Bill would exclude exemplary students from criminal truancy

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  • Husker1 Saratoga Springs, UT
    March 8, 2014 9:28 p.m.

    The primary purpose of high school is to prepare students for college or a career. How exactly does this law support that purpose??

    Everytime a student sluffs a class, that's an hour to an hour and a half that they are without adult supervision. I find it hard to understand why parents would like that idea.

    As a school teacher, I can say King's Court is exactly right- the burden (as usual) will fall on teachers to help these students get caught up. If the teachers refuse, the same parents who think legalizing sluffing is a good idea will be upset. Nothing surprises me in Utah.

    Provo City School District has already virtually eliminated their attendance requirements for all students and it reflects in their atrocious attendance rates and poor grades. This happened because the parent of ONE honors student complained that grades and attendance shouldn't be linked, so the school board changed the rules for all students. It has been a miserable failure. Allowing kids to miss class whenever they want is a BAD idea.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    March 6, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    As a teacher this is yet another example of the legislature micromanaging. What ever happened to local control? They create more problems whenever they try to solve anything. What I would give to rid ourselves of the legislature...

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    March 5, 2014 7:15 p.m.

    One thing being over looked by both sides of this debate is the correlation between truancy and some criminal activity. If students are in school they're less likely to be involved in illegal activities. I'm not saying that all students who cut class are out there committing criminal acts. I would, however, bet that the majority of juvenile crimes are committed by youths who aren't where they're supposed to be. I do believe that most of the time adjudication isn't needed, because most schools and districts have policy in place to deal with truancy.

    March 5, 2014 6:45 p.m.

    As a software development manager, I don't require my people to "put in the hours". I require them to get their work done on time and don't care what hours or where they work.

    We all know that truancy laws are not about knowing the content or being dependable, they are all about attending school enough hours so the school gets their money from the government!

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    March 5, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    Of course the students are truant and then expect the teacher to bend over backwards the next day to give them their make-up assignments or material. How about adding an amendment to this bill that states that truant students cannot seek make-up work or class material for the days missed. If they really know the material, this shouldn't matter, right?

    This bill erroneously gives a lame excuse for sluffing students to use, but in reality, it is the teacher that has to fix the problem the legislature (the Capitol Real Estate Agency) creates--as usual and as expected.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    March 5, 2014 6:19 p.m.

    With all the grade inflation in the state, maybe we ought to make the threshold a bit higher - say 3.85 and above. In that case it would still apply to a large percentage of the students.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 5, 2014 4:58 p.m.

    Par for the course for a legislature where half the legislators don't even show up to vote.

    Real world reality check: If you go out and get a job, then don't put in the hours, you're going to get fired. Doesn't matter if you're "exemplary" at the job - if you're not there when they want you there, you're toast. Should be the same in school.

  • Erika Salem, Utah
    March 5, 2014 4:57 p.m.

    I understand the need for truancy policies, but as a parent (of honors students, BTW), I hate them.