Florida County Says it May Jail Parents of Truant Children

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Parents of chronically truant children could face jail time in one northwest Florida county.

Officials in Escambia County say such a harsh penalty could be sought for parents of children who have ten unexcused absences in 90 calendar days.

School officials say chronically absent students represent less than two percent of those attending public schools in Escambia.

But they say children who miss that much school put their entire futures in jeopardy.

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