Truancy reform legislation, which would decriminalize Texas’ punitive system for handling students who miss school, has made it to the governor’s desk.
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After a long stand-off between the House and Senate, a last-minute compromise may save the prospects of truancy reform, which has gained broad bipartisan support.
Advocacy groups want a statewide ban on using Tasers on schoolchildren, but discipline policies vary widely between school districts.
If students skip class, Texas law is there to reel them back in.
At a legislative hearing this morning, state Sen. John Carona, the Dallas Republican who’s leading the payday “reform” effort in the Senate, basically said the industry had bought off lawmakers. Carona was defending the latest version of his payday loan legislation, which most advocates derided as unacceptably weak.