Los Angeles Police Department officers detain students in 2010 during a sweep for truants in the San Pedro neighborhood.
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Students rally against truancy policies on the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles on Feb. 22. The city is relaxing its punitive truancy policies to focus on the reasons students skip class.
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A Los Angeles police officer detains a San Pedro High School student in 2010 for truancy. After years of following a more punitive approach, Los Angeles is reconsidering how it handles students who skip class.
Los Angeles is easing its stance on truancy. For the past decade, a tough city ordinance slapped huge fines on students for even one instance of skipping school or being late, but the Los Angeles City Council is changing that law to focus on helping students get to class because it turns out those harsh fines were backfiring.
Two years ago, Nabil Romero, a young Angeleno with a thin black mustache, was running late to his first period at a public high school on LA's Westside.