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Parents who habitually allow their children to skip school could face criminal charges under legislation receiving final legislative approval today.

Senate Bill 1317 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would apply just to children in grades K-8.

While misdemeanor charges could result, advocates said they would be used mostly to pressure parents into making sure their kids attended school. Courts would be empowered to decree "deferred entry of judgment" to hold criminal charges over heads of parents without sentencing.



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