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Sep 18, 2013 12:50 AM by KOAA

Fort Carson Schools Experiencing Truancy Issues

 The amount of kids not showing up for class is on this rise, especially in districts that contain lots of military like Fort Carson Middle School. 

After teaching elementary school for 16 years, Brenda Richardson decided she wanted to do something different. She teaches the "Success Academy" at Fort Carson Middle School. It's a special class that's been created for students who have behavioral issues, most commonly, missing too much class. 

"We do a lot of truancy, the D's and F's. The students that are at risk of failing or expulsion. Those are usually the students we see the majority of."

And the students missing class, almost always corrolates with issues at home such as a parent with PTSD or on deployment. And this is no small issue. Not only does the success rate of the child graduating from high school drastically go down, but the child attending school is Colorado law. 

"Since I've been here, we have had, maybe about 15 or 20 of them went to court. And I've seen two cases, this is my 4th year here, and that kids had to spend time in a juvenile facility in Spring Creek." says School Resource Officer Phillipe Nardo. 

The money comes from a grant from the Colorado Department of Education and has a 94 percent sucess rate. After one year in the program, the majority of student grades improve exceptionally. The course is designed to not only raise grades, but to create life goals for the students. 

The grant will run out at the end of the next year, but the school says they will apply for it again.The 

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