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Will schools start grading your parenting?

You get a performance review of your skills and attitude at work.

Now, what if your kid's school sent home a report card grading your skills as a parent?

That's the proposal a Florida State representative, Kelli Stargel, is hoping to convince her fellow lawmakers to adopt. According to The Ledger, the Parent Involvement and Accountability in Public Schools bill would see parents of kids from pre-K to Grade 3 assigned a "satisfactory, needs improvement, or unsatisfactory" in these areas:

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  • Parental response to requests for conferences or communication.
  • The student's completion of homework and preparation for tests.
  • The student's physical preparation for school that has an effect on mental preparation.
  • The frequency of the student's absence and tardiness.

"I'm assuming through this process that every parent wants the best for their kids," Stargel told the Ledger. "You can have the best teacher in the world in front of the classroom but if the child isn't there, then they don't learn."

There's no consequence to having a low rating and the idea would be to start a dialogue with the school.

Amid talk of merit pay, it does seem fitting to discuss the huge role parents pay in their children's learning. But will parent report cards just send parents into fits of anxiety they thought they'd left behind decades ago?

Weigh in: Would this work? Will kids find themselves off the hook for a D because Mom and Dad are too busy being gutted about their "unsatisfactory?"

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Tralee Pearce has been a reporter at The Globe and Mail since 1999, starting as a writer in the paper’s Style section. She joined the new Life section for its launch in 2007. She covers parenting and family issues for the daily section. More

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