Truancy plan gets early dismissal
May 1, 2012
A plan to put subjective teeth in a countywide anti-truancy ordinance was expelled by supervisors Tuesday in the aftermath of a chilly public reception.
Parents of home-schooled children and civil libertarians were among a growing army of opponents to the proposal, which would have granted “detaining powers” to school resources officers and other authorities which are not currently allowed.
Advocates, including the county probation and sheriff’s departments and school superintendents, haven’t been able to articulate clear elements of enforcement — such as how one determines who is a truant student prior to the individual’s being approached and detained.
Ordinance opponents asserted the plan would subvert constitutional protections against unreasonable searches without probable cause.