In The Most Diverse County In Texas, A Big Racial Disparity In Truancy

June 4, 2015 | by Jyoti Thottam | Al Jazeera

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The most racially diverse county in Texas, the second largest state in the nation, is home to massive racial disparities in the prosecution of students for truancy. This article discusses the situation, as reported by the social justice advocacy group Texas Appleseed: they This article discusses the situation, as reported by the social justice advocacy group Texas Appleseed: they found that truancy cases in Fort Bend County are disproportionately filed against students of color. Although African American students make up only 29% of the county’s student population, they represent more than half of the truancy cases. Texas is one of two states in the country in which truancy is seen as an adult criminal offense, and where students can face judges without counsel. While a bill to decriminalize truancy is pending in the state legislature, the future of students in Fort Bend County is still uncertain. Read more here