Ypsi votes down controversial Truancy ordinance

(May 8, 2008) Ypsilanti City Council voted down the controversial Truancy ordinance. Council at their meeting on April 15th tabled the issue after numerous residents voiced concerns about how it would be applied to students that did not attend Ypsilanti Public Schools.

Police Chief Matt Harshberger said that after further research by the attorney’s office, they learned the truancy ordinance was not needed. Harshberger said the Juvenile Court diverts all truancy cases to social services. Therefore, the truancy ordinance would be of no use.

Without further discussion, the truancy ordinance was defeated unanimously by City Council.

It was left unsaid why a similar ordinance, that had already been passed by Ypsilanti Township, was ever approved and why no one from the School district knew how Truancy cases were handled by the county court system.

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