As part of its new high-profile effort to combat rampant truancy, the city and the School District are planning their second tough-love session targeting parents whose children repeatedly miss school.
But the related hiring of nearly 400 new parent truant officers - initially targeted for October and then promised for January 1 - is being held up because the city has yet to come up with the funding.
In December, the School Reform Commission moved to reduce the School District’s deficit by agreeing to over $40 million in recommended cuts from CEO Paul Vallas. These reductions were on top of an initial SRC decision in November to authorize a 20 percent reduction in central office administrative staff and to reduce other contracts and initiatives. The cuts are intended to reduce an unanticipated shortfall of over $70 million in the School District budget.