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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Ditching school...

This could easily backfire: Apparently, the city has a new plan for dealing with kids who ditch school: send them to the Great Escape amusement park in the summer! As the TU reports today:
[The field trips are part of] the city's Truancy Abatement Program, which will start its second year in September. Created in cooperation with the police and school system, kids found on the streets during school hours, or who were chronically absent were picked up by police who also contacted their parents. Counselors prodded them to attend class and during the summer, they've kept in touch with a regular slate of activities, including trips to the library, Park Playhouse and even The Great Escape amusement park.
I like the part about contacting their parents and prodding them to go to school. I'm not so sure about the summer field trips. We shouldn't promote the idea that you should be rewarded for going to school, and this system has the obvious problem of incentivising bad behavior. I can only imagine what the kids with perfect attendance think about all this.
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