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."
This flier warns Los Angeles School Police Department that the pre-prison conditions in their schools are a violation of students' civil rights.
This flier warns Los Angeles School Police Department that the
pre-prison conditions in their schools are a violation of students'
"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.
"Criminalize kids early and often? What’s next? Truancy – the new
gateway crime? While this effort may generate short term statistical
‘success’, it is a jaw droppingly wrong headed, counter-productive way
to treat kids," writes Home Education Magazine.
Summer Youth Organizing Academy (SYOA) graduate and Roosevelet Hight School Taking Action student leader, Cinthia Gonzalez, is featured in this short video highlighting the discussions of Los Angeles youth regarding the state of public education at President Obama's National Youth Summit Opening.
Cinthia calls for the protection of student services and resources and
the reduction of funds used for zero tolerance policies and policing of
Black and Latino youth.