San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Carlos Garcia are testifying before a state Senate committee in Sacramento today about the importance of decreasing truancy in schools.

Today’s informational hearing, held by the Senate Public Safety Committee, will address truancy and chronic school absence in California.

In 2007, Harris implemented the Truancy Reduction Initiative in San Francisco, which led to a 20 percent decrease in elementary school truancy last year, spokeswoman Erica Derryck said.

The initiative is a joint effort by the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

The hearing was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the John L. Burton Hearing Room, No. 4203, at the state Capitol.

Also scheduled to speak were other district attorneys, law enforcement officials, school officials and truancy experts.

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