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Instead of juvenile detention, 15-year-old freshman Jaime Pacheco of East Dallas was chosen by a judge to be enrolled in a pilot program in which chronically truant students are monitored electronically, the New York Times reports. Since Jaime started carrying around a Global Positioning System earlier this year, he has had perfect attendance. "I'm just glad they didn't take him to jail," said Jaime's grandmother Diana Mendez, who raised him. "He's a good kid. He was just on a crooked path." Educators are struggling to meet stricter state and federal mandates on attendance and graduation rates. The Dallas Independent School
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