Research suggests that a majority of nation’s high school students will successfully complete high school and receive a high school diploma or their GED. Unfortunately, some students, for whatever reason, fall through the cracks and begin a downward spiral that ultimately leads to dropping out of school. Truancy has been identified as one of the early warning signs that youth are headed for failure. There is a tremendous ripple effect that impacts a community many years later after a child becomes truant and drops out of school.
The Office of Commissioner Brooks has partnered with Fort Worth, Everman, Crowley, Arlington and many other Tarrant County school districts as well as Juvenile Services and Justices of the Peace to combat the issue of truancy. In particular, Tarrant County has developed a plan called: “Truancy Solutions – A Collaborative Plan for Schools, Police Departments, Community Agencies and Juvenile Justice System.”
In 2014-2015, the Truancy Solutions plans to accomplish the following:
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