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Should Florida school teachers grade parents?



State Rep. Kelli Stargel, the Polk County Republican who first brought Florida its teacher quality legislation, says yes.

She's filed a bill that ties student learning to parent actions as well as teacher instruction, proposing that teachers grade parent involvement with their children's education.

"I think there's a certain segment of parents who would just step it up a notch," Stargel told the Orlando Sentinel. "It's not intended to be big government coming down on parents. It's just intended to hold parents accountable."

Good idea? Maybe not, Sun-Sentinel columnist Rafael Olmeda writes: "Teachers have enough of a challenge doing their jobs without the added responsibility (and no added compensation, I'll bet) of antagonizing parents by assigning them grades."

Your thoughts?

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 2:38pm]


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