The use of IN SCHOOL detention is the best option for many minor school rule infractions, but that only works for tardiness, obviously you can not detain one that is not even present. Allowing random attendence, is INSANE. Truancy (habitual unexcused absense) is a crime in most states, and should be handled as such, using juvenile arrest and reform school. That leaves the middle ground of skippng days here and there, to force more time away from school as punishment for missing time from school, makes ZERO sense, only the gov't could even dream up such nonsense. If the absense is "unexcused" then simply record it, if enough of them accumulate to constitute truancy, then make an arrest. Suspension and expulsion (forced truancy?) should be reserved for the more serious (or repeated minor) behavioral problems while on school grounds, and used a lot more than they are now. Teachers are forced to spend far too much of their time dealing with the 2% that act like morons, and that detracts from educating the 98% that may otherwise learn more.