By Camaron Abundes
MIDLAND- A new state law will arm school districts with the option of handing kids over to a judge if they have three or more unexcused absences in a month.
"In Texas Education is so important they have enacted laws to ensure attendance in school, so we are trying to tell parents and students, if you don't follow those laws you could find yourself in court," said James Henry, program director for alternative sentencing, Precinct 2 Justice Court.
When kids rack up ten or more unexcused absences, the district is required by law to turn them over to the courts.
"The student isn't the only one, if the school district thinks the parents are negligent or contributing to truancy, they can be charged," said Henry, who adds it can amount to fines as high as six hundred dollars for both the student and parent.
"I think the punishments are that serious, because I think it's important that we keep our kids in school, and they get their education, because it's the key to their success and their future," said Henry.
There will also be tougher age requirements and kids that ditch will face fines and possibly jail time.