Why are the Latino students late for class? Is a book that investigates tardiness patterns among Latino students in urban school settings. This book is written for educators and researches attempting to understand and intervene with the tardiness culture that exists in some schools. In phase one, an ecological framework is used to analyze a series of narratives gleaned from school observations to show how students learn to be late in the context of various adult and peer relationships. Phase two describes the implementation of a No Punishment Empowerment Intervention (NPEI) based on Glasser''s (1965) Reality Therapy Model intended to alleviate the chronic tardiness patterns among Latino students. The NPEI was created to empower both teachers and students with life altering and paradigm shifting remedies which teaches students punctuality and does not punish their tardy behavior. Phase three examines how teachers and students respond to the tardy intervention.