Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way

Can A Tracking Device Curb Truancy?, A New Program In Dallas Makes Truant Students Carry A GPS Device - CBS News: "(CBS) It's 7 a.m. and Joshua Cervantes is getting ready for school.

He makes his bed, grabs his ID - and his GPS tracking device, reports CBS News correspondent Hari Sreenivasan.

At school, Joshua clicks his GPS. It sends a signal to a satellite and tells his truancy counselor that Josh is on time.

'Every 10 minutes it gives me a point on that individual,' said Tom Urrutia, program manager of the monitoring system.

Josh is part of a pilot program at Bryan Adams High School in Dallas to stop truancy. Last year, out of 185 school days, he had 160 unexcused absences."

2 comments:

Karin M said...

Do you think naming the high school after an ageing, yet still high-energy, gravel-voiced Canadian rock star cuts truancy rates, too?

Bill Crider said...

I wondered if anyone would pick up on the name.