cutting classes

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  • Topic: Truancy, North Carolina State University, United States
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Introduction

The term “cutting classes” is the practice of missing a designated class without permission. Another slang term for avoiding class attendance is “skipping class” the official word for an intentional, unauthorized absence from class is “truancy.” Truancy is any intentional unauthorized or illegal absence from compulsory education. It is absences caused by students of their own free will, and usually does not refer to legitimate “excused” absences, such as ones related to medical conditions. Truancy is usually explicitly defined in the school’s handbook of policies and procedures. Some children whose parents claim to homeschool have also been found truant in the United States. Another term for truancy is also skipping class Students who attend school but do not go to classes are considered cutting class. In some schools, cutting class may result in not being able to graduate or to receive credit for class attended, until the time lost to truancy is made up through a combination of detention, fines, or summer school. In the United States truancy regulations are generally enforced by school officials under the context of parental responsibility, new automated calling systems allow the automated notification of parents when a child is not marked present in the computer and where law enforcement officers are present, the fine for, “playing hooker” can range from $250 to as much as $500. About 12,000 students were ticketed for truancy in 2008 in Los Angeles, Many states provide for the appointment of local truancy officers who have the authority to arrest habitually truant youths and bring them to their parents or to the school they are supposed to attend. Many states also have te power to revoke a student’s driver’s license or permit. Where it exists, a school truancy officer is often a constable or sheriff, concurrently.

Background of the Study
There was a time when cutting classes was not an option for students at NC...
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