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.
The truancy system in Texas proves that sometimes the best intentions have the worst consequences. A law designed to keep kids in school is now responsible for keeping them out.
Under his legislation, Whitmire said school administrators and judges would have all the same tools they have now to try to ensure kids are not skipping school. The difference, he argued, is there would be no criminal charge to follow a young person around for the rest of their life.
A new report by Texas Appleseed finds Texas prosecutes kids for truancy twice as often as all other states combined, targeting minorities.
If students skip class, Texas law is there to reel them back in.
In the fall of 2007, LaDarrius Gunn’s senior year of high school started fine. A lightning-fast cornerback and kick returner, Gunn starred at Paris […]