Thursday, September 26, 2002

Truants' parents may be charged

By The Associated Press

        DAYTON, Ohio - The City Commission is considering a proposal to charge parents with a misdemeanor when their children skip school.

        The proposal is similar to ones being enacted in other cities around the country. The commission was expected to vote on it Wednesday.

        The ordinance would apply to any child found truant from a school in the city limits. Parents and guardians could be fined up to $100. Truant children also would face tougher penalties, including losing their driver's licenses and being fined up to $50.

        Officials from Dayton public schools, the police department and juvenile courts spent several years developing the proposal.


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