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New Britain schools chief wants truants fined

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - New Britain's schools superintendent says students who play hooky should be fined as much as $75.

The New Britain Herald reports (http://bit.ly/P8Ukwf ) that Superintendent Kelt Cooper is proposing that city councilors enact an ordinance fining truants. A recent study found that 48% of New Britain High School students are chronically absent.

Cooper, who took the school district's top job last month, is proposing fines on students between the ages of 6 and 17 who are found unattended by a parent or legal guardian between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on school days.

The Common Council would decide on the amount of a fine, but Cooper suggests $75. He says it has enough of a sting to have an effect.

 Information from: New Britain Herald, http://www.newbritainherald.com

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