Miss­ing school won’t be a crime

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

A long- stand­ing Texas law that has sent about 100,000 stu­dents a year to crim­i­nal court — and some to jail — for miss­ing school is off the books, though a Jus­tice Depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion into one county’s tru­ancy courts con­tin­ues.

Gov. Greg Ab­bott has signed into law a mea­sure to de­crim­i­nal­ize un­ex­cused ab­sences and re­quire school dis­tricts to im­ple­ment pre­ven­tive mea­sures. It will take ef­fect Sept. 1.

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