Thursday, October 09, 2014

New laws aimed at reducing tickets in school worked: 83% fewer last year

New laws aimed at reducing tickets given to students for in-school misbehavior resulted in a whopping 83 percent year-to-year drop in the number of tickets written, according to data revealed at yesterday's joint hearing of  the Corrections and Public Education Committees. Here's how Chuck Lindell's coverage in the Austin Statesman (Oct. 8) opened:
Working as intended, two state laws passed in 2013 have fueled a larger-than-anticipated 83 percent decline in the number of Texas schoolchildren prosecuted in adult court for infractions such as disrupting a classroom, court figures show.

Including other misdemeanor school-based offenses, almost 90,000 juvenile cases were kept out of adult court by the new laws, which were written to encourage schools to handle most behavior problems internally instead of relying on police or the courts, two Texas House committees were told Wednesday.

“We were expecting a drop. I don’t think we were expecting that significant a drop in the first year,” said David Slayton, director of the state Office of Court Administration.

The sharp decline in the number of juvenile prosecutions, publicized for the first time at Wednesday’s joint hearing of the House Corrections and Public Education committees, offered early evidence that the laws were working to reduce the number of children saddled with criminal records for relatively minor school offenses, legislators and criminal justice advocates said.
See additional coverage from KWBU radio and written testimony presented to the committee from TCJC's Jennifer Carreon.


Anonymous said...

Reducing tickets works? We learn to tolerate nastier and nastier behavior in the classroom and thereby create a climate where little education can take place.

Kenneth D. Franks said...

I was a Texas educator for three decades and had only three or four incidents where the police were actually needed.

Anonymous said...

The cases should not have been in adult court to begin with. Is there no juvenile system? AND, fewer cases does NOT equate to greater compliance.

Anonymous said...

Check out what's happening at Ed White Middle School in San Antonio.