Nearly one third of the students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools students are chronically absent, so Kent County prosecutors will try filing charges of "educational neglect" against some parents.

Using criminal charges has not been effective, according to one Assistant Prosecutor, who tells WOOD TV there are more than 70 cases against kids and parents this year, so far.

There were just over a dozen cases in the past two years.

Instead of jail, the "educational neglect" charges would get Children's Protective Services involved, and the families could get help in fixing whatever is causing the kids to miss school.