In San Bernardino County, there were 67,003 truant students in the 2011-12 school year.
More than $1 billion is spent annually on the juvenile justice system by state and local agencies.
First grade students with 9 or more total absences are two times more likely to drop out of high school than their peers who attend school regularly
53% of surveyed cities that have imposed daytime curfew laws credit the new laws for a decrease in juvenile crime.
Truancy rates are as high as 30% in some cities.
High school dropouts are 2 ½ time more likely to be on welfare than high school graduates.