TN Governor Signs Parental Involvement Legislation
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed into law a proposal encouraging school districts to develop parental involvement contracts with students' parents. Under the proposal, parents would agree to, at a minimum, review their student's homework and offer assistance when needed, sign report cards, ensure that their student is not truant. They must also attend school functions, and make every effort to attend parent-teacher conferences. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the law is similar to a proposal Michigan passed in 2001. Another measure advancing in the Tennessee Legislature proposes what are commonly referred to as parent report cards, which are mostly used in charter schools. It’s being scheduled for floor votes in both chambers.