The issue of truancy in D.C. schools was on the agenda at a D.C. Council hearing Thursday.
Council members along with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson spoke about efforts being made to get students to class.
Councilmember David Catania presented charts showing attendance rates directly connected to how well students are doing in class. In schools where there was high rate of unexcused absences, grades and graduation rates are typically lower. (Click on graphs on the right)
Catania says time to hold parents more accountable if students are not getting to class. He suggests for excessive truancy, parents should be forced to carry out community service and placed on probation.