It was a recent March Monday, and Anderson had answered the door in her shorts, T-shirt and socks, hardly expecting to be greeted with handcuffs by Orland police officers. She was shocked by the one-word response that came back over the police radio: truancy. Then, the 37-year-old mother of four was booked into Glenn County Jail on a $10,000 warrant.The key phrase there is "maintain state funding". To some bureaucrats, there is no greater crime than to lose some funding from some higher govt authority.
Anderson soon realized she had been arrested in connection with her dispute with the Orland Unified School District over her youngest son’s attendance record. Eight-year-old Logan suffers from asthma, the cause of most of his 24 absences this school year. Anderson has been able to persuade the school to excuse only 14 of the absences, even though she says that in some of those cases the district nurse agreed Logan should go home. ...
The Orland school district employs a truancy officer and requires doctors’ notes after a student racks up 10 absences, von Kleist said. And this year it began requiring short-term independent study for students who are removed from school for winter trips of five to 10 days to Mexico or for other reasons, helping students stay up on work and helping the district maintain state funding tied to attendance, school officials said.
Missing 24 days of school may sound like a lot, but in bigger cities like Oakland it is commonplace. CPS guidelines say not to act unless there have been over 100 unexcused absences in a school year.
Update: The mom in this story has just posted a comment below. I guess that means that she is out on bail.
These parents are being prosecuted because they have the audacity to make their own independent judgments about the welfare of their own kids. When their kid was sick, their first concern was to take care of their kid, and worry about the paperwork later. I've never heard of parents being prosecuted for some minor irregularities in the paperwork for a sick kid missing a few days of school.