Aug 10, 2013

In his capacity as County Judge, Jenkins is responsible for overseeing the county’s truancy courts which hear cases from partnering school districts and enforce the truancy court orders as directed. This specialized court system provides Juvenile Case Managers who work with youths and their families to determine the underlying issues involved in absenteeism, many of which include behavioral health issues. Once these issues are addressed, many students find a return to the classroom much easier to embrace thereby increasing the promotion and graduation rates as well as decreasing the dropout rate in the county. Under this program, 93.6% of the DISD students who appeared in these courts advanced to the next grade or graduated, strengthening the chance for a better future for them and their families.