TN Bills Encourage Parental Involvement
Tennessee is among the few other states that have enacted or are proposing legislation aiming to push parents to get more involved in their children’s school performance. One bill advancing in the Tennessee legislature encourages school districts to develop a parental involvement contract, while another proposes what are commonly called parent report cards. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the contract legislation is similar to a Michigan proposal passed in 2001, and Louisiana is also considering legislation to grade parent participation. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says parental involvement is a key issue. Haslam has implemented tougher education policies since taking office in 2010. He says one thing separating schools doing well on mandatory tests from struggling ones is the work of parents.