A Jackson city councilman wants to fine parents of children who skip school
The Clarion-Ledger reports that Councilman Tony Yarber said such fines could force students back to the classroom and might reduce crime and dropout rates.
The state's American Civil Liberties Union director said Yarber's proposed ordinance could result in unfair profiling. She noted that a state law already addresses truancy.
Yarber said the ordinance provides a local enforcement tool for the state law.
Under the proposed ordinance, parents or guardians would first be issued a warning. On a second offense, a parent would be fined no more than $150, and the court would order attendance in a parenting class. For a third offense, a parent would be fined no more than $250 and must take another class.