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@9ZL4N9SVeteranfrom Maine  answered…1 day

@9ZHKTLXPeace and Freedom from Washington answered…5 days

Yes, unless it can be proven that a guardian is intentionally preventing a child from receiving education.

@9ZGGVRFWomen’s Equality from Illinois answered…1wk

No, unless it's related to a child with special needs: they need to have a rehabilitation program for them to get to the real cause.

@9ZFQ8FJRepublican from Wyoming answered…1wk

No, if it is from public school, since the government is funding it.

@9YTCQSSPeace and Freedom from Ohio answered…2mos

It depends on if the child has transportation to and from their education, because if not, and their parents are at work there is a lower chance for them to be at school.

@9YT5WKZDemocrat from Arizona answered…2mos

No but they should at least be given 5 warnings and o be more encouraged to attend.

@Lydia-MurphyLibertarian from Mississippi answered…2mos

@9YFD8HRRepublican from Florida answered…2mos

Regardless, this should be handled at the state or local level.

@9YDPVMFPeace and Freedom from Virginia answered…2mos

Yes. If a student cannot attend school for a serious reason, they should not be punished, and if they choose not to attend, that's on them

@atraveratAmerican from California answered…2mos

I think after middle school it should be decriminalized. But until then criminalize school truancy.

@9YBBYBXDemocrat from California answered…2mos

No, but should talk actively talk to students who may personal issues which may prevent them from coming to school

@9YB7FMQPeace and Freedom from California answered…2mos

Not completely, but more investigation should be done prior to charges, and circumstances should be taken into account.

@9Y88LHTTranshumanist from Connecticut answered…3mos

to a certain extent, They should still be punished if they have no valid reason.

@9Y6Z2RNDemocrat from Indiana answered…3mos

@9Y6KB5JDemocrat from New York answered…3mos

Yes, but only past a certain age, and only if the student is opting to work or is being educated in some other form, with the option to return to school at any time.

@9Y5JQ43Working Family from California answered…3mos

Yes, however they still should implement some sort of punishment.

@9XXWTC2Peace and Freedom from South Dakota answered…3mos

@9XXMHRBVeteran from Washington answered…3mos

@9XS3W6ZIndependent from Montana answered…3mos

The law needs to have a clear definition of "unjustified" absence.

@9XPQVNRRepublican from Georgia answered…3mos

@9XK4XMYRepublican from Ohio answered…3mos

@9XH64JGGreen from Virginia answered…3mos

No, but alternative punishments should be found instead of jail and fines.

@9XGWRSXDemocrat from Wisconsin answered…4mos

Yes, it should be decriminalized but still punishable, by other manners.

@9XG6MXRWomen’s Equality from North Dakota answered…4mos

Yes, but only in high school and it should be up to the student if they want to further their education

@9XDVY9GIndependent from Massachusetts answered…4mos

No this will encourage lawless behavior and limit an individuals choices in life.

@9XBLYXYSocialist from South Dakota answered…4mos

Yes, mental illnesses and traumatic experiences from school are often an overlooked reason for truancy, there should be either counseling or some degree of investigation involved based on the frequency missed classes.

@apxlloPeace and Freedomfrom Maine  answered…4mos

No, but expand the definition of "excused absence" to include more absences.

@9X6V47GWomen’s Equality from Iowa answered…4mos

@9X5B8DLWomen’s Equality from California answered…4mos

Yes, if the child has a solid and achievable plan of what they want to successfully accomplish with their life

@9X3D69PIndependent from Florida answered…4mos

@9X39KLRRepublican from North Carolina answered…4mos

@9WZJMP3Green from Illinois answered…4mos

no, but students should onlybe fined a small amount, and nothing more

@9WQWLQGGreen from Texas answered…4mos

Yes, if you miss school, but still pass, then it shouldn't be a problem.

@9WBGDTTGreen from Arizona answered…5mos

We need to treat Education like a regular job. If students don't show up or if they cause problems, they should be suspended without pay.

@angel.uGreen from Maryland answered…5mos

Yes, and provide direct aid to truant so they can get their education

@9W5XK65Democrat from California answered…5mos

From what I'm getting is excuse them. I don't think they should be excused because we are the future and need to attend school and there should be consequences for those who chose to do bad choices.

@9W5P3KFPeace and Freedom from California answered…5mos

With our current situations and how drastically things have changes this year I feel as tough the number of missing school and time limit should be higher than just three days or thirty minutes

@9W5M38CProgressive from Vermont answered…5mos

Parents and children should not be jailed for truancy, but consequences should be made when a child's education is neglected with purpose. Many low-income families don't have the freedom to send their children to school because the children have to help with family income, or watch siblings.

@9VZP3GGDemocrat from Tennessee answered…5mos

I do not believe that school after age 16 should be compulsory.

@9VQY8MWDemocrat from Connecticut answered…6mos

Yes but as long as the child gets in trouble instead of the parent.

@9VQQVQ9Socialist from Ohio answered…6mos

No they have to listen to Bernie Sanders speeches as punishment

@9VQ27ZMRepublican from Minnesota answered…6mos

It shouldn't be criminalized. Instead, we should take a look at how we can use positive reinforcement to help students engage and take ownership in the learning process.

@9VMT78FPeace and Freedom from Michigan answered…6mos

Considering how awful bullying and harassment of targeted indivuduals has been getting, especially in recent times, you can't make a student that refuses to go to school a criminal for it; this would basically be promoting discrimination of all sorts and teaching people that you can bully and harass someone into obscurity just because you don't agree with them or don't like how someone else doesn't like how they treat others.
Essentially, this would enable bullying of low-income students or minorities by richer or majorities and get away with it scot-free because the target decided it wasn't worth dealing with it, which would make the victim a criminal in the process.

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