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Grand Jury Says Truancy Up Substantially in Santa Barbara County After Program Cuts

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011 6:30am

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says the 2008 elimination of a an anti-truancy program due to budget cuts has led to a major spike in the problem, and is outlining a plan to tackle the issue.

The report says truancy increased 48 percent in 2009-10, and that the program run by the Santa Barbara County District Attoney’s Office before it was cut helped keep the problem in┬ácheck.

It calls for County Supervisors to fund one truancy officer position for the DA’s office, and then for each school district to contribute to a program to tackle the problem, with the County Education Office matching the funding in the pool.

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