The recent story in Dallas Morning News (and several other news sources) on Dallas school districts handcuffing truant students is ironic: the students that were guilty of truancy were arrested on school grounds and taken out of school. Isn’t the point of the being fined for truancy to try to encourage children to stay in school? If I were arrested at school, I’d be less inclined to make myself an open target by attending classes.
Three groups, Disability Rights Texas, Texas Appleseed and the National Center for Youth Law, are filing a complaint. The complaint focuses on the district’s reliance on an attendance-tracking system that can be prone to error. Hopefully the broader issue of prosecuting truancy cases in adult courts, a practice unique to Texas and Wyoming, will enter the picture somewhere along the line.