Fla. Lawmaker Proposes Report Cards for Parents

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Florida parents could soon learn if they're making the grade when it comes to preparing their children for school.
    
State Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, is sponsoring a bill that would require teachers to give Florida parents grades from the time their kids start kindergarten through 12th grade.  

"Teachers are being accountable. We're holding students accountable. We're holding administrators accountable," Stargel said. "This is basically the missing link. We want to make sure we hold parents more accountable."
    
Under the new measure, teachers like Emily Solman would evaluate parents on:

  • Whether their child completes homework.
  • The child's attendance.
  • Whether their child gets good night's rest and a proper meal.
  • Parents' responsiveness to that communication from teachers.

The parents' grades would appear on their children's report cards - a notion that's made some moms and dads nervous.   
 
"You know, it's just I didn't do so great in school," parent Jessica Pondany said. "I wasn't a great student. I am trying to make sure that my kids are better students. I would be afraid to get a report card."

Pondany conceded that giving parents grades would get them more involved. But other parents have complained they don't want more government control in their lives.
    
Stargel said the legislation is a good place to start the conversation about parent accountability.    

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