ATLANTA,None — Lawmakers behind a new bill hope the threat of putting parents in jail will keep children in school.
State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver told Channel 2's Carl Willis she's planning to introduce a bill that threatens parents, and even school employees, with criminal charges if they don't do enough to stop truancy.
"Children that miss even 10 days from school are educationally harmed," she said.
According to Oliver, DeKalb County had over 12,000 cases of students missing more than 10 days of school last school year.
Oliver and state Rep. Rahn Mayo, the bill's sponsor, said the coming bill would bring new requirements and fines.
"That means add some teeth, some definition to the law," Oliver said. "The school districts must report these cases to law enforcement and to the solicitor's office."
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