The sword of justice will fall more swiftly on Franklin County, Pa., truants if the county gets a $100,000 grant to deal with delinquent youths. But after a look at what the money will buy, we wonder if the program will really get to the heart of the problem.
County officials said that if the grant is obtained from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, it would be used to hire a community-service coordinator to recruit employers, local governments and organization to provide work for truants sentenced to community service for not attending school despite their parents' best efforts to get them there.
The coordinator would serve as a communication link between schools, the justice system and employers and students and their families, officials say. And part of the grant money would hire case managers to work with students and parents.
The idea, according to Larry Pentz, a district justice who works with the Waynesboro Area School District, is to try a number of different approaches, share information and decide which ones work best.