Local officials hope public awareness and involvement will reduce the amount of truancy in Springfield schools... especially since many anti-truancy services have been scaled back in recent years.
District 186 will eliminate the job of a truancy intervention specialist as a result of budget cuts. And the Regional Office of Education says it only has three caseworkers to keep an eye on all of Sangamon County.
So those educators hope a new public relations effort by the Faith Coalition for the Common Good will remind students... and parents... of the importance of kids being "in school and on time." The group plans to reinforce that message through yard signs, T-shirts, buttons and more.