- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A proposal under consideration in Roswell, New Mexico, would make it a minor crime to allow a child to accumulate 10 or more unexcused school absences.

The Roswell Daily Record reports (https://bit.ly/1RkzjBC ) that Mayor Dennis Kintigh unveiled a proposal Thursday that would make the “educational neglect” of a child 13 or younger a misdemeanor.

If the City Council approves the ordinance, the guardian of the child would have to appear before a judge in municipal court and face a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Kintigh says the proposal is intended to motivate parents to get their kids in school for the well-being of the community. He says state truancy statutes are difficult to enforce.

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Information from: Roswell Daily Record, https://www.roswell-record.com

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