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@AkkisiggPeace and Freedom from Texas answered…1 day

No, but there needs to be accountability for parents who allow their children to commit status offenses.

@B43Y6JLPeace and Freedom from Washington answered…2 days

No, but it should be criminalized based on how many days/weeks the student misses, not that they are just "truant".

@B42TNCBPeace and Freedom from Massachusetts answered…4 days

No, but make it easier for kids to attend school when they are financially unstable

@B42D5GYIndependent from Kentucky answered…4 days

Yes, there are some instances where unexcused absences are required

@B3ZY7D7Peace and Freedom from California answered…5 days

This would be a very situation based cause; if anything, the parent/guardian shouldn't be automatically criminalized, there should be an investigation of sorts to find the real reason for student absence over long periods of time.

@B3YXH8XDemocrat from Pennsylvania answered…7 days

@B3YFC98Peace and Freedom from Virginia answered…1wk

School truancy shouldn't cause jail time, but it should be punished by the school district.

@B3SH8KVWomen’s Equality from Wisconsin answered…2wks

yes, as long as the students have good grades it should be excused

@9GMS6V6Independent from Texas answered…2yrs

Yes! But only if the truancy is warranted for good reason like severe illness or mental health.

@9GLNMZZPeace and Freedom from Florida answered…2yrs

No, with an option to appeal based on familial restrictions.

@9GKWNT8Working Family from Ohio answered…2yrs

Yes, but the motivation behind truancy should be considered; if truancy is due to simply not wanting to go AND the student cannot perform to the level expected of them at that age, there should be an investigation as to why. Students who can prove they are proficient in their education for their age should be given opportunities for additional learning (potentially tailored to their interest) so they are not bored, but also still learning.

@9GK7VRTWomen’s Equality from Idaho answered…2yrs

No, it is their choice not wanting to be educated.

@corvidiaGreen from Washington  commented…1yr

Yes

Did you mean "Yes - it should be decriminalized; it's their choice not to be educated"?

@9GK3JKJWomen’s Equality from Massachusetts answered…2yrs

This needs to be a case by case issue. Example an autistic child who has sleep disruption is up all night through no fault of anyone but his autism but crashes before the bus arrives and sleeps all day regardless of medical intervention. Parents shouldn't be penalized for something like this

@Elizabeth-Anders…Women’s Equality from California answered…2yrs

No, but it should be re-evaluated to see if they are recognizing this issues that are causing the truancy.

@9GHFB62Working Family from Tennessee answered…2yrs

It depends on the situation especially if medical notes are provided

@9GH4GBDVeteran from Tennessee answered…2yrs

No, but current laws should be reviewed and/or revised as appropriate.

@9GD7Q2NDemocrat from Wisconsin answered…2yrs

@9GCMZYGWorking Family from New Jersey answered…2yrs

If there is little to no reason to be kept from school then it should be criminalized

@9G8LFTXPeace and Freedom from New Hampshire answered…2yrs

Yes, but support state and local authorities to address social issues that lead to this issue

@Hunter-SisnerosTranshumanist from California answered…2yrs

They should be made to partake in community service such as safely cleaning up trash.

@9G3NZGRLibertarian from Florida answered…2yrs

Schools need more flexibility in determining policies that reflect student achievement and opportunities.

@9G3D5JMLibertarian from Ohio answered…2yrs

No, but provide a more empathetic stance towards students missing for issues at home

@9FVNPFXPeace and Freedom from Minnesota answered…2yrs

@9FSRDMVLibertarianfrom Maine  answered…2yrs

Yes, if the student goes to the work or learns independently

@brandysshopeRepublican from West Virginia answered…2yrs

I believe that as long as a student is adequately performing in their curriculars they should not be subject to the standard truancy punishments.

@9FS22DQRepublican from Illinois answered…2yrs

Yes, in certain cases pertaining to health or family crisis it should be decriminalized.

@9FNTSXBVeteran from Texas answered…2yrs

It has to be for a good reason, and there should be guidelines.

@9FNJMM3Peace and Freedom from New York answered…2yrs

It should not be a crime, but the student and family should have to face some consequences ie; cps involvement, counseling, parenting classes.

@9FND3D2Transhumanist from Wisconsin answered…2yrs

@9FNBGGZLibertarian from Illinois answered…2yrs

Should be handled by the state and not at the federal level.

@9FMYPWNVeteran from North Carolina answered…2yrs

No, parents need to be accountable for their children's education, but should not serve jail time.

@9FCQHK6Women’s Equality from Massachusetts answered…2yrs

@9FC87VJConstitution from Minnesota answered…2yrs

No but parents should not be charged. It is the child’s actions not the parents

@9F8NBGCDemocrat from Minnesota answered…2yrs

@9F8L3PYWomen’s Equality from Georgia answered…2yrs

Depending on the reason. Some people have to work to support their families. As an autistic individual who was tortured at school with no help from the administration, I skipped school so much my teachers didn't know if I was alive. I still excelled and made amazing grades. So we need to look at each case separately.

@9F8JYB4Democrat from Iowa answered…2yrs

@9F8DN9XRepublican from Louisiana answered…2yrs

Yes, and the Government shouldn't have anything to do with Education.

@9F8DCWPWomen’s Equality from Minnesota answered…2yrs

Give students rewords to encourage them going to school who are having trouble with the atendence And create a committee to see why the students are refusing to go to school

@B3XV3N8Democrat from Indiana answered…1wk

@B3WTQYLWorking Family from Florida answered…1wk

@B3VKJ7FRepublican from Tennessee answered…2wks

A student should have more days to be absent or tardy up to a certain amount like 10 instead of 5.

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