Bill to allow self-evaluation for parents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that would allow parents to do a self-evaluation of how involved they are in a student's school performance is headed for a vote on the Senate floor.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown was approved 5-3 in the Senate Education Committee. The companion bill is also awaiting a vote on the House floor.

The legislation would set up a four-year pilot program involving six of the state's struggling schools. Kelsey says the proposal is another tool to encourage parents to be more involved and begins a conversation between them and teachers.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Louisiana is currently considering legislation to grade parent participation.

Utah passed legislation last month 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.

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