Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush Secures Funds To Fight Truancy At Harper High School Funding Part Of A Larger Vision For Parity At All City And State Schools

Feb 8, 2006
Press Release

Chicago, IL. ---- (January 21, 2006) - To reverse a disturbing trend of high absenteeism at Harper High School, Congressman Bobby L. Rush has responded with a $72,000 in federal funds to establish a truancy program.  The funds will be used to hire two truancy officers, who will not only follow up on student absenteeism, but will serve as a social services arm to the family.

 This truancy program will dig deeper and uncover some root causes that can hopefully explain why our children are not attending school, said Rush.  If theres a determination that tutorial services or parenting classes might be beneficial, school officials will work with the family to provide the necessary support.

 Congressman Rushs involvement with Harper High School is part of a concentrated effort by community leaders to shed light on the educational disparities of schools in low-income area, with an overall goal of bringing parity to all schools in the city and state when it comes to funding and support.