Bill allowing parents to grade involvement in kids' schoolwork passes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that would allow parents to grade themselves on how involved they are in a student's school performance has passed the Senate.

The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown was approved 27-0 on Wednesday. The companion bill passed the House 94-2 earlier this week.

Kelsey says the measure will allow parents to do a self-evaluation of how involved they are in helping their child or children with things like homework, or how often they attend parent/teacher meetings.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Utah passed legislation this year that creates an online survey where parents can evaluate their own involvement, but the school does not assign them a grade and it's voluntary.

Another proposal that has been signed by the governor would encourage the state Department of Education to develop a parental involvement contract.

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