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Family Court experiment helps Waianae school fight absenteeism

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A student reports to Truancy Court, created last year by Family Court to handle cases out of Waianae Intermediate School, which had the worst chronic absenteeism rate among middle schools last year.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Family Court Judge Lanson Kupau spoke with a girl in Truancy Court. “Waianae is a very special place to me, and I’m not going to just sit back and watch our kids fail,” Kupau told one family during recent proceedings.

A pilot program under Oahu’s Family Court is quietly helping address a persistent attendance problem at one Leeward middle school by removing barriers for truant students while emphasizing the importance of a high school education. Read more

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