Lakeland Republican Kelli Stargel believes that schools need to go beyond just teacher accountability.
“I feel like the missing link was the parent. We need to somehow engage the parent in this process,” Stargel said.
The lawmaker plans on getting parents involved with the help of a parent report card that will be distributed four times a year. For parents with children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, the card would be included with their child’s report card.
Parents will be given one of three grades:
- Needs Improvement
The grades will be based on the parents’ performance in three areas:
- Attendance [of child]
- Preparation [of child for class]
- Communication [between parent and teacher]
The concept of the parent report card has both supporters and critics.
“I think it’s a good idea. I feel like I would get a pretty good grade,” said parent Rai Smith.
Critics, however, are concerned that parents might take offense, and as a result do even less.
“Parents have a very tough job. I’m a parent. I’m not sure unsolicited [that] I want someone to send something home and say we don’t think you’re a very good communicator,” said teacher Jock Willers.
The proposed law would allow for parents to appeal any grade they disagree with.