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.
Story Length: 4:45
AIR DATE: 04/03/2015