D.A. Wants Parents’ Names, to Crack Down on Truancy

But says school district won’t hand over info.

CBS Philly says D.A. Seth Williams wants to contact the parents of chronically truant students in order to end their chronic truancy, natch, but is stymied by a problem: The district won’t hand over the names of those students and their parents, citing federal privacy concerns.

“The letter writing, Williams said, would be the start of his office’s effort, and he said the pressure on parents who willfully ignore warnings of truancy would ramp up, escalating in a worst case to felony charges against the parent,” CBS Philly reports. But a district spokesman told the station that the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act is an obstacle to such cooperation.

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  • laryloo

    Good Job Seth Williams. As a public school parent I applaud this idea. With all the press about how bad things are in Philadelphia Public School no one talks about the elephant in the room. BAD PARENTS. There is a group of parents that have no idea how essential education is to freedom. Any parent who is not impressing that on their child is abusing the child. Maybe not as abusive as physical violence or some forms of mental abuse, but abuse all the same. The days of making a living without a degree are over, no more factory down the street exists, education is the only way. Education is the only true way to fight poverty. Education is the real line between the haves and have nots, yes there are remnants of the old dividing lines, but this is the modern american dividing line. Wake up bad parents, you are hurting your children by teaching indifference towards education. If your children do not receive a better education then you, they will struggle to exist more than you do today.

    • matthew brandley

      Well said. Sad part is that the justice dept aka that corrupt piece of crap Eric Holder could change the release of information protocal but refuses to. This would change the entire education program in the country. At least the state didnt accept common core! Be afraind if its ever accepted. Its ruining lives of kids, parents and teachers wherever its been taught

  • Sheneka Soloman

    I believe according to the law, any state or federal agency is allowed access to the information provided it is used solely for their specific purposes. The District is simply stalling so they don’t have to held accountable for the large amounts of nothing they are doing to address the truancy issue in house. SO sad.