What’s being done to address Metro schools’ 35% truancy rate

From The Tennessean

What’s being done to address Metro schools’ 35% truancy rate

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It’s a category that more than 35 percent of students in Metro Nashville Public Schools fall into, one that many fear is a gateway leading students to future problems.Truancy.Students with five or more unexcused absences, those deemed truant in Tennessee, can get a ticket into the court system. A new program pairs those students with lawyers earlier in the court process, allowing volunteer attorneys to act as another advocate for the students.”There is no community safety net,” said Sara Beth Myers, president of AWAKE, a nonprofit group leading the charge on the new initiative. “And this program seeks to be that safety net, a buffer between a more serious problem by, not a member of the state or the judicial system, but a member of the community. An attorney who can step in and volunteer and represent that student in the truancy proceeding.”