It sounds stupid. And it is. They use the excuse that they are “getting tough” on parents that decide to take their children on vacation during the school year. But the fact of the matter is that California schools will start billing families $36 a day when their child is absent. And you can bet that if this holds without much furor from parents, that other States will follow suit and start billing parent’s as well.
I’ve documented my frustration, as well those expressed by Moms from New Jersey to Texas dealing with this issue. As if it is not tough enough trying to content with a sick child, now you have to be concerned more about your child getting sick again, because some parent folds to the pressure and sends their child to school sick. Why? Because the school is pressuring them. Because now California is going to charge them.
It doesn’t take much to figure out what the culprit of this is, and I am sure most of you have already guessed that this is yet another post pointing out why the No Child Left Behind Act should not be reauthorized this year. Now in fairness, the situation is even worse in California, which has a similar attendance requirement for State aid to the schools. But you can be certain even in States where they do not have such laws on the local or State level, since they suffer similar “fines” from NCLB, more will soon follow this lead to help “compensate for lost monies.”
Update:Â I did mention in the first line that this program was “touted” as “getting tough” with parents that elect to keep their children out of school for a vacation.Â What I did not mention that at least at present, the program is “purely voluntary” (the main enforcer here, at least for now is guilt).Â Hat Tip to Barry for the ommission on my part.Â I will however still stand by my belief that should this idea not fall apart in California, other States will enact similar measures to recoup losses (whether by vacation or illness).