New Laws Take Effect In TexasA measure allowing some epilepsy patients to get low-THC cannabis oil, Texas' first concession on medical marijuana, is one of nearly 700 new laws taking effect Tuesday.
Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Decriminalizing School TruancyThe 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.
Plan To Decriminalize Truancy Headed For Full Texas Senate 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 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.
Parents File Suit Over "Inconsistent" Penalties For Truant StudentsCruel 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.
Complaint Calls Dallas Truancy Rules Too HarshAdvocacy groups have filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department alleging Dallas-area public schools are too harsh in their truancy rules.
City Leaders Knocking On Doors To Find School DropoutsThis 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.
Local School Districts Paying Cash For Truancy TipsA 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.