RIPR News
5:18 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Following legal action, RI districts leave Truancy Court

Providence, R.I. – Four Rhode Island school districts have dropped out of state's Truancy Court program since the American Civil Liberties Union named them in a suit against the system.

The Providence Journal reports more districts could follow because the ACLU is hoping to add plaintiffs from other districts, besides the six they've already named.

The ACLU sued in March, claiming truancy program administrators threatened to arrest or place truant students into state custody.

The suit says administrators are trying to intimidate students into waiving their constitutional rights. Since the ACLU sued them, the districts of Woonsocket, North Providence, Cumberland and Coventry have dropped out of the program.

But state Supreme Court spokesman Craig Burke said the program may expand. He said the fact other districts want to join the program ``speaks volumes.''