Truancy Reforms Urged in Tennessee

The University of Tennessee College of Law’s Education Law Practicum has examined truancy laws, data and enforcement across the state for the past four years. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, their work has revealed an increase in truancy numbers and an inconsistent system of enforcement among school districts. The law school group is advocating for local programs that involve parents, alternative education programming, legal representation for every juvenile offender, and a greater focus among educators as to what causes students to miss school. They also are urging the state to recognize bullying, mental and chronic health issues, lack of transportation and homelessness as valid reasons for absences.