A comment came through yesterday taking me to task:
Brutus really needs to research some of this before he throws this stuff out there. Blame and hold EPISD accountable for their issues, absolutely. To say it is EPISD’s fault on an issue due to state law change is irresponsible and reckless.
The law the commenter referred to changed the penalties and procedures that state allows when schools are handling truancy.
From Title 2, Subtitle E, Chapter 25 of the Texas Education Code:
Sec. 25.092. MINIMUM ATTENDANCE FOR CLASS CREDIT OR FINAL GRADE. (a) Except as provided by this section, a student in any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 may not be given credit or a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered.
This is the law that is in effect in Texas today. There are further provisions that allow for exceptions.
A school district designated as a district of innovation may wave the requirements of 25.092.
From the EPISD policy manual:
Trying to be more careful so that more of our readers understand the point, our original post was about absenteeism, the comment was about what can be done about it. Those are two different things.
The state law still requires 90% attendance in order to gain credit for the class.
EPISD has waived that requirement.
Classroom teachers have lost the ability to tell students that excessive absences may lead to the student not getting credit and the district is losing revenue because of increased absences.
We deserve better