AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — Punishments for truants are about to change.
Starting Sept. 1 each public school will have to create a truancy policy.
Texas lawmakers approved the change earlier this year. They decided truancy would no longer be considered a criminal offense.
Truancy cases will now be moved to civil court.
The efforts to decrease the punishment for students missing school comes after a report was released by the non-profit Texas Appleseed. They found that under the current policies 115,000 children have been criminally prosecuted for skipping school in 2013.
Texas and Wyoming are the only states to prosecute truancy in adult courts.