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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