A little while ago I noticed a post on my facebook feed somebody getting a fine for missing a day of school because of a holiday, then I came across articles such as this one in the mirror giving numerous examples of fines being given.
I'd like to understand what lead to truancy laws being introduced. Was there a problem in the public eye that was being solved. Did is start this strict or has it been over-interpreted.
This is not a question about the merits of such policy unless that helps answer the question.