Fort Bend ISD hosts meeting to discuss district's stance on truancy

By Keith Garvin - Anchor/Reporter

SUGAR LAND, Texas - A gathering of parents, students, teachers, and administrators to discuss what's become a controversial topic in Fort Bend ISD:  the issue of truancy and the district's tough stance on the issue.

A lawsuit claiming the truancy court is unfair was recently filed and just two weeks ago the district suspended the program for a reassessment. 

"After just collaborating with a lot of folks in our community, collaborating with the county, it was just a good time to kind of take it offline, just evaluate it from soup to nuts," says district superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre.

Tonight's meeting at Marshall High School in Missouri City was designed for all parties to discuss discipline, student engagement, as well as the truancy program.  The law firm that filed the lawsuit claims the district's program -- which sends chronically absent students to truancy court -- is unlawful and discriminatory. Dupre says the program's suspension was necessary.

"We really want to make sure that we're doing the right thing in the right way to benefit our kids," says Dupre.  "And so this month we're undergoing a very significant review process of every step of our truancy measures."

"The district needs to take a moderate ground," says parent Sohail Momin.  "Not to be too tough, not to be too lenient and it's going to be very difficult to find that lenient or middle ground."

Dr. Dupre says while the truancy courts have been suspended truant students are still expected to attend class over these last few weeks of school.

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