ERIC Number: EJ932023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Truancy Programs: Are the Effects Too Easily Washed Away?
Huck, Jennifer L.
Education and Urban Society, v43 n4 p499-516 Jul 2011
Truancy has been identified as a risk factor of criminal behavior but results are mixed as to the best means to reduce this school-based concern. The Truancy Prevention Initiative has been implemented in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina under the direction of the Recovery School District to reduce levels of truancy, increase graduation rates, and decrease youth crime. This article emphasizes the statutes and ordinances behind this initiative in order for it to be compared to current evidence-based literature to forecast its effectiveness. In addition, social disorganization and deterrence theories are used to analyze the foundational elements of the Truancy Prevention Initiative. The Truancy Prevention Initiative is a promising program that requires process and outcome evaluations to draw a stronger conclusion of its effectiveness. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
Descriptors: Evidence, Truancy, Crime, Graduation Rate, Prevention, Risk, Program Effectiveness, Educational Legislation, State Legislation, School Districts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana