DA's office takes on truancy

August 19, 2009 2:21:24 PM PDT
The Harris County District Attorney's Office upgraded its program aimed at fighting truancy. The DA office's 'Stay in School' program will work with 12 area school districts. The program dealt with 33,400 truants last school year. The prevention program initially relies on warning letters from DA Pat Lykos sent to parents and students. More unexcused absences prompts an early intervention to deal with underlying problems.

Ninth graders made up the largest percentage of students receiving truancy warning letters.

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