A Michigan mother was sentenced to jail time after her 6-year-old missed an amount of days in the classroom that the state deemed too much school to miss. There were just 26 absences on the 6-year-old’s record.
The state found the mother didn’t have legitimate enough reasons for her child to be absent. Brittany Horton, 28, was sentenced after she pleaded guilty to a charge of truancy in May. Her punishment was delayed because the prosecutor’s office thought they could force her to send her child off. Instead, her kid missed a few more classes. In addition to being imprisoned, the mother will have to pay more than $500 in fines.
These kinds of law have received bipartisan institutional support. George W. Bush’s secretary of education called for a crackdown on school absence in 2004. On the other side of the aisle, ‘progressive’ Kamala Harris introduced a bill that would imprison parents for as long as a year if their kids missed too much school.
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