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    Filed at 7:47 am under by dcobranchi

    A proposed law in TX would make it a criminal offense to miss a parent-teacher meeting.

    80R486 SLO-D

    By: Smith of Harris H.B. No. 557

    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

    AN ACT
    relating to the failure of a parent to attend a public school
    parent-teacher conference; providing a criminal penalty.
    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
    SECTION 1. Chapter 26, Education Code, is amended by adding
    Section 26.014 to read as follows:
    Sec. 26.014. FAILURE TO ATTEND PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE.
    (a) A parent of a student commits an offense if:
    (1) the parent receives written notice by certified
    mail of at least three proposed dates from which the parent can
    choose for scheduling a parent-teacher conference between the
    parent and the student’s teacher;
    (2) the parent:
    (A) fails to respond to the notice; or
    (B) schedules a parent-teacher conference on one
    of the dates proposed in the notice or on an alternative date agreed
    to by the parent and teacher and fails to:
    (i) attend the scheduled conference; or
    (ii) before the scheduled conference,
    notify the teacher or an administrator of the campus to which the
    teacher is assigned that the parent will be unable to attend the
    conference; and
    (3) in the case of a student with more than one parent,
    another parent of the student does not attend a parent-teacher
    conference scheduled in accordance with this subsection.
    (b) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
    (c) An offense under this section may be prosecuted in a
    court in which an offense under Section 25.094(b) may be
    prosecuted.
    (d) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this
    section that the parent had a reasonable excuse for failing to
    attend the parent-teacher conference.
    (e) The clerk of the court in which an offense under this
    section is prosecuted shall transfer the proceeds of any fine
    collected by the court under this section to the school district
    that employs the teacher with whom the parent was scheduled to meet
    in the parent-teacher conference. The district may use funds
    collected under this section only to:
    (1) provide additional compensation to classroom
    teachers in the district; or
    (2) purchase school supplies other than textbooks as
    defined by Section 31.002.
    SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.

    7 Responses to “DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200”


    Comment by
    Stephanie
    January 24th, 2007
    at 8:48 am

    If this flies, I’ll eat my hat.


    Comment by
    Karen E
    January 24th, 2007
    at 8:55 am

    Nothing about prosecuting a teacher if they fail to show up? I’m sure the unions would love that.


    Comment by
    christine
    January 24th, 2007
    at 9:38 am

    Well, dang. That’s encouragement to keep sending your kids to public school in Texas.


    Comment by
    Darren
    January 24th, 2007
    at 10:12 am

    Hey, if this goes through, could Mom get Dad prosecuted if he misses their date that she had set up a week before? 🙂


    Comment by
    Mary
    January 24th, 2007
    at 2:44 pm

    Obviously, the authors have never attended a parent-teacher conference. I noticed one shortcoming – no security for the teacher.


    Comment by
    Valerie
    January 25th, 2007
    at 4:58 pm

    In the military, a parent-teacher conference can be considered a soldier’s (temporary) place of duty. Also, I grew up with my dad lecturing me about not mesing up because it would be his neck on the chopping block, so the military rules over the family are nothing new. (I also had to put up with a neighbor brat who kicked my house — yeah, he kicked the house — and told me I couldn’t do anything about it because the house belonged to the Air Force. Such are the trials of military Bratdom. ;>

    Of course, the military community is much smaller, and the community commander is responsible for ‘maintaining order and discipline,’ so it can be stretched to be relevant. Still, the usual consequences in the cases of unruly family members amounts to banishment from miltary areas, not prosecution.

    But giving the schools’ conferences the weight of law … against the parent for being ‘truant?’ Wow.


    Comment by
    COD
    January 25th, 2007
    at 9:05 pm

    I too grew up under the threat that my conduct and grades could be reflected in my father’s career. It’s a fairly effective ploy. However, as I remember it, parent teacher conferences were more of an exception basis. If your parents were going to one, you were already screwed. I don’t remember it as an annual thing for all students.