Legislators file bills by deadline

House Bill 4: It creates a parental involvement and accountability act in public schools.

“Parent accountability has decreased, and efforts undertaken to increase parental involvement is critical to improving student academic performance, addressing student misbehavior and monitoring daily attendance,” says the bill filed by state Rep. Greg Holloway, D-Hazlehurst.

If the bill passes, each report card for students in kindergarten through Grade 12 would include a section in which the teacher grades parental involvement as satisfactory, in need of improvement or unsatisfactory on each of the following criteria:

•Parental response to requests for conferences or communication;

•The student’s completion of homework and preparation for tests;

•The frequency of the student’s absence and tardiness; and

•The student’s overall grade per nine (9) week’s assessment.

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