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Truancy Prevention and InterventionA Practical Guide$
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Lynn Bye, Michelle E. Alvarez, Janet Haynes, and Cindy E. Sweigart

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398496.001.0001

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Impact of Truancy

Impact of Truancy

(p.49) Chapter 4 Impact of Truancy
Truancy Prevention and Intervention

Lynn Bye

Michelle E. Alvarez

Janet Haynes

Cindy E. Sweigart

Oxford University Press

Truancy negatively impacts students in several ways. Students who are truant are more likely to fall behind academically, drop out of school, use drugs and alcohol, and be involved with the criminal justice system. This chapter begins by examining school discipline in relation to truancy and school dropout. In discussing school discipline, it looks at the unequal application of discipline in schools, and existing racial disparities in school discipline. In addition, it explores the ways truancy impacts individual students, the school system, and society. All three of these levels pay a high price for truancy.

Keywords:   truancy, school discipline, school attendance, school dropout, racial disparities

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