Chicago Suburb Ready To Crack Down On School Truancy

Steve Miller
August 28, 2018 - 7:17 pm
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Arlington Heights is moving closer to passing an ordinance to fine the parents of students who are chronically truant.

What is "chronically truant"?

Lori Bein, superintendent of Arlington Heights District 25, which covers elementary and middle school, says in her district it's a 30 percent absence rate. That means students ages 6 to 13 who miss 30 percent of the school year.

"It's significant. That has a significant negative impact on those children,” Bein says.

Dr. Bein says there are only about 10 students in that category, but she says the school district wants the parents to be ticketed as an incentive to send their kids to school.

"We want kids in school. We can help them learn. We can help them grow. We can feed them. We can provide for their needs and help them be the best they can be."

The Chicago Tribune quotes one village trustee who says fining parents would create a burden on families already struggling.

Bein says she expects the ordinance to be approved next month.