TULSA, Okla. - UPDATE 11/7/18: Councilor Karen Gilbert dropped a proposed school truancy ordinance from consideration.
"I am disappointed that TPS leadership chose to issue a divisive letter at the 11th hour, which perverted the intentions of the ordinance, rather than in engaging in open, public dialog," Gilbert said.
Tulsa Public Schools expressed concern about the proposal in later October.
Tulsa city councilors discussed a proposed truancy ordinance at a committee meeting Wednesday afternoon aimed at getting more kids to stay in school.
Previous versions of the ordinance would have cost parents money or jail if their child missed school too often. A newly proposed ordinance would fine parents $25 to $100.
Tulsa Public Schools says the proposition would “disproportionately target both our economically disadvantaged families and families of color.”
Protesters at City Hall on Wednesday said the ordinance creates a bad relationship with law enforcement agencies and won’t fix the attendance problem.
Councilors have not yet voted on the measure. FOX23 will continue to follow this story.
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