DA to launch truancy program at two SF high schools


The campaign is really needed at Ida B. Wells Continuation High School.

On any given day, only about 65 percent of the students show up for classes.

The $130,000 grant from the District Attorney will pay for case workers at Ida B. Wells High School and at Phillip & Sala Burton High School.

They will make sure students go to class. District Attorney George Gascón sees it as a crime prevention tool.

"If you go to any prison today, in the state, or quite frankly anywhere in the country, you will see that overwhelmingly the men and women that are in prison today are people that dropped out of high school," Gascón said.

The rate of kids skipping school in San Francisco has dropped by 30 percent since 2007 when the District Attorney's office launched its truancy program.

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