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Mississippi lawmakers may make parents face a report card grading from teachers.



Mississippi lawmakers have moved forward a bill that would require teachers to issue report cards to parents, rating them on such matters as involvement with their children’s education.


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House Bill 4, the Parent Involvement and Accountability Act, was sponsored by Democrat state Rep. Gregory Holloway, Watchdog.org first reported. Specifically, his hope is to add a section on students’ report cards where teachers can give out grades to the parents and rate how well they did at helping their children finish homework, prepare for exams and get to school on time, Fox News reported.


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But critics say the bill is topsy-turvy and sets up a system where parents are accountable to teachers, rather than the other way around.


“My initial reaction is, this is absurd,” said Mary Clare Reim, in the Watchdog.org report. “The concept that parents should be graded by teachers on their involvement is a reversal of what the education system should look like. Parents should be grading teachers on their performance. Putting grades on parental involvement from the top down is not the way this should work.”


The House, dominated by Republicans, passed the bill 75-43.


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