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School districts and the state would be required to do a better job of tracking students who miss class under proposed legislation announced Monday that is designed to lower California's dropout rate.
The package of bills would write into law recommendations from a report released by Attorney General Kamala Harris in September.
The report, titled "In School and On Track," says 30 percent of the state's elementary school students miss enough school each year to harm their academic performance. The report says about one million students were considered truant in the 2012-2013 school year, costing their school districts a combined $1.4 billion in funding the state distributes based on students' attendance.
The law defines truancy as being absent or arriving more than 30 minutes late without a valid excuse three times in a school year. Students who miss 10 percent of the school year without good reason are considered to be chronically truant, which experts say increases their risk of failing.
"It's very predictable that the elementary school truant will end up being a high school dropout," Harris said.
Authorities have canceled an Amber Alert issued Monday afternoon for a boy allegedly abducted in Long Beach.
The Kern County Sheriff's Office located 14-year-old David Keene shortly before 1 p.m. Monday.
Kern County Sheriff's deputies found 11 illegal weapons Sunday after responding to reports of repeated illegal shooting in Delano.
Deputies arrested five men Sunday in Lamont for their alleged involvement in an assault against two men, including one who was stabbed multiple times.
Two security guards at Mercado Latino interrupted a vehicle burglary Sunday night and fired at the vehicle, according to a Kern County Sheriff's Office news release.
A woman and her dogs were rescued from an early morning house fire in east Bakersfield.
Bakersfield Police say a 50-year-old woman driving under the influence of drugs struck a bicyclist in south Bakersfield Sunday night.
A 22-year-old Bakersfield man was arrested early Sunday after allegedly firing multiple shots at a Bakersfield police patrol car.
Several residences were evacuated after a woman found a grenade under a trailer in the driveway of her Oildale residence.
A McKittrick man was killed Saturday morning in a crash on Highway 58 about five miles west of Lokern Road.
We're live blogging the action from the 2014 March Meet at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway, where nitromethane-powered Funny Cars and Top Fuel dragsters reign supreme. On Friday, we saw two quick runs down the quarter-mile track with Dan Horan racing to a 5.66 second effort in Funny Car, while New York's Tony Bartone finished out the day in Top Fuel with a 5.63. Follow our photos, videos and Tweets from the track throughout the weekend.