Calif. truancy bill could be approved this month

August 19, 2010 6:14:47 AM PDT
A truancy bill that would punish parents of children who are constantly skipping school is making its way through the state legislature and could be approved later this month.

The bill would allow prosecutors to charge parents with a misdemeanor if their children miss at least ten percent of the school year with unexcused absences.

It applies to parents of students from grades K-through-8.

Penalties include a fine of up to $2,000 and up to one year in jail. San Francisco already has a similar program in effect.