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Latino Truancy Rates High in Tri-Cities

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PASCO, Wash--  Juvenile Justice experts say truancy, or intentionally skipping school, is a growing trend in the latino community.  That's why students, parents and hispanic leaders met at Stevens Middle School in Pasco to address the problem. 

Some experts say there's a link between students skipping class and the juvenile justice reform system.

"Today's event is an opportunity for the latino community to come together to talk about truancy and its affect on the latino community," says Cassandra Villanueva, a legislative analyst.  "Truancy is a reason why latino youth end up in the juvenile justice system."

She says solution to the truancy rate starts with bringing members of the community together, then look at the research, and determine what types of services are needed to get the kids back in school.