The Record’s editorial board weighed in on the new effort in San Joaquin County to open up prosecution as an option to deal with instances of chronic truancy in Stockton Unified School District. It follows the news story published last week after the district sent out a joint letter from the district and the district attorney.
“But it’s nice to have a hammer available if a letter doesn’t drive home the point,” Sunday’s editorial reads.
It’s worth noting the origins of the hammer. It became possible during San Joaquin County government’s budget hearings in June, when the Board of Supervisors freed up some more money for the District Attorney’s Office. Supervisor Carlos Villapudua followed up on the new funding, coordinating with D.A. Jim Willett, school district Superintendent Steve Lowder and board Chairman Ken Vogel.
For those who don’t have kids at Stockton Unified, here’s the letter: