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(Newsworks)   Will prosecuting parents help solve Philly's problem with chronically truant students? District Attorney: Yes. School District: Not only no, but HELL NO   (newsworks.org ) divider line
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2014-04-19 08:04:40 AM  
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Has anybody considered that the school is better off without these types of kids?  They're just going to disrupt children actually trying to learn if they're forced to attend.
2014-04-19 08:06:06 AM  
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So spending money and man hours, plus limiting the job prospects of the parents by giving them an arrest record is going to solve what, exactly?
2014-04-19 10:39:37 AM  
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So nobody has yet pointed out that correlation=/=causation? Getting slow, Fark.

The school district is right. Poorly informed DA who wants to pad his prosecution record with a bunch of easy wins didn't bother asking the professionals. Failure to graduate correlating with higher crime and death rates does not automatically mean that the problem is failure to graduate. And (harshly) treating a symptom isn't going to cure anything.

/when someone wants to do something patently stupid, always ask how they stand to benefit. For DAs it's usually about boosting their stats prior to running for election.
//in Baltimore, the cops no longer decide what cases to investigate. The DA does, and oddly enough, if it's not a slam dunk it doesn't get pursued. Makes the cops' stats really bad but the DA looks great.
2014-04-19 10:00:35 AM  
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BMFPitt: CaptSS:Problem is if you give up on them then later on they become a drain on society. Gotta at least try early on.

That is going to happen either way.  Focusing on the kids who have a chance, rather than letting these kids drag them down, will be a better use of resources.

steamingpile: No they're not their parents are the lost cause but punishing them may help them realize not to fark up their kids chances and pass on their bitterness because they suck ass.

You think the parents can be fixed.  I am skeptical of that.


So if an elementary kid misses 12 days in a year, we ought to take them out and shoot them and their parents, because they're both lost causes?

One of the keys to the article was the argument that there's a federal law that prohibits the school district from sharing the info with the DA. So, great idea but it's illegal. Next.

And I think a felony is rather harsh. You're clearly dealing with screw up, dead beat parents. They need help managing their own lives. A bigger stick is unlikely to fix them. A carrot may be ignored. I think you just have to minimize the collateral damage.
2014-04-19 08:46:24 AM  
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zarker: I don't like the sound of the kid ending up in foster care because they won't go to school. Seems like tearing apart families is about the worst possible thing to get them to focus.
And of course, the abusive parents who are gonna blame the kid for not wanting to walk 10 miles to school and punish them. Just hold them back like everyone else.


I wish we could manage middle ground between foster care/prison and farking the kids over. Boarding schools would work, but that would require them to actually be well run instead of degrading to prison camps.

/complete with guard/inmate rape.
2014-04-19 08:02:05 AM  
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I don't like the sound of the kid ending up in foster care because they won't go to school. Seems like tearing apart families is about the worst possible thing to get them to focus.
And of course, the abusive parents who are gonna blame the kid for not wanting to walk 10 miles to school and punish them. Just hold them back like everyone else.
 
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