Texas Education Code: Chapter 25 Overview

Instructor: Sudha Aravindan

Sudha has a Doctor of Education degree in math education and is currently working as a Information Technology Specialist.

The Texas Education Code Chapter 25 is about student admission, attendance, enrollment records and tuition. In this lesson, we will learn about how this code is implemented in the Texas Education system.

Texas Education Code

To learn more about the attendance and enrollment requirements of the school, Jane took her daughter Jill to meet with the school administrators. Jane had read about the chapter 25 code and was aware that the statutes in Texas Education Code Chapter 25 apply to charter schools and school districts in Texas, regulating student attendance, student admission, student enrollment, and student tuition.


Jane asked the school administrator what the criteria was for a student to be admitted to the Texas school system. She was told that a student that is at least 5 years of age and less than 21 years of age as of September 1st of a school year is entitled to admission to a school district where the student lives.

Jane then wanted to know how a student is considered to be a resident. The administrator explained that there were certain circumstances considered for the purposes of providing admission:

  • if either of the parents and the student lives in the same district, even though not necessarily at the same address.
  • if either parent lives in the district, and the parent is a joint, sole or possessor conservator of the child, the student does not have to live in the same district
  • if both a student and the student's guardian having lawful control of the student live in the school district, though not at the same address
  • a student can establish residence for the purpose of attending public schools, if the primary purpose is not for participation in extra curricular activities, even if the student's parent or guardian is not with them
  • a student who is homeless is entitled to admission in any Texas school district, regardless of whether either parent or guardian is a resident of the school district


Jane wanted to know about attendance requirements for the school. The administrator explained to Jane that compulsory 100% attendance is required of all students who are at least six years old as of the first September of the school year, except for excused absences. Compulsory attendance is also applicable to below-age students if they are voluntarily enrolled in any kindergarten or pre-kindergarten program.

Jill asked what happens if she is expelled from school, not that she means to get herself expelled! She was told that she was expected to attend 100% of the classes, however if she attends more than 75% of the days but less than 90%, she could be given an option to complete an instructional plan approved by the principal. If expelled, she would have to attend a mandatory Juvenile Justice Alternate Education program (JJAEP) or an accepted alternative program.

Jane asked what the exemptions were for compulsory attendance. The administrator explained that some exceptions included attending a GED course, enrollment in a Job Corps training program and religious holiday or appointment with a health care professional. The administrator then provided more details for each of the exception categories.

A student who is at least 17 years of age and is attending a GED course is exempt from compulsory attendance under the following conditions:

  • the student has permission from the parent or guardian
  • there is a requirement by court for the student to attend the GED course
  • the student does not stay in the same residence as the parent or guardian
  • the student is homeless

A student who is at least 16 years of age is exempt from compulsory attendance if:

  • the student is enrolled in a Job Corps training program
  • the student is under supervision by a public agency under court order and is recommended to take the course

A student can be given excused absence without penalty under the following conditions:

  • observing a religious holiday
  • a required court appearance
  • attendance at the US government office to complete citizenship papers
  • participation in the US naturalization ceremony
  • service as an election clerk
  • appointment of a health care professional (the student has to be at school on the day of the appointment, either before or after the appointment)

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