- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - A commission trying to guide Youngstown city schools out of academic difficulties wants more information about how truancy is dealt with.

Members of the Youngstown City School District Academic Distress Commission say they want to hear directly from the district’s truant officer.

The Vindicator reports (https://ohne.ws/1E9r462 ) that the commission heard from the district Thursday that only a few schools met attendance goals in January and February.

Douglas Hiscox, deputy superintendent for academic affairs, says only five schools met the goals, which are 95 percent for elementary schools, 94 percent for middle schools, 92 percent for high schools and 85 percent for alternative schools.

Hiscox says district personnel make daily phone calls to parents of absent students but only one person makes home visits.

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Information from: The Vindicator, https://www.vindy.com


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