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Skipping School Fine

Parents in one Arizona community face large fines if their child is late to school

It's a classic problem. How do you make sure kids get to school on time? One Arizona community says the answer is simple: you charge parents each time a student is late or skips school. The tribal council for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is fining parents 100 dollars a day the first time a child is significantly late or absent. That fine goes up to a maximum of 300 dollars a day for repeat offenders.

That means parents of chronically late or absent students could be charged thousands of dollars. Officials from the tribe say the idea is part of a larger education initiative which includes homework help and other support. And they add, the money goes to the tribe's general fund.

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