Very recently, the Texas Senate voted and passed a bill to decriminalize truancy, which is currently treated as a Class C misdemeanor, resulting in a criminal record. Texas is one of 2 states who prosecute children for tardies and unexcused absences in adult court.
While this new bill will encourage pre-court truancy prevention measures, it fails to completely remove the option to file criminal charges. However, leaving the option to file may be the only way to get this bill on its way. Public school districts are still in support of truancy prosecution, as they believe it is the only way to have students and parents take truancy seriously. A previous bill in 2013 passed in the House and Senate, but failed with Governor Perry vetoed it.
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