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Anti-truancy cases overwhelm W.Va. social workers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new effort led by West Virginia's judicial system to curb the state's growing student truancy problem is overwhelming social workers.

The West Virginia Supreme Court launched an initiative last year to tackle truancy by pairing up the circuit court system, local school boards and social agencies to help keep students in school.

The state Department of Education says about one in five West Virginia students had five or more unexcused absences last year and 9 percent statewide were truant more than 10 days.

The Charleston Gazette reports ( ) that those involved in the anti-truancy initiative say the increased push is creating results. But they say isn't enough manpower within the state Department of Health and Human Resources to deal with all the truancy cases.


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