Youth

When you're late to school...does it matter what color you are?

Publication/Circulation Date: 
Apr 14 2011

When you're late to school...does it matter what color you are?

Key documents and letters: The Public Counsel submits campaign's recommendations for drastic changes to truancy laws (Sept 2010)

"Alarmingly, the data we have reviewed to date shows that enforcement of the daytime curfew law is in targeted areas with underresourced schools and communities, resulting in disproportionate police and court contact, curfew tickets, and fines for low-income students and families of color."

Key documents and letters: CRC writes to LAUSD to provide feedback on the hiring of a new Chief of LASPD (Sept 2010)

"The Community Rights Campaign is writing to express concerns regarding the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) hiring process for a new Chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) and important unresolved issues relating to police misconduct and accountability on school campuses."

Key documents and letters: CRC writes to the LA City Council requesting a study of truancy ticketing policy (Jun 2010)

"The Campaign’s preliminary analyses of the data indicates that the law is not being enforced impartially - in poor and wealthy communities alike, for public and private school students citywide, and to White, Black and Latino students without bias."

Key documents and letters: CRC and its allies write to LA school officials to stop improper truancy ticketing (Mar 2010)

"Under the current practice, students who are actually attempting to get to school have and will continue to be disproportionately receiving truancy tickets. It is not a crime to be late to school."

Key documents and letters: Superintendent Ramon Cortines responds to the CRC's concerns over truancy ticketing (Sept 2010)

"Starting in January 2010, Interim Chief Michael Bowman began participating in meetings with your group and has since agreed that the LASPD would no longer use the California Education Code to write students tickets for Habitual Truancy."

Truancy Tickets Series #3: Know Your Rights!

This flier advises students on what actions to take if they receive a truancy ticket.

Truancy Tickets Series #2: Mock Tickets for Westchester and Manual Arts High Schools

This flier warns Los Angeles School Police Department that the pre-prison conditions in their schools are a violation of students' civil rights.

Truancy Tickets Series #1: Mock Complaint Report for Cleveland and San Fernando High Schools

This flier warns Los Angeles School Police Department that the
pre-prison conditions in their schools are a violation of students'
civil rights.

Truancy ticketing resonates with journalism students in Los Angeles

"Clearly, I’ve missed an important lesson in logic as it totally
blew my mind that students could be fined for coming to school," writes Rachel Ferreira, a student at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Van Nuys, sharing her own experience receiving a truancy ticket.