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Compton Mayor Aja Brown on tackling the school truancy problem




Compton mayor Aja Brown standing in front of the Martin Luther King Memorial near Compton City Hall ..
Compton mayor Aja Brown standing in front of the Martin Luther King Memorial near Compton City Hall ..
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In California, more than 1 million elementary school students were truant last year, according to a new report that's part of an effort aimed at combating truancy statewide.

There's already new state legislation on the issue, but in Compton, officials have been fighting truancy for years and may be seeing some success.

According to a recent op-ed penned by the city's mayor, Aja Brown, the Compton school district saw an 1.5 percent increase in attendance. While that may seem pretty slight, Brown wrote that it netted the district 2 million dollars in federal funding.

Mayor Brown joins Take Two with more about the problem of truancy in Compton.