Truancy at East High School

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- You asked on Facebook and we've investigated. Laurie Arnish voiced concerns about students from East leaving the closed campus during school hours to hang out at the nearby McDonald's and BP. What we found out may surprise you.

Family Video Manager Ashley Hearn said she finds students hanging out behind her business every day.

Ashley Hearn is a manager at the family video. She says throughout the day she will see East students on the property when they should be at school and virtually every owner in the block and a half between East and McDonald's shared the same stories of littering and loitering. Our cameras caught some students in the acts.

Find out what else we discovered and hear from Rockford East's principal on what's being done.

It's an Operation Safer Streets special report tonight on 23 News at 10.


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  • by Mom on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:54 PM
    Interesting how in the video Enright makes mention of their 91% attendance rate, however neglected the 16.7% Chronic Truancy Rate and the 64.5% Graduation Rate (lowest in the city) and the 8.2% Dropout Rate. Not to mention in reading the Illinois AYP calcuation formula, the Attendance Rate is calculated by dividing the days that enrolled students are in attendance. There is no mention of any exceptions being made based on the number of FULL days vs the number of days the students chose to cut one or more classes. So how accurate is it to tout an Attendance Rate when the students are only in SOME of their classes?
  • by Marcus Location: Rockford on Nov 23, 2011 at 11:59 PM
    My brother which is at 1:45 in that video is a senor and has 8 instead of 9 classes so he gets out at 2:30. When you complete the certain amount of years in a class, when you become a senor you have the choice to have less classes.
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      by Mom on Dec 13, 2011 at 09:13 AM in reply to Marcus
      So if I'm understanding your comment right, your brother was filmed at 1:45, but this is ok because he gets out at 2:30? Also, there aren't 9 classes in the day. There are 9 periods in the day broken into 6 classes and a lunch. There is also 0-hour for those who are ambitious enough to take an extra class.
  • by Carol Location: Rockford on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    How is the school supposed to keep kids in the building? They cut the police officers, there are maybe three security guards to cover the whole building, administrators have a lot more to do than guard the doors for the entire school day. I had two students go through RPS and they stayed in school, knew better than to skip because they would answer to us when they got home. Getting an education is the student's responsibility, not the school's. The parents need to be involved, whether it's one parent or two, plenty of single parents and even grandparents are raising children to be responsible and to do the right thing. The excuses need to stop and parents and student's need to take responsibility for their actions. And the businesses in the East High area should be calling the police department especially if students are destroying property and sitting at McDonalds for hours on end. I believe that is loitering and against the law in most places. They don't turn them down to take their money for food though, I bet.
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      by Mom on Dec 13, 2011 at 09:02 AM in reply to Carol
      It's not so much keeping the kids IN the building as it is enforcing the policies, despite the exisiting faults, as they are currently written. If there isn't enforcement of consequences, be it for lack of staff or overwhelming student numbers or even lack of interest, then where is the motivation to make responsible choices? Yes, the businesses should be calling these kids in and not profiting off them. They are contributing to the problem caused by a lack of discipline. Consequences have to exist outside the home as well as inside.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Rkfd on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    Swag- From your post it looks like you might want to head back to class. I'm guessing you skipped out on those "how to write" lessons. Focus on your school not the other ones. Even better, work on your writing.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Rkfd on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:34 PM
    Swag- From your post it looks like you might want to head back to class. I'm guessing you skipped out on those "how to write" lessons. Focus on your school not the other ones. Even better, work on your writing.
  • by Jackson on Nov 23, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    I thought East had closed campus. Why are students allowed to just leave? The education system in this country is in serious jeopardy. Can't blame the teachers, can't blame the administrators -- families are not doing their jobs in stressing the importance of education to their kids! Our students will never be able to compete globally........and will be stuck in dead end jobs.
  • by Dave Location: Rockford on Nov 23, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    In contrast, there are a lot of students at East and every other high school that are there to learn. They are in class everyday, on time and do their work as requested. They are getting an education. Why don't we ever hear about them. East has what, about 1500 students? How many don't care...maybe 100. Lets worry about the other 1400.
  • by JaW on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    Ask the school? The principal? MY EYE.....ASK THE PARENTS!! Or do they have any? Their parents are probably robbing a Check-N-Go so "the family can eat". Rockford doesn't have so much a school, job, or economy problem. It has a scumbag problem.
  • by get real Location: rockford on Nov 23, 2011 at 01:14 AM
    Go to cherryvale,, loaded with kids all day long
  • by Marla Location: Rockford on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:25 PM
    You need to ask the principal just what his attendance policy is. Talk to the teachers. Tardy policy also. I think the principal may be fudging on how the has such a good attendance.
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