truancy http://michiganradio.org en Truant students could lose their driver's licenses under bill in state House http://michiganradio.org/post/truant-students-could-lose-their-drivers-licenses-under-bill-state-house <p>A state lawmaker says the threat of losing driving privileges would be a good way to discourage kids from skipping school.</p><p>Families who receive state aid <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/truant-kids-could-put-family-aid-jeopardy">can lose their benefits </a>if their child repeatedly skips school. It’s a policy&nbsp;some legislators want to <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(zk1w3ibc5vl2vd23q5ghitix))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2013-HB-4388">codify in law</a>.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:20:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15836 at http://michiganradio.org Truant students could lose their driver's licenses under bill in state House Michigan's Department of Human Services cracks down on high truancy rates http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-department-human-services-cracks-down-high-truancy-rates <p>With school out for the summer, state officials are already looking for ways to get more students to show up for classes in the fall. The state Department of Human Services wants to expand pilot programs that put more social workers in schools with high truancy rates.</p><p>At the same time, DHS has a new statewide policy that threatens to take away welfare benefits from families with kids who persistently miss school.</p><p>But, critics say that still means too few families are getting the support they need to avoid losing their cash assistance.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio's Jake&nbsp;Neher&nbsp;gave us the full report.</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:40:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 13089 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Department of Human Services cracks down on high truancy rates Stateside for Monday, June 17th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-june-17th-2013 <p>On today's show: Boondoggles.</p><p>We took a look back at some of Michigan's sorriest episodes in government spending.</p><p>And, we spoke with the members of the duo Midnight Faces, a Grand Rapids band taking a new approach to music from the '80's.</p><p>And, Dr. Amanda Lotz joined us in the studio to discuss the future of television now that services such as Netflix have become increasingly popular.</p><p>Also, a campaign has started to bring the summer 2014 X-Games to Detroit. We spoke with the guys responsible for starting the campaign about why they think Detroit should be chosen to host the event.</p><p>First on the show, with school out for the summer, state officials are already looking for ways to get more students to show up for classes in the fall. The state Department of Human Services wants to expand pilot programs that put more social workers in schools with high truancy rates.</p><p>At the same time, DHS has a new statewide policy that threatens to take away welfare benefits from families with kids who persistently miss school.</p><p>But, critics say that still means too few families are getting the support they need to avoid losing their cash assistance.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher gave us the full report.</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:30:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 13088 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, June 17th, 2013 Welfare benefits lost if children miss more than 10 days of school http://michiganradio.org/post/welfare-benefits-lost-if-children-miss-more-10-days-school <p>A new policy goes into effect Monday that takes away welfare benefits from families with children who miss more than 10 days of school without an excuse. Families that apply or re-apply for cash assistance will have to prove their kids don’t have too many unexcused absences.</p><p>David Akerly of the state Department of Human Services says that information is easily available from school districts. Akerly says the policy is not about saving money. It’s meant to be a strategic attack on one of the causes of poverty, “which is education, lack of it, not being in class, not finishing school," he said.</p><p>Karen Holcomb-Merrell of the Michigan League for Human Services said transportation, homelessness, and other stresses on a family can contribute to truancy.</p><p>“It’s not clear to us what they intend to do to help the families that are having trouble getting their kids to school," said Holcomb-Merrell.<br><br>David Akerly said it’s easier to connect families to help when their kids are in school.</p><p><em>*correction - An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed the quote to David Akerly. It has been corrected in the copy above.</em> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 11:08:57 +0000 Rick Pluta 9306 at http://michiganradio.org Welfare benefits lost if children miss more than 10 days of school