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Skip School, Go to Court

In most states when students miss or skip school their parents are called or the school intervenes. In Texas, students who have repeated absences are sent to court. Dallas County has an automated process that sends students to be tried in adult court after just three unexcused absences. The Department of Justice has been called in to investigate if the school system is violating the civil rights of students with the practice. Last year 20,000 truant students in Dallas County went to court. Listen to learn how this system works and how some students and communities are disproportionately affected.

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Story Length: 4:45

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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