Parents could be charged if children miss too many school days, under a bill proposed by a D.C. Council Member.
Council member David A. Catania's proposal calls for the Attorney General to prosecute parents if their child has 20 or more unexcused absences in a year. Four of the 13 members of the council are co-sponsoring the plan.
Parents would receive written warnings when after 10 unexcused absences.
Catania says chronic truancy is child abuse and a crisis in the district. He says the District already has a rarely-enforced elementary school law that can lead to up to five days in jail.
Under Catania's bill, parents could be sentenced to parenting classes or community service.