Roswell advances truancy ordinance

A committee in Roswell has decided to consider further the idea of holding adults criminally responsible for students who miss school.

This idea has come from the mayor.

The new ordinance could find parents and guardians guilty of “educational neglect” should a child under the age of 13 have over 10 unexcused absences.

The mayor calls the ordinance necessary because he sees state truancy statues as a “convoluted mess.”

The Roswell Daily Record reports the city council meets May 12 to consider the resolution and whether or not to hold a public hearing on it.

The earliest public hearing would happen during a city council meeting June 9.