Thanks to the Law Center’s intervention, all of the 1,052 excessive fines assessed since 2004 have now been reduced, saving the community over $450,000. Magistrate Judges have also continued to stop issuing fines in excess of $300, and the total fines imposed have decreased dramatically. These new practices will go a long way toward helping to ensure that families are able to effectively address truancy issues and keep their children in school.
The Law Center is now focusing on ensuring that the District repays parents who already paid the excessive fees they were charged – totaling $108,000. A trial on our motion for class certification is scheduled for June 21, 2012.