Suspensions, detentions and defiance. Those are issues schools battle with daily. To help quell the issues, some Central Georgia school districts are combating it with a state program.
Within the past two years, Monroe County High School has improved punctuality through its CHAMP program. That stands for "Courteous, Honorable, Accountable, Motivated, and Prepared."
"The year before we implemented our CHAMP program, we suffered over 6,000 tardies to school," said Jim Finch, principal.
Now they're down to 3,000, in a school of 1,200 kids.
CHAMP is based on the Georgia Department of Education's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports system.