Texas parents who miss a parent-teaching conference could be guilty of a misdemeanor under a proposed law, reports the Dallas Morning News.
Rep. Wayne Smith, R-Baytown, said it is time for the state to crack down on Texans who are shirking their parental responsibilities by failing to meet with the teacher when their child is having academic or disciplinary problems.
. . . Under the bill, parents who miss a scheduled conference with a teacher could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor and fined up to $500. Parents could avoid prosecution if they have a “reasonable excuse” for failing to show up. State education officials or school districts would probably be left to define what’s reasonable but, for example, a medical emergency would probably suffice.
I’d bet school officials will be reluctant to threaten parents with prosecution if they plead work or child-care responsibilities. With so many valid excuses, the law is unenforceable.