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Tardy students may get community service instead of fines

Late to school? It might not cost you.

The Los Angeles City Council’s Public Safety Committee voted in favor of changing curfew laws to stop charging students hefty fines for their tardiness.

The motion came from city Councilman Tony Cardenas, who proposed modifying current laws that allow perpetually late students to be fined upwards of $250. Under the change, the students would be cited and assigned community service.

Committee Chairman Mitch Englander, who voted in favor of the motion, agreed that students should not be punished, monetarily, and called the measure “a common-sense solution.”

The proposal calls for community service to be assigned for a student's first and second offenses. The punishment for subsequent tardies is still being debated.

More than 100 students were at the meeting protesting the fines, and others came out in support of the changes. Parents, students and activists spoke for an hour.

The Los Angeles City Council will consider the committee's recommendation at its Feb. 21 meeting.

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