Baltimore students offer ideas on how to cut truancy rates

09/12/2013 | Baltimore Sun, The

Two Baltimore city officials recently visited with students at a middle and high school to ask for their ideas on how to cut truancy rates in the city. Students told Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Council member Brandon Scott that programs such as clubs for poetry, dance and choir groups, and other activities could engage students in a district where nearly 22.4% are chronically absent. "The fact that they want more academic and extracurricular options is very encouraging to me," said Scott, who has introduced a bill to change the city's curfew for children under age 14 to 9 p.m. from midnight.

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