According to a UK survey, 79 percent of respondents found that the fines helped improved classroom attendance. Since the truancy law took effect in 2004, UK school officials issued over 127,000 fines to parents. But, half of the penalties were either withdrawn or never paid.
Although school officials in Connecticut are unsure if the truancy policy will prove to be a success, they are willing to give it a try.
“The mayor agrees that truancy is a real issue in New Britain schools, and what’s been done in the past hasn’t been working to increase attendance,” said Phil Sherwood, aide to Mayor Timothy O’Brien.
Students view the new penalty as a waste of time.
“I don’t see the point,” said a 17-year-old incoming high school senior. “Kids will just try harder not to get caught.”