Oklahoma City proposes stricter fines for parents of truant students

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OKLAHOMA CITY – City leaders are considering stricter penalties for parents of children who cut class.

An ordinance would require a parent, guardian or other person having custody of a child to compel the child to attend school, according to city documents, or face a stiff fine.

A first-time violation – or ‘class a’ offense – would be punishable by a $50 fine.

A subsequent violation – or “class b” offense – could be punishable by a maximum of $500 or 180 days in jail.

Council members said it’s a tool police can use to encourage parents or guardians to keep their children headed to school, because the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office no longer has the money to staff a truancy program.

A public hearing is scheduled for the Dec. 8 meeting with a vote expected Dec 22.

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