April 01, 2013

Executive Summary: Report on Truancy and Dropout Prevention

ABA Commission on Youth at Risk
From Legal and Educational System Solutions for Youth: Report From a Leadership and Policy Forum on Truancy and Dropout Prevention, Executive Summary

Introduction

Education is key to a successful and independent adult life, yet each day in the United States, hundreds of thousands of youth are absent from school. These youth, many of whom are truant, are at great risk of dropping out of school. Absence and truancy are powerful indicators that a youth will begin using drugs, commit assaults and property crimes, and fail to graduate from high school. As a nation we do not know how many are considered to be “truant” because truancy has yet to have a national definition. While there are no national truancy data available, many local jurisdictions report increasing rates of truancy and chronic absenteeism correlating to increased crime and a host of other negative circumstances for our communities.

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