Truancy cases on the rise in Tulsa County

By: From Wire Reports, Tulsa World
By: From Wire Reports, Tulsa World

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - So far this year, the Tulsa County District Attorney's office has filed truancy charges 524 times against parents whose children have missed school for 10 or more consecutive days.

And that number is expected to rise as classes resume this fall.

For all of 2012, prosecutors filed 508 truancy cases. In 2011, that number was 427.

Chris Johnson is chief accountability officer for Tulsa Public Schools. He says the district now has one employee who focuses just on truancy, and that's why the numbers have gone up.

The Tulsa World reports that the misdemeanor truancy charge carries a minimum fine of $25 on the first offense, $50 on the second offense and a maximum penalty of $250 and up to 15 days in jail for a third offense.

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