Spurred by threats of an Austin lawsuit, the Texas Youth Commission has asked the attorney general to determine how much information must be disclosed when paroled offenders arrive at a new school.The school was informed, though belatedly, that the student was paroled after a weapons violation, but AISD wants to know "where [the crime] took place and what kind of weapon was involved." The Statesman's Chuck Lindell added this analysis:
The Austin Independent School District wants the commission to reveal more information about an Anderson High School student who is on parole for a felony weapons violation in another county. The unnamed student transferred to Anderson in August.
State law requires the commission to provide schools with a "statement of the offense" when a paroled youth arrives at a new school. The Youth Commission believes that simply naming the type of crime satisfies the requirement.
The Austin school district counters that the spirit of the law requires far more disclosure to help schools provide security and tailor programs to the paroled student's educational and behavioral needs.
Unable to come to a resolution, the commission asked Attorney General Greg Abbott for a formal opinion clarifying the scope of the disclosure requirements.
"In most cases, schools are satisfied with (knowing only the name of the crime)," Cherie Townsend, executive director of the Youth Commission, told Abbott by letter. "Until now, no school had ever claimed the legal right to more information from TYC."