Truancy Bills Sent To House Will Deny Driving Privileges
According to CBS Detroit, Representative Andy Schor of Lansing, MI introduced two bills last week to help curb teenage truancy by denying driving privileges to minors. Driving is a privilege and one that young people treasure, making it a good way to motivate them to stay in school, Schor said. “Children need to be in school learning,” Schor said in a statement. “If students aren’t in school, they can’t become educated and move on to become successful.”
Under the legislation judges would be compelled to notify the secretary of state of cases of truancy. The secretary of state would then suspend the license of a juvenile found by a circuit court to be willfully and repeatedly absent from schools for six months. For juveniles that haven’t been issued a license yet, it would be denied.
“Schools have truancy plans in place, and this will be another way to ensure that students are in the classrooms. Driving is a privilege, and there is no bigger incentive to most teens than being able to drive,” said Schor. “With state law now requiring students to be in school until age 18, we have one more tool to ensure that they are in school and learning.”