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New Studies in Education: The Functions of Courts in Enforcing School Attendance Laws


by John F. Bender 1927

THE importance of prompt and regular attendance at school of all children of school age is recognized in the fact that the legislature of each of the forty-eight states has enacted a compulsory attendance law.1 Various means for promoting such attendance are used more or less successfully by school authorities. Some communities and some states have a high degree of attendance, others a relatively low degree. When the means available within the school organization itself do not secure the desirable kind of attendance, the compulsory laws provide for recourse to the courts. In theory and in the law the courts are regarded as the ultimate source of relief of those who represent the state in the function of enforcing a defined amount of attendance and instruction. In practice, however, the courts in many cases fail to provide the relief contemplated in the law. The problem of which the solution is sought in this dissertation is to discover what the courts do and why, and to suggest such improvements as will secure a higher degree of prompt and regular attendance.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 28 Number 10, 1927, p. 1056-1056
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5885, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 9:22:31 AM

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