As reported by the Orange Country Register, the city of Anaheim, California is taking truancy seriously. The Anaheim Union High School District has become the first in California to test GPS technology as a means of ensuring that students come to class.
Seventh- and eighth-graders with four or more unexcused absences during the school year are assigned to carry a hand-held GPS device and check in several times a day. Automated phone calls each morning remind them to come to class, and an adult coach calls them at least three times a week.
The policy has generated some interesting commentary, including these observations in the Washington Post and at MSNBC:
Experts include Peter Gudmundsson of the Dropout & Truancy Prevention Network (www.DTPNetwork.com)