Students Could Be Arrested for Playing Hooky

By Bob L.
01-05-2012

Are the Schools and Teachers that greedy that they would resort to this kind of punishment to get more money, and force kids and their parents to force their kids to just sit there and say stick it, and NOT find out WHY they are skipping school, did any one ever think that these kids are tired of the same thing and not getting that education that they are promised.

I would call this Child abuse mentally, you start doing this and what do you get, you would get a child that would be disruptive in class because they were being forced to stay, and possible turn violent and take it out on others, then what would you do, the Schools, Teachers, and the Laws would be the cause of turning that person against society.

I have friends that came from Foreign Countries and never made it past the Eighth Grade, and were machinist, Electricians, and they knew Electronics, WHAT are they Taught by the Eighth Grade here, HOW TO TAKE A TEST????

How about teaching classes that are going to show them what they will need to get a job, how to get a job, and help them in finding what they want to do when they get out of school or go to college.

  1. Find out why they are skipping
  2. Maybe they are getting tired of doing the same thing year after year and not learning any thing except watching the sun through the window. 
  3. Did any one think that teaching the same thing from the First grade to Graduation that these kids have not really learned any thing that would help them the rest of their life. (I never say it when I was in school).

There were kids that quit school in the Ninth grade, some never made it past the Eight Grade and became millionaires, that started their own business and became wealthy with no thanks to schools.

Today schools don’t teach a professions, they teach Reading, Writing, Math, History, you see that day after day from the time you start school to the time you graduate, but no Job skills, or work habits and ethics.

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Students Could Be Arrested for Playing Hooky

By Piper Weiss, Shine Staff
01-04-2012

If Ferris Bueller lived in Covington, Kentucky, he’d have a lot more to deal with than just his principal. A new city ordinance, enacted January 2, has police taking school truancy into their own hands. If kids are skipping school school they could now be arrested on misdemeanor charges. If their parents are complicit in the hooky-playing, they too could be hauled into court. It’s all part of a new crackdown led by Ken Kippenbrock, Director of Pupil Personnel for the Covington school district.

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“If you have a recurring problem with a student this is the way to get this family in front of the judge,” Kippenbrock tells Shine. “We’re trying to increase the likelihood that child is going to graduate; we know the cost to society when child drops out.”

This week, local police were given a cheat sheet with times when kids should be in school (essentially 8am to 3pm) along with early dismissals, and procedures to follow when encountering a kid outside of school during those hours. If they come across a suspected skipper, officers have the option to bring the child back to school, return them to their parents’ home, or if the child isn’t allowed back in the school, and their parents can’t be reached, booking them.

“Most officers I know are likely to give a warning at first, but if they have a child repeatedly deliberately violating school rules they can use their discretion,” says Kippenbrock.

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It’s an extreme measure for extreme times. Last year, the district, which oversees 4,000 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, clocked about 13,500 unexcused absences. Because state funding is based on attendance, Kippenbrock says the district lost about $500,000 last year because of the poor record. He hopes that enforcing a city-wide “daytime curfew” will force both kids and parents to take skipping school more seriously.

But can it actually work? “It’s hard to know,” Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, tells Shine. “This approach has been tried at different times and at different parts of the country and it’s generally been abandoned, because parents raise a stink and politicians back down.”

Covington, however, is following in the footsteps of a neighboring county. A similar ordinance in nearby Newport has been in effect for over 10 years, with positive results according to Kippenbrock. “When you drive around Newport you do not see kids on the streets on a school day and officers say it’s had a positive impact on reducing daytime crime,” says Kippenbrock.

As to whether Newport’s ordinance has improved graduation rates, Kippenbrock admits, “it’s hard to say.”

What Kippenbrock has found is a surprising measure of support for the Covington ordinance throughout the community. The only backlash has come from the homeschooling community with concerns those kids will be penalized for having different hours than regular public school students. As a result, Covington police are requesting homeschooled kids get a note from their parents when they’re out during school hours.

It’s far from a perfect system, but says Jennings, it’s born out of a larger disconnect between schools and parents. “Schools are being held accountable for test scores and graduation and yet the kids aren’t showing up and the parents don’t seem to care as much,” Jennings tells Shine. “Fining parents and arresting kids are negative ways of getting the message across that school is important, but what kids are doing out of school when they’re not under supervision is damaging too.”

In Belen, New Mexico, a similar policy is being enacted this week. Their plan is to prosecute parents with repeatedly truant kids. Under the new rules, moms and dads could face fines or even jail time if they don’t improve their kids’ attendance records. “The safest place for kids is at school and most parents want their kids to succeed, but a lot of times life kind of gets in the way,” according to Richard Romero, Belen’s truancy expert.

In Covington, Kentucky, where almost 90 percent of students live at or below the federal poverty level, life has more demands for the average student. “What I found over the years is kids being kept home to babysit their siblings when their parents go to work,” says Kippenbrock. When parents can’t afford day care and can’t afford to miss work, the problem falls to the student and eventually the school.

Ideally, schools should be offering more night and weekend classes so students could work around family schedules. But according to Jennings, that’s not a reality. “We’re at a time when public schools are in their second or third years of cutbacks and school districts don’t have a lot of money,” he says. “It would be nice if schools offered more flexible schedules for students, but doesn’t seem to be in the cards.”

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