It’s time to grade parents, new bill proposes

1984 Big Brother

Leslie Postal and Denise-Marie Balona
Orlando Sentinel

Every year, Florida’s students, schools and districts are graded based on their performance. Now, it’s time to start rating parents, a state lawmaker says.

State Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, filed a bill Tuesday that would require elementary school teachers to evaluate parents based on “the quality” of their involvement in their children’s schools.

Parents with children in pre-K-to-third-grade would get “satisfactory,” “needs improvement” or “unsatisfactory” ratings in four broad categories.

They would be judged on their response to requests for meetings or communication, their children’s completion of homework and preparation for tests, their children’s absentee and tardy rates and their children’s “physical preparation for school,” including a good night’s sleep and appropriate meals.

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