In order for young people to do better in school, it helps if they actually are in school. Schools basically have two options to get kids there: the positive approach, in which students are rewarded with incentives for showing up and the negative approach where students and parents are penalized for unexcused absences. I personally prefer the positive  approach, but with some kids that simply does not work! One school superintendent is considering imposing a $75 fine for each unexcused absence. But who would end up paying these fines?

In New Britain, Conn., a new superintendent of schools wants to end high truancy rates and he’s proposing monetary penalties to get the job done. A plan to fine students to the tune of $75 per skipped school day is now being considered by New Britain council members.

I would guess that it would most likely be the parents who would have to pay these ‘fines’ and if their kid was a handful like I was as a teenager, it would only be a hardship on the parents in the long run and not much of a deterrent. What do you think?

Would you agree or disagree with such a plan at your school? Why or why not?


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