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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 check.

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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