The failure to attend school — otherwise known as truancy — will no longer be a criminal offense, thanks to Gov. Greg Abbott. Only two states in the U.S. — Texas and Wyoming — send truants to adult criminal court.
A Texas Senate panel has approved a bill to decriminalize truancy, advancing it after hearing an endorsement from the state’s Supreme Court chief justice.
House 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.
Cruel and unusual. That’s how a group of parents is describing the punishment for truant students at several Dallas-area schools, and they’ve filed a lawsuit to stop it.
Advocacy groups have filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department alleging Dallas-area public schools are too harsh in their truancy rules.
This Saturday both the Dallas and Fort Worth Independent School District’s will have city and school leaders out knocking on the doors of possible middle and high school dropouts.
A program to stop truancy in two North Texas school districts could be a moneymaker for some. Both Arlington and Mansfield are participating in the “You Earn, They Learn. Stop Truancy.” program.