SF lowers number of truants for 5th year in a row

August 30, 2012 3:40:38 PM PDT
For the 5th straight year, San Francisco has lowered the number of truants enrolled in the city's public schools.

This year alone there was a 12 percent drop in the number of habitually absent or truant students. For the past five years the number is 37 percent. The majority of unemployed, homeless, and people in prison are high school dropouts.

"As a young man I was a chronic truant and I eventually became a high school dropout," SF District Attorney George Gascon said. "As a law enforcement professional, I have worked years over and over again, and I can tell you the connection between not going to school and crime is. It's a connection that is so undeniable."

Gascon's department works with the school district to provide counselors on site to work with at-risk students.