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Is Truancy a Matter for Criminal Courts?

Texas and Wyoming are the only U.S. states that will prosecute kids in adult criminal court for failing to attend school. Opponents of Texas’ truancy law characterize it not as a way to properly address truancy but rather the establishment of dropout courts. Lawmakers sought to change the system in 2013; Governor Perry vetoed legislation […]

Texas and Wyoming are the only U.S. states that will prosecute kids in adult criminal court for failing to attend school.

Opponents of Texas’ truancy law characterize it not as a way to properly address truancy but rather the establishment of dropout courts. Lawmakers sought to change the system in 2013; Governor Perry vetoed legislation to address it. State Senator John Whitmire wants to try again this session.

We discuss truancy in Greater Houston with Jeff Alexander, Program Manager for the Justice of the Peace Court Wraparound Program with Harris County Protective Services, who believes truancy typically represents a symptom of larger challenges facing students and their families.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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