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“I believe that a child going without an education is tantamount to a crime. So, I decided I was going to start prosecuting parents for truancy. Well, this was a little controversial in San Francisco. And frankly my staff went bananas. They were very concerned, because we didn’t know at the time whether I was going to have an opponent in my reelection race. But, I said, ‘Look. I’m done.’ This is a serious issue and I’ve got a little political capital and I’m gonna spend some of it. And this is what we did: We recognized that in that initiative, as a prosecutor and law enforcement, I have a huge stick. The school district has got a carrot. Let’s work in tandem around our collective objective and goal, which is to get those kids in school.” —Speech to Commonwealth Club | January 14, 2010

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