L.E.A.D. Program Shows Good Results for Lansing School District

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

There's been a favorable decrease in the number of truant Lansing Elementary School Students in the last two years. That according to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office and the Lansing School District, those backing the L.E.A.D. program.

It stands for Lansing Elementary Attendance Diversion. The program focuses on parents instead of students. At a news conference Monday, its first measurable data was announced.

Attendance specialists keep an eye on tardies and absences, 15 or 30 respectively and parents are petitioned to court. Punishment is parenting classes, mentoring and even PTA meetings. If they chose to not follow that or violate court ordered probation, there's jail. Most opt for the former and it's working well. Parents are involved and kids are making it to school.

In the two years it's been practiced, 178 parents of elementary and middle school students have participated. Close to 90 percent in that first year came to school more the following year. The students have an 82 percent success rate, that's how many have improved their attendance within one year of being involved. It's something those in charge say leads to less truancy in later school years and most likely less crime, too.


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