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House approves bill excluding exemplary students from criminal truancy

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  • Reasonable Emotion Springville, UT
    March 7, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    Absurd bill. If you currently have a 3.5 GPA you can telepathically learn and participate in what is happening in the classroom? No. There's more to gain from being present in the classroom than a grade can even represent.

  • dyc Vernal, UT
    March 7, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    I can see the result now. . . . I'm smart, so I don't have to go to work? Part of school attendance is teaching the students not only their academics, but what to expect in the work world when they reach adulthood.

  • Benevolus Fruit Heights, UT
    March 8, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    If kids are getting 3.5s and above while missing enough school to be considered criminals, shouldn't this be an indictment of both our public education and criminal systems? There shouldn't be a truancy law in the first place but if our legislature insists on one, why not an exemption for those who seem to be getting educated anyway. If anything, maybe it adds an incentive to get good grades.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 8, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    You can bet that teachers will have to allow the students to make up whatever work they miss with no penalty. This is could set the record for the dumbest education bill the Utah State Legislature has ever passed, and that is not any easy thing to do.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 8, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    So if you get good grades, you can come and go as you please?

    More to the point, I'm curious about just how many A- students have been cited for truancy and brought into court? Is this bill tailored to the needs of the child of someone with political influence, or do we have hundreds of students with that 3.5 GPA getting caught ditching class? This sounds like yet another solution in search of a problem.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    March 10, 2014 3:27 a.m.

    Wow between this bill and the one that says homeschoolers are not accountable to anybody, the legislature has hit a new low.