Dallas Parents File Suit Over “Inconsistent” Penalties For Truant Students

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Cruel and unusual. That’s how a group of parents is describing the punishment for truant students at several Dallas-area schools, and they’ve filed a lawsuit to stop it.

Three advocacy groups filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of seven students who attend school in various Dallas County districts. The suit claims students are treated like criminals for missing class even when parents offered excuses for why their children were late or absent. The complaint also states the Dallas County truancy court system is flawed and says schools are too harsh with truancy rules. The suit names the county’s truancy courts along with the following four school districts: Dallas, Garland, Richardson and Mesquite.

Nicole Pryor has two children involved in the lawsuit. Her 16-year-old daughter Ashley Brown is an honor roll student at South Oak Cliff High School…

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