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Calif. law could jail parents if kids miss school

  • 10-01-2010
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San Jose Mercury News

Parents could be punished with up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine if their children miss too much school under a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The law will take effect Jan. 1 and let prosecutors charge parents with misdemeanors if their children are chronically truant. The bill by Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco would let judges delay the punishment as an incentive for parents to ensure their children get to class. His bill, SB1317, applies only to parents or guardians of children age 6 or older in kindergarten through eighth grade. Prosecutors would have to prove the parents failed to reasonably supervise and encourage the student to attend school. (more…)

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