Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join Us
Site Search
Legal Flash
Blog Home All Blogs
Search all posts for:   


View all (891) posts »

Texas Sends Thousands Of Kids To Court And Fines Them For Missing School. That's About To Change.

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In a state proud of its reputation for "hang 'em high" Texas justice, closing the school-to-prison pipeline has long seemed next to impossible.

For years, Texas prosecuted more kids for missing school than all other states combined. In 2013, prosecutors charged more than 115,000 kids with truancy in adult criminal courts, where the minors were denied access to lawyers, fined thousands of dollars, and saddled with criminal records, despite evidence that such punitive measures didn't incentivize kids to come to school.

But now Texas is changing course.

As students in Texas return to school this month, a sweeping reform of the state's truancy laws will go into effect, eliminating the use of adult courts for truancy cases and requiring schools to operate truancy prevention programs. Instead of automatically handing off truant kids to the criminal justice system, schools will be forced to deal directly with minors who skip school, and to delve further than ever before into the reasons that individual students miss school.

Read the whole story at Huffington Post

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
Permalink | Comments (0)
more Calendar

Real Property Section’s Fall Fine Wine Mixer

2017 Annual Family Law Holiday Luncheon

2017 Annual Women Lawyers' Holiday Lunch

Recent Recognitions
Hon. Erica R. Yew2016 Jurist of the Year
Ruth Silver TaubePro Bono Award, 2016

Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal