Daytime curfew ordinance spurring lively debate, 18 September 2007, Waco Tribune Herald, Waco, Texas
A lively debate over a new daytime curfew is likely to erupt during today’s Waco City Council meeting, though an initial vote on the proposed ordinance isn’t expected until October.
Reaction to the ordinance, which would require any student younger than age 17 to be in school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on regular school days, has been mixed. However, many parents who home-school their children have opposed the ordinance because of concerns it would trample their children’s civil liberties.
A contingent of home-school parents is expected to speak against the ordinance during the public comment portion of today’s council’s meeting.
Home-school parent Karen Derrick-Davis, who plans to attend the meeting, said she doesn’t see how Waco police can be expected to enforce the ordinance when they’re stretched as thin as they are. She also said she opposed restricting the rights of all students when only a few are blamed for causing trouble during school hours.
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