As a state lawmaker interested in education reform, Kelli Stargel said she's heard a lot of discussions that come down to, "What about the parent?"
Schools and teachers can do only so much, she said, if parents don't make sure their children are in class and ready for academic lessons.
That's why she has proposed a bill that would require elementary school teachers to grade parents on the "quality" of their school involvement. A parent rating — satisfactory, needs improvement, or unsatisfactory — would appear on the child's report card.
The proposal is not meant to be punitive or intrusive, she added, but a way to prod parents to make their child's education a top priority.
"I think there's a certain segment of parents who would just step it up a notch," Stargel said. "It's not intended to be big government coming down on parents. It's just intended to hold parents accountable."
Monday, January 24, 2011
Should parents get graded by teachers?
A Florida lawmaker is proposing that teachers start grading parents based on how actively involved they are in their kids' education. More from the Orlando Sentinel: