tru·​an·​cy | \ ˈtrü-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce truancy (audio) \
plural truancies

Definition of truancy

: an act or instance of playing truant : the state of being truant

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Later, children guilty of minor offenses, including truancy, and innocent children, including orphans, were placed in the school. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Following a catastrophic storm, a new investigation begins at Florida's Dozier School for Boys," 17 July 2019 Harris has been on the defensive for her anti-truancy initiatives, in which some parents were jailed for their child’s absenteeism. Soni Sangha, Fortune, "Issues That Divide 2020 Democrats Going Into the First Debate," 26 June 2019 But some critics have argued that her efforts against truancy unfairly targeted poorer communities. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, "Kamala Harris: Concerns about my prosecutorial record are 'overblown'," 23 June 2019 Harris has found herself on the defensive for her anti-truancy efforts, a signature initiative during her tenure as San Francisco district attorney and then as California attorney general. Melanie Mason,, "Kamala Harris defends her record as prosecutor: ‘It matters who is in those rooms’," 8 June 2019 The funds are used to fund a program called Gun Violence Information for Teens, or GIFT, as well as other educational and anti-truancy programs. Annie Sciacca, The Mercury News, "From 2015 to ’18, Contra Costa cops seized $1.1 million from people not charged with a crime," 14 June 2019 In a news release, the district touted Flauter reducing truancy issues, creating a traffic plan and organizing busing at the magnet academy. Rafael Guerrero, Aurora Beacon-News, "Four new principals announced for East Aurora schools," 4 June 2019 It was aimed at addressing chronic truancy and initially allowed children to ride only the bus free. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "D.C. students will receive SmarTrip cards to ride public transit free," 8 June 2018 Oversight to reduce teacher turnover, oversight to reduce truancy, oversight to ensure adherence to graduation requirements. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Where the candidates for D.C. Council chair stand on the issues," 11 June 2018

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1784, in the meaning defined above

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tru·​an·​cy | \ ˈtrü-ən-sē How to pronounce truancy (audio) \
plural truancies

Kids Definition of truancy

: an act or an instance of staying out of school without permission

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