- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Senate has approved to a bill that would remove criminal penalties for parents of truant students.

Senators advanced the bill to the House on Wednesday with a 22-5 vote.

Currently, parents can be fined or charged with a misdemeanor if they don’t meet with school administrators after being notified of a student’s truancy.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1mHKxne) that in the past decade, 20 parents have been jailed and 171 have been fined for violating Utah’s compulsory education laws.

Bill sponsor Sen. Alvin Jackson, R-Highland, says schools should be responsible for compelling students to attend class. He says compulsory education laws inappropriately interfere with parents’ rights to raise their children as they see fit.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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