Truancy and Attendance Issues

As a school counselor, attendance is an issue that I deal with on a regular basis.  Often times I am trying to get students and parents to see how academics are directly affected when a student is not present in school.  Most schools have their own attendance policies in place already, so what do you think about the State of Michigan getting more involved?

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/03/west_michigan_schools_leaders.html#incart_river

This article addresses families that receive assistance from the State of Michigan.  Should parents lose their benefits if they do not send their children to school?

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