By MARK BOONE / NewsChannel 36
A new rule adopted Wednesday by the Charlotte Housing Authority will affect residents of the city’s public housing complexes and tenants who receive vouchers through the Section 8 program.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will monitor a child’s unexcused absences. Parents will be warned after three missed days, and again after six absences.
Ten unexcused absences in a single academic year can result in a termination of housing assistance for the child’s family.
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Parents will have the right to request an informal hearing to appeal the loss of benefits.
“Many families’ children are going to school, they’re working hard,” said Jennifer Gallman, a CHA spokesperson. “But there are some exceptions.”
About 5,000 children would be subject to the Housing Authority’s truancy policy, which applies to students between the ages of 7 and 15.
“That will make some of these parents more responsible,” said Toure Bradley, a father of two boys and resident of the Housing Authority’s Arbor Glen community.
“When you give someone an ultimatum that you have to do things then you’ll see a lot of parents stepping up and taking responsibility,” he said.