Texas Appleseed

House Committee Hears 7 Bills Easing Truancy PunishmentsHouse lawmakers are hearing seven bills aimed at easing truancy laws a week after an advocacy group reported that Texas prosecutes twice as many teens for unexcused absences than all other states combined.
TX Chief Justice: School Ticketing Is "Criminalizing" ChildrenRemember when acting out at school would get you detention? Now, state leaders say the same actions are landing to many Texas children in front of judges.
Texas Senate Panels Examine School DisciplineThe Texas Senate Education and Criminal Justice committees are meeting jointly to discuss how schools treat troublesome students.
11 School Districts Spend $140M On DisciplineA survey of 11 public school districts who teach a quarter of Texas children found that officials spend $227 million a year on disciplinary programs and school security.