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Truancy enforcement puts parents behind bars (The Marshall Project): In Berks County, Pa., parents can be jailed for not paying fines when their children are declared truant from school — defined in Pennsylvania as more than three unexcused absence. Some are questioning the effectiveness of treating truancy as a criminal issue, especially when it reflects deeper problems in the family.

Chicago school offers incentives to get students to complete the FAFSA (NPR): Alana Mbanza, college and career coach at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory School in Chicago, won’t rest until each and every one of the school’s seniors fills out their financial aid forms. Mbanza uses incentives like raffling off free prom tickets and erasing detentions for students who get their friends to fill out the FAFSA.

Childhood obesity down in King County; school programs credited (KING 5): New school nutrition guidelines from King County and the USDA helped lower childhood obesity rates by 17 percent, officials say.

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