think that the parents should be fined because if the the reason for not getting there child to school on time is because of transportation bills or any other financial problems then that fine just adds to there worries.

    December 4, 2009 at 7:54 pm |
  511. Alexandra

    not sure. i mean, if the student has his/her own transportation, its their fault. if the parent is supposed to take them, its theirs. I think it just depends, so i say they shouldn't fine them.

    December 4, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  512. Raine :]]]]

    Hello, Yes i believe that truancy is BAD! This kids should be punished along with the parents. you can't blame it on one person. The parents may have influenced the kid in someway but it's the kids ultimate choice to skip over all.
    Thank you for reading (by the wayy.....Carl you are rocking that suit!!!!!!! :]]])

    December 4, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
  513. Ramboo

    Obviously anyone with a simpled minded attitude can tell this is a tremendously good idea. I mean the parents shouldn't be fined the kids should and this is a good, it'll teach them an awesome life lesson. I mean like they shouldn't even be fined. Like fining anyone is horrible the school just wants a ton of money. I mean i don't really blame the school for wanting the money but I mean come on this is so hard core i mean like hard rock cafe HARD CORE. If I was the school I'd probably fine the parents more because I'd want more money and fine the kids and with more money. Carl YOU ARE AWESOME

    December 4, 2009 at 9:49 pm |
  514. Nina

    I think this is right because parents chose to be parents and they should step up and take responsibility

    December 4, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  515. mallory

    i think that if the kid skips school they should be the ones in trouble. It is their education they are sacrificing, not thier parents. Also maybe the kids could pay the fines with a form of community service like helping out a school custodian. But, this is just my opinion you are entiteld to your own.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  516. Fabiola

    It's not a good idea because whenkids begin to be reposable for the things and school is kids prombles they have to learn moms and dads already went to school now it's our turn

    December 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  517. miya

    i think yes because its the parents fault that their kids are not going to school and they dont care if their kids are late.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  518. shayla

    truancy shouldn't punish the students parents what if the child is disobedient t and skips his 1st period class how is that the parents fault

    December 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  519. Sam

    It should be in the best interest of the parents or parent to give their child the brightest future possible, even if they have to almost force them to attend school on a regular basis. If the parents or parent don't comply then they will have to suffer the consequence.

    December 5, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  520. Kayla

    That is so stupid! It's not the parents fault their kids want to skip school and try and make up lame excuses! Most of the parents actually try to keep their kids in school and want what they think is best for them. If the kids want to skip school they know they shouldnt but they do it anyways. most likely because they don't like school and some of the people in it. I don't think the parents should get fined for their childrens actions not for this anyways.

    December 5, 2009 at 1:04 am |
  521. Andrea

    It could work, some parents might inforce more strict rules to make sure that their child went to class and stoped them from getting a fine, on the other hand, some students dont respect their parents enough to even take that into consideration and will continue to do what they want to do, or in this case, continue not doing what they dont want to do.

    December 5, 2009 at 1:49 am |
  522. Lara

    I think that it might work if parents have to pay a fine, because it is the parents responsibility to make sure that their child goes to school. Also, sometimes students skip school because they are following their parents lead, so if parents pay a fine, perhaps they will be a better idol, and less students will skip school. However, I think that $336 for a fine is a bit too much, so maybe the fine could be based on the significance of the parents influence on their child's attendance.

    December 5, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  523. kaity

    its responsible for the parents to get them up and everything

    December 5, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  524. Cassie

    Not really, because just paying a fine then going to court doesn't really fix the situation. You should make them owe money and take their grade down 10 points.

    December 5, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  525. Ellen

    This is definitely a situation that is different to each person who faces it. Some parents may not know that their child is skipping school, but some might. You shouldn't be able to generalize that all kids' parents know that they are skipping school.

    December 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  526. Donald

    I think that the troops shoud stay home with there familys and we shoudent be in afgasatan

    December 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  527. Perrin

    I think that the fine is a good idea because most parent can't pay $366 dollars every day there kids skip school, so it gets them to realize that there kids might be sipping school and make sure they stop.

    December 5, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  528. Isabel

    If the kids are skipping but their parents always talk not to do it then maybe their just bad. So they deserve it.

    December 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  529. Destiny

    i think that if the parent knows that the child is missing school, they shoud be punished, and if they don't know they shouldn't be punished for their child's actions.

    December 5, 2009 at 9:34 pm |
  530. Ally

    I think that skipping is both parties fault. If you catch your kid skipping... PUNISH them. If they do it again, make it worse.. make them want to go to school.. And on the kid's part.. they are the ones doing it

    December 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  531. Cassie

    No, paying fines isn't fair. Some kids and parents don't have enough money to pay the fine and if they couldnt pay the fine, wouldnt that get them into more trouble just because they couldnt pay the fine? I think they should get the child that skipped, have a serious talk with them (about why they skipped) and that could be that. If they do it again, deduct 10 points off their grades, and if it happens again they should be expelled.

    December 6, 2009 at 8:35 am |
  532. Michelle

    Punishing parents won't work in large communities. Student issues go so much deeper than the common citizen realizes. If you want to get to the heart and soul of the problem you need to talk to teachers and admiinstrators that are in the trenches of some of the most
    hard-core schools and communities. Talking to ministers that have no educational background and speaking to principals that work in inner city schools where the students are hand selected will not get to the root. CNN needs to report the real deal, but if you did, the reporter that takes that on would likely loose his/her job.

    December 6, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  533. Kira

    This makes a little sense. But what if BOTH of the parents are at work, and are unable to make sure that the child gets to school. Then, the money should come out of the STUDENTS pockets.

    December 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  534. Chapman

    I think a truancy fine is the perfect motivation/intimidation strategy for both parents and students. In today's economy, it's hard enough getting a job as a day laborer, let alone a successful one. The best thing to do is to get the kids the best education they can get so they can be prepared (this goes more for upperclassmen)

    December 6, 2009 at 7:32 pm |
  535. Hannah

    Honstly, I think that your parents are responsible for you in most ways ,but in the end your the one making the chocie. You should be held responsible for your own actions NOT your parents. Plus some parents try to have their kids go to school and the just skip and then there are some parents who dont care you just never know and in the end the student should take responsible and that the punishment.

    December 6, 2009 at 7:57 pm |
  536. Lindsey

    I don't think the truancy fines will work and I don't think it's right for a school district to fine the parents. It's not their fault their children skipped. If a student skips class, that's their loss, they aren't getting an education by skipping, and giving parents the fine will not make up for the material the student missed. My school district calls your parents if you miss a class, even if they pulled you out early. I think that would be a better way to handle the situation.

    December 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm |
  537. Sariqua

    I agree. I think the parents should be punished, but only if it is their fault. If they take their child to the movies or the mall perhaps instead of school, the parents should be fined. Though, if they go out of town, and the school does not approve and counts the student's absence non-excused, the parents should not pay because the trip may be to visit a sick grandmother or something like that.

    December 6, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  538. Joe

    You have to be kidding me on this one, this is pathetic when a school steps in to tell a parent who to raise there child and even has the power to arrest them then you know that thats just a complete breakdown of the system. This judge is only trying to get a name for himself. If i showed up in his court room I would laugh at him for wasting my time and his own.

    December 7, 2009 at 1:17 am |
  539. Daisy

    I don't think it will be work.Keeping kids from truancy should focus on kids themselves instead of their parents.

    December 7, 2009 at 6:03 am |
  540. Brody

    I believe that the idea for having a truancy court in schools is not a good idea. Students that are truant is one thing so yes the student who is truant should get in trouble but as for the parents I do not believe that they should be fined. Parents only can do so much and if there kids don't listen and or change then they did all they can. So the students that are truant should be the ones that are getting fined not the parents because the parents have done all that they can so its all on the students. Its the students responsibility to get to school and not skip or skip classes. So I don't think they should have truancy court in schools but if they decide to then they should only fine the students and not the parents because the students are the ones that are truant and need the consequences and not parents because once they leave the house its out of the parents control.

    December 7, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  541. Daniel

    I think that the kids and parents are to blame.Kids should not play sick,and parents should not let kids play sick and miss school.

    December 7, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  542. Lindsey

    Just go to school and we wouldn't have this problem people!!!

    December 7, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  543. amanda

    i do think that football is an only boy sport becauses if a girl gets hurt it well hurt them more than a guy.also that a guy might not tackel a girl for their perspective of what tier couch says abd what they say, plus what other people say to them and about them.i think that its a way to dangers sportof a girl to get tackel by guys,it would be diffrent if it were a girls team tackeling girl

    December 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  544. Gambrell

    I beleive students grades come into account. If the grades aren't being affected than i don't believe that the few truants with good grades should be punished.

    December 7, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  545. Nyiesha:)

    I don't think parents should be punished for their child skipping school. Yea sometimes it is the parents fault, but most of the time it's the child's . the parents aren't the ones going and skipping school so why should they have to be punished ???

    -nyiesha(:-

    December 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  546. Janny

    I don't think that this is a good idea because I think it all comes down to the student. I think that it is their responsbility to go to school, and if they want to go, then they'll go, their parents cant stop them. Also i think that those parents who allow their kids not to go to school, then they will be able to find an excuse to not have to pay the fee. I think they need to come up with punishment that will affect the student directly.

    December 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  547. Jasmine=D

    $366? Wow. I think it should be $10. If the parents are working a full time job and didn't really care about the kid missing school, doesn't that mean that they are probably having a little bit of money problems? So some parents don't want to pay that, and can't miss work for the court.

    December 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  548. Matthew

    I believe that the kids should be held accountable for going and not going to school, not the parents. Teenagers should be mature enough to get to there classes on time without there parents telling them to all the time. And to charge the parents for this just doesn't feel all that right.

    December 7, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  549. Dakotah

    I feel it is important for children to attend school but if you need to skip a-few days it should be allowed. and you definutly should not be fined $366. that is just unreasonable. But not going to school shouldn't be abused its only ok to miss a-few days.

    December 7, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  550. Betsy

    the program will work. not only are the parents being fined, but it wasnt mentioned that the kids are also being fined. if the parents dont pay their ticket, they can end up with jail time. if the kid doesnt pay their ticket, they wont go to jail, but for every ticket the kid has that isnt paid, their license are suspended for 2 years, along with when the child finally gets the job, the money will be taken out of their paychecks. as a student at one of the high schools affected, i am already seeing results. parents do not want to pay fines, so they are doing everything they can to get their kids to go to class. this program is working

    December 7, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  551. Vidhi

    Come on, parents aren't always responsible for the student skipping school, if the student does skip school he should have to do community service or something like that. Also, suspending a student from school because he or she has skipped doesn't want to learn so suspending them is not going to affect them.

    December 8, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  552. jacob

    that is weird

    December 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  553. Amanda =:^)

    I agree and disagree with the problem at hand, I think that some parents don't know that their kids are lieing to them and skipping and they are being charged for it. But then again, some parents either encourage skipping by skipping work for no reason, or don't care about their childs attendence to school.

    December 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  554. Bran

    I think the students are the ones who should fined not the parents. Seriously the parents arn't the ones who got to school late. It was the students who got to school late.Or if the students can't pay for it. Give them a detention and if they can't serv it. Then they should get lunch detntion at least.

    December 8, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  555. MP

    I think that parents should not pay their own childs truancy because they already payed way to much for their kid (s) to go to school. If the student does not want to go to school that is their lack of learning. And if someone wants to charge somebody for a persons truancy it should go to the student NOT THE PARENTS. Plus parents don't want to paymore money because they might go broke, or at least have their own problems to deal with like, health care bills, house bills, things like that . They don't need any thing added to their list of things to do.

    December 8, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  556. Alex

    There shouldn't be any sort of fine. If anything, it should not be nearly that much. Suspension is not a good enough concequence either because you don't suspend people for not wanting to learn.

    December 8, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  557. Maddy

    I don't think that the fine will stop kids from skipping unless their parents make them pay fo part of the fine or punish the kids at home. The kids probably won't care if their parents are getting punished unless it has a direct effect on them. I think another form of punishment that direclty effects the kids who are skipping would have a greater effect than fining their parents.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:51 pm |