A bill introduced in the Florida House of Representatives would require some public school teachers to grade parents. The teachers would send home 'report cards' grading the parents' involvement in a child's educational progress. The grades would range from Satisfactory, to Needs Improvement, to Unsatisfactory.
"I think it would be a good idea," said parent Robert Henderson of Fort Myers. "I believe that parental involvement is the single most important ingredient in a child's success in school."
No way, says Tammy Mahoney. "Teachers ought to focus on teaching, not judging the parents. If anything, we need to do more checking on the teachers and how they perform in helping the children learn," she told WINK News.
The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Kelli Stargel of Lakeland. Mark Castellano, president of the Lee Teacher's Association, says he likes the concept. "However I do not think it will pass the current legislature. I do like the fact that a lawmaker actually recognizes that a child's performance in class depends on many factors, like parents, outside the teacher's control. You can't put it all on just the teacher," said Castellano.