- 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 (https://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.


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

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