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Report Exposes Truancy Ticket Failure as LA City Council Takes Historic Action


Manual Arts High School students Michael Davis and Delona Washington with the Community Rights Campaign

Students, teachers and parents from across Los Angeles got a first-hand civics lesson as the Los Angeles City Council Public Safety Committee approved historic changes to the city’s daytime curfew law on Feb. 13.

Public Counsel, the ACLU of Southern California and the Community Rights Campaign released a report showing truancy and tardy tickets deter students from showing up to class.

Click here to read the the report “Counterproductive and Wasteful: Los Angeles’ Daytime Curfew Pushes Students Away from School and Diverts Resources Away from Real Community Safety” online at Public Counsel’s website (pdf)

City Councilman Tony Cárdenas's motion will remake the daytime curfew law, which research shows is ineffective at increasing student attendance and disproportionately impacts black and Latino youth. The motion would reduce and eliminate citations and fines and help cement recent moves by the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles School Police Department and Los Angeles juvenile courts to cut the number of tickets written under the law and refocus school and city efforts on research-based supports and programs that actually help kids stay in school and graduate.

"They are criminalizing kids for coming to school late," Public Counsel's education rights director, Laura Faer, told the Los Angeles Times. "It's backward in every way."

Click here to read the story at latimes.com

The full City Council votes on the proposed changes on Wednesday, February 22.