A document on a variety of examples of drop-out prevention and truancy reduction
programs that can serve as examples of alternatives to ticketing and
by Lisa Adler
Voices From the Students provides direct testimony from students who have receieved "truancy tickets." The testimonies document the consequences of these tickets and the experiences while receiving them from police officers.
End the Tickets: Alternatives for Youth is a collection of reports and documents that reveal the problems of Los Angeles Municipal Code 45.04 and provide alternatives for youth that do not involve the use of tickets, police, probation or courts to address the root causes of LAUSD's 50% drop-out/push-out rate. This collection was presented to Los Angeles Unified School District at the October 20th, 2009 Board meeting as a platform to end the criminalization of truancy, tardiness and other disciplinary issues and as an alternative to the Verdugo Hills High model.
I learned by experience what transformative organizing is, it is when we transform ourselves by having our values and actions aligned. Even though none of us are perfect, we should try to live our lives with full integrity...
Having fought for equal access to quality education for decades, Black, Latino, Asian and other people of color are now facing a whole new barrier. The mostly Black and Latino students of the LA Unified School District are being criminalized and ticketed for absences or lateness ("truancy"), contributing significantly to their 50% dropout/pushout rate.