Statistics from the September 12, 2014 Los Angeles Times report, "Truancy rates are higher among California's low-income students" and "African American students missed 10% or more of the school year at almost four times the rate of all students." Similarly, disadvantaged students are more likely to drop out of school.
Interestingly, student truancy puts a strain on California's economy and California State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris states, "Good education policies are meaningless if students aren't at their desks." So, I question, "Why would Governor Jerry Brown sign a new truancy law that is both counter productive and not in California's best interest?
|Warning: Truant Youth|
Not included in that report are the ramifications of what low income youth do when they aren't in school. I can only imagine the problems associated with minors out on the streets when they should be in school! Long-term ramifications relate those that don't graduate from high school are more likely to end up unemployed and committing crimes and state data show that 75% of California's prison inmates are high school dropouts. I guess Governor Brown didn't take this into consideration with the passage of his new law regarding truancy in the justice system!