My daughter just left public education in Title 1 one schools after 11 years because parents are expecting teachers to raise their children. As parents continue to abdicate their responsibilities, behaviors and absenteeism increase. This is especially true in Title 1 schools.
It’s bad enough that she had to conduct active shooter drills with PreK Special Needs and Head Start children who can’t even grasp the concept, and find it next to impossible to remain silent for any length of time. Parents, not schools or teachers need to be held accountable for truancy.
School attendance is mandatory in Texas. Parents may be fined $100 for first offense up to $500 for fifth offense. Kids with more too many unexcused absences do not advance to the next grade.
If a child continues to engage in truant conduct, a justice or municipal court may order a number of disciplinary actions. They have a great deal of options depending on the circumstances of the absenteeism. It may be as simple as a mentoring or tutorial program, or as harsh as community service hours or juvenile detention.
Put it on the parents, not the taxpayers or the teachers. They have enough on their plates as it is. If you make it the teacher’s responsibility, you’ll continue to loose dedicated, highly skilled professionals who have reached the end of their rope.