Truancy bill would require call to parent within hour of student's absence
from The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio students who miss school without an excuse can expect a phone call home within an hour of failing to arrive if a truancy bill in the legislature becomes law. Sen. Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland, proposed the bill after the disappearance and killing of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze. Defreeze took two public buses each morning to E Prep, a charter school in the Union-Miles neighborhood of Cleveland. On Jan. 26, she was abducted at the second bus stop. Her body was found days afterward in an abandoned home on the city's east side. Convicted sex offender Christopher Whitaker has been charged with aggravated murder in her death.
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