State budget cuts block anti-truancy effort

State budget cuts block anti-truancy effort

State budget cuts block anti-truancy effort

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Associated Press

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State budget cuts and a directive from Gov. Bobby Jindal's office effectively ended LSU's involvement with statewide truancy programs for at-risk youths.

The LSU Office of Social Service Research Development said Wednesday that it will end its 16-year partnership with the Truancy Assessment and Service Center on July 1. It blamed the move on a $331,000 budget cut handed down from the state late last month.

An East Baton Rouge Parish school administrator, Domoine Rutledge, familiar with the program tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/V99hRI ) removing LSU from the process could compromise anti-truancy efforts around the state.

Created by the Legislature in 1998 to prevent students from dropping out and diverting at-risk youths away from crime, TASC targets K-5 students referred to the program by schools after a certain number of absences.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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