Bill would give parents relief in truancy cases

AUSTIN, TX The unanimous vote Tuesday would end the current practice of charging parents with criminal negligence. Instead, it requires parents be proven to "intentionally" contribute to their child's nonattendance.

This change ensures that parents not only know their children aren't at school, but are actively influencing or causing the absences.

Houston Democrat John Whitmire called his bill a "common sense" approach to dealing with truancy. He argues that in some cases, a single parent is doing everything possible to get their child to school and shouldn't be punished for their child's actions.

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