Friday, 27 December 2013

The Almighty License Story

Truenancy never was a problem in the Bama school environment that I grew up in.  You might have used your farm requirements....thus faking up a logical but truthful reason....and skipped a day here and there.

Over the last thirty years, I've become impressed by the amount of truancy, and dedication by some sixteen year old punks.

In Germany....they have the same problem, but here....the cops will eventually get involved and the parents could end up with a fine if it reaches a drastic state.

I read this week that Michigan's legislature has decided....enough was enough.

So a law has been crafted and in the works now.  Basically, after a certain number of days missed....the school has to contact a local judge.  It's not a decision that the school makes or the principal or the county superintendent.  The law dictates you simply will inform the judge.  Then the law puts the local judge into a bind....he can only take the info given, and report it.  Again, he can't act out some role or pretend the event didn't occur.

The judge will end up calling or faxing or sending an email to the state guy who controls driver's licenses.  Based on that one report....he will invalidate the license of the kid.  It's not clear on the way that the kid or parents get the message.  I will assume that some letter is generated and sent to the kid himself.  It'll be a three-liner probably...."due to truancy, your license is revoked".  There's probably a line directing them to a page where they can work on reestablishing their license....which likely involves some fee, and a certain period of showing no additional truancy (probably over six months).

The kid's reaction?  Well....he or she might pretend the letter never came, and just keep driving.  After one occasion of getting pulled over, and a hefty fine of driving without a license.....things get seen differently now.

The one thing in the state's favor?  You are mandated, with no exceptions.....to attend school until you reach eighteen.  For a fourteen year old punk already testing truancy?  They even worked in a piece to the law that says you could be denied your license, until after eighteen.....if you got into a bad habit of truancy.

For the youth of today, there are a couple of important things.  Access to a computer, a cellphone, access to beer, a car, and a license to operate a car.  Denying any of these....really dissolves a successful youth era.  I would imagine several states will follow this trend.  For kids with truancy issues.....I think life just took a tumble.

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