All but seven states and Puerto Rico have adopted the Common Core State Standards Initiative, including California. Lawmakers and other interested parties designed this initiative to ensure that students across the country are meeting certain standards for math and English language arts.
In recent years, more and more parents have chosen not to vaccinate their children because of the belief that some vaccines -- particularly the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine -- may cause autism or other developmental impairments. Although countless studies have proven this belief to be unfounded, many parents are still refusing to vaccinate their children before sending them to school.
If you have a child who is currently enrolled in school, chances are you are aware of the fact that schools take truancy from class very seriously. In California, if a student misses more than 30 minutes of class, they are considered tardy. If the student misses class and does not produce a valid excuse from a parent, then the truancy becomes an unexcused absence. Three or more truancies in a school year can result in the intervention from school administrators and a meeting with the student's parents. The more unexcused absences and truancies that accumulate, the more likely a student will be suspended or even face intervention from the district attorney.