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truant

a person who is absent without leave, esp from school
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You're fixing to lose a lot of children, absolutely," said Mike Cantrell, the Dallas County commissioner who once heard truancy cases as a justice of the peace in the 1980s.
The wide variations may be attributed to several key changes in how the Chicago Public School (CPS) district and ISBE classified truancy and defined "dropouts" including:
The volume of students sent to truancy court has increased over the years, and minority and underprivileged students face this punishment more often than others, Harris says.
Anyone ringing a Kirklees school these days will often find that option one in the telephone keypad is to report a child for truancy.
The North East had a slightly higher level of overall absence than the UK average but scored better for truancy, with unauthorised absence accounting for just 0.
In the past, sheriff's deputies have conducted periodic truancy sweeps to find high school students and middle-schoolers ditching school, but officials say the truancy car will be more effective in combatting the problem.
Christine Blower, acting general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: "The Government needs to draw the obvious lessons from the latest truancy figures.
But ministers have also called for some parents to do more to get their children to school after reporting that half of pupils caught on truancy sweeps were found with an adult.
The council says children seen walking around without an adult will be quizzed by a council truancy officer and police.
Education Minister Peter Peacock said: 'Too many pupils are trying truancy.
Just three years ago, the stayaway schools had some of the highest levels of truancy in the country.
In Coventry, truancy is falling and is below the national average of 0.