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January 23, 2007

Another Reason To Homeschool

by Brad Warbiany

Why? Because if you miss a parent-teacher conference, you’re guilty of a misdemeanor:

Sec. 26.014. FAILURE TO ATTEND PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE.
(a) A parent of a student commits an offense if:
(1) the parent receives written notice by certified mail of at least three proposed dates from which the parent can choose for scheduling a parent-teacher conference between the parent and the student’s teacher;
(2) the parent:
(A) fails to respond to the notice; or
(B) schedules a parent-teacher conference on one of the dates proposed in the notice or on an alternative date agreed to by the parent and teacher and fails to:
(i) attend the scheduled conference; or
(ii) before the scheduled conference, notify the teacher or an administrator of the campus to which the teacher is assigned that the parent will be unable to attend the conference;

(b) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

Yep. Skip a parent-teacher conference, and you’re headed to court!

Thankfully, there’s an exception for a “reasonable excuse”, although it’s not clear what’s “reasonable” or who decides. But hey, if Texas still had blue laws, maybe these parents would have better time management

Ridiculous. If we had a free market in education, this would be simple. If you don’t make it to parent-teacher conferences, the private school your child is attending can threaten to expel, or threaten to issue its own fine, etc. But when the government is involved, you’re headed in front of a judge, buddy!

Hat Tip: Cato@Liberty


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  1. When I was teaching in Killeen,TX, where (largest stateside Army base)Fort Hood is, a parent teacher conference was considered that soldier’s duty station for the time specified. We could call a soldier’s CO and have him order the soldier to school. I thought it was a grand idea at the time.

    Since then, I ‘ve changed by attitude about government’s role in education a bit: and, yes, I homeschool.

    Comment by Karen — January 23, 2007 @ 9:44 pm
  2. If this had been enacted when I was a child, a lot of mothers would have been charged and found guilty.

    As a homeschooling mom, I say, “I’m not talking to myself, I’m having a Parent-Teacher Conference.” :-)

    Comment by Wendy — January 24, 2007 @ 8:26 am
  3. Btw, that’s not my quote. I am not sure who originated it though.

    Comment by Wendy — January 24, 2007 @ 8:29 am
  4. Speaking as a teacher in the state of Texas, I am deeply disturbed at the thought that I might be given, effectively, subpoena power over the parents of my students.

    Comment by Rhymes With Right — January 24, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

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