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Truancy Programs at a Glance
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Truancy

Habitual truancy can be defined as unexcused absences from school by a minor that exceed the number of such absences allowed under state law. Each state has its own school attendance laws, which specify:

  • The age at which a child must begin school
  • The age at which a youth can legally drop out of school
  • The number of unexcused absences that constitute truancy under the law 

The costs of truancy are high. Truancy has been clearly identified as one of the early warning signs that youths potentially are headed for delinquent activity, social isolation, or educational failure.

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Lessons Learned From Four Truancy Demonstration Sites, OJJDP-Sponsored, December 2006
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Law Enforcement and School Partnership as a Solution to Truancy: Recommendations From Gulfton's Truancy Reduction Program, OJJDP-Sponsored, July 2006
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Evaluation of the Gulfton Truancy Reduction Demonstration Project, OJJDP-Sponsored, January 2006
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Innovations in Truancy Prevention Practice: An Inventory of Selected Collaborations From Around the United States, OJJDP-Sponsored, 2005
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Jacksonville, Florida Case Study: Evidence of Effectiveness in Reducing Truancy, OJJDP-Sponsored, August 2005
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