House Bill 3719: Revises Truancy Law

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Last Updated: May 30, 2011
House Bill 3719: Revises Truancy Law
Sponsors:
Representative Roland Gutierrez
Summary:

Current Texas education law considers it an offense if an individual under the jurisdiction of compulsory attendance laws fails to attend school on 10 or more days. The current Texas truancy law allows the courts to require individuals who have violated truancy laws to attend school "without unexcused absences." House Bill 3719 would remove the provision "without unexcused absences."

HSLDA's Position:

In some instances, public schools prosecute families who have withdrawn their children to homeschool them after their child missed many days due to illness, even though the absences should have been excused. Because of the removal of the phrase "without unexcused absences," HSLDA is opposed to House Bill 3719, as written, as it could give a judge the jurisdiction to order the child to attend school even over a doctor's objections.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

03/11/2011     (House)     Filed
03/23/2011     (House)     Read first time and referred to Public Education
05/30/2011     (House)     Bill died when legislature adjourned

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