An Interrogation and Response to the Predominant Framing of Truancy
62 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 42 (2014)
23 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2015 Last revised: 14 Feb 2015
Date Written: July 7, 2014
This Article explores the predominant framing of student truancy and uncovers the problems associated with the prevailing framework. California Attorney General Kamala Harris frames the issue as an economic crisis in which truant students and their parents are to blame. This framing of truancy has led to punishment-based solutions that not only exacerbate the school to prison pipeline, but also are ineffective in solving truancy. Punishment for truancy disproportionately affects poor students of color. Thus, the framing of truancy needs to shift towards one that acknowledges race and poverty in order to develop productive solutions.
Keywords: Truancy, School to Prison Pipeline, Students of Color
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