A Gainesville mother has been arrested after her daughter missed too many days of school.

The unidentified woman was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after her ninth-grade daughter had 59 unexcused absences.

Alachua County's school attendance review board then filed a petition.

Alachua County Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey says it's the first case in a while where a parent has been charged. He said the board is also reviewing other cases that could bring charges.

Florida requires attendance after 15 unexcused absences.
District officials must then follow a process to work with parents
to get their children to attend school.

Charles Hall, the district's director for dropout prevention,
says prosecution is a last resort.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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