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A Third of Martinez Students Reported As Truant During School Year

Alhambra High truancy rate is listed at 48 percent. What should educators do to tackle this issue?

About a third of Martinez public school students were reported as truant at least once during the past school year, according to information released by the state superintendent's office.

The rate is slightly below the county average and slightly above the state average.

Truancy is defined as any student who misses 30 minutes or more of class time without a valid excuse at least three times in one school year.

Not surprisingly, high schools have the highest truancy rates.

The state data shows 61 percent of Vicente Martinez Continuation High students were reported as truant during the 2011-2012 school year. At the rate was 48 percent.

Las Juntas Elementary was the highest among the primary schools at 33 percent.

Below is a table from data gleaned from the state superintendent's website. You can view data on suspensions, expulsions and truancy for each individual school by clicking here.

School Enrollment Truants Truancy Rate Alhambra High 1,391 677 48.7 Briones Independent Study 136 0 0 John Muir Elementary 432 92 21.3 John Swett Elementary 422 63 14.9 Las Juntas Elementary 458 151 33 Martinez Junior High 903 265 29.3 Morello Park Elementary 557 82 14.7 Vicente Martinez Continuation 181 111 61.3 Martinez Unified Total 4,348 1,441 33.1 Contra Costa County Total 37.6 California Total 28.5
Jed April 25, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Maybe because over a third of the students are children of ILLEGALS???
Jed April 25, 2013 at 02:33 PM
No habla blah blah.
Casey Terminello April 25, 2013 at 03:24 PM
What really struck me was that 48 percent was LOWER than the county average. Yikes! We need to start holding parents accountable.
Patrick J. McNamara April 25, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I think it has more to do with an expanded definition of truancy. When I went to school, truancy meant cutting school and going fishing or otherwise blowing off school and goofing off. Arriving 30 minutes late to class resulted in a dressing down and perhaps some detention or punitive homework. Parents may have been called, and consequences resulted from that. It was just dealt with. Now everything is chronicled, data is compiled, robo-calls are initiated to the home, and minutes of class time must be scrupulously accounted for because it all affects money from the state.
Jed April 25, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I figured it out... IT'S ALL ABOUT MONEY! If the schools don't have a valid excuse for a student not being in class they don't get MONEY from the state. Redefining the parameters solves some of this problem.
Chris J Kapsalis April 25, 2013 at 03:37 PM
On the right there. "Alhambra Included in Ranking of Nation's Best High Schools " ??? With a 48.7 trunacy rate? I am not being smart blank, but how is this?
Chris J Kapsalis April 25, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Alhambra is one of the best high schools in the country according to rankings released Tuesday. With a national ranking of 1,294 and a state ranking of 267, Alhambra High School was one of 1,790 schools awarded a silver medal by U.S News and World Report in its 2013 list of the nation's best public high schools. The rankings were calculated by looking at student performance on standardized tests, evaluating how well schools educated black, Hispanic and poor students, and by how effectively they prepared graduates for college. " Article Seems if you miss work or are late, sick etc. is critical for getting a good job and keeping it, getting a promotion, doing well in buisness, life, or doing well in college, anything. I think someone may have sliped up here a bit.
CMelendez April 25, 2013 at 05:11 PM
"What should educators do to tackle this issue?" NOTHING! They should continue teaching. Truancy is a parental issue. And if excessive truancy is effecting school funding, then the community should work to fix the problem. The educators should focus their efforts on those that are choosing wisely by attending school; not distract their attention to those that are absent!
Chris J Kapsalis April 25, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Isn't part of teaching, teaching how important it is, vital, to be punctual , not late, not miss class etc? When you have a job, the boss isn't gong to care much, only you are not there or late. Of course the parents and teachers have to work together, but if I was to give awards to schools, I would definitely factor in such things as being late, missing class etc of the students. Teachers inspire. Teachers not only teach dry facts and skills, but motivate them to want to learn, be in class. And I am not saying it is easy. But how can you give a silver award with such a high truancy level? If they are not there, you can't teach them, and they are not learning. Right? Makes zero sense to me. On the good side, we must have some bright students to do so well on the tests and miss so much class ( as a whole ) .
Rosaura Raya-Markham April 25, 2013 at 06:59 PM
There are many reasons why students are truant. It is not because they are illegal. Are the students being truly engaged in school? Whose responsibility is it? Schools, parents and students? Do you know the saying that "It takes a village to raise a child." We definitely need to take a look at alternate methods of public schools receiving funding from the state for attendance and property taxes.
h.m. gee April 25, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Check the documentation! I have had to call an correct absences because they don't check their 'accounting"! Parents should check online if they have computer access.
Robinson Crusoe April 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Nothing! The school system only teaches how to be a repeater, a robot. They do not teach how to educate yourself, they do not teach critical thinking. Kids should be able to miss a bit of school after all they aren't slaves yet, that's after the graduate.

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