Bill curbs penalty for skipping school
Posted 4/3/2013 3:17:00 PM

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Popping out the end of a slide and chasing after his youngest of three grandchildren, Ron Hejtmenek said he is still truly a kid at heart. But a lot has changed since Ron Hejtmenek was actually a kid decades ago - even when it comes to skipping school. "I was lucky to go to a very small school, and the culture was 'where is Ron today?'” Hejtmenek said. “Whenever that happened, the cultural pressure was there."

These days, if his grandkids skipped enough times, they could face court, big fines, and in some cases jail if they do not pay up. "Yeah, it's hard,” he said, taking a breather in the Downtown Austin park where he played with his family Tuesday. “It’s a lot for my daughter to consider with her kids. It’s even different from when she was in school not too long ago.”

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Posted By: Producer Thomas  
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