Texas Students Receive Fewer Disciplinary Tickets

New court data show that the number of tickets written by public school police officers for student misbehavior has fallen 71 percent since new laws designed to reduce the procedure went into effect late last year.

Until the new laws, students who caused disruptions on school buses or in classrooms, who trespassed, or who possessed drugs or alcohol on school grounds could be ticketed with a Class C misdemeanor.

The reforms — authored by state Sens. Royce West, D-Dallas, and John Whitmire, D-Houston — took effect Sept. 1 and were attempts to decriminalize student behavior. West’s measure was designed to stop ...

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