Mister Teacher of Learn Me Good rejoices over proposed legislation in Texas that would fine parents up to $500 for missing parent-teacher conferences. He doesn’t think the bill actually stands a chance of becoming law. (“I mean, come on, in a society where someone can spill hot coffee in their own lap and then sue the restaurant for millions of dollars. …”) But, just in case, he has some ideas on where the money should go:
But you know, on the off chance that this pipe dream is actually realized, and the bill is posted through, I would like to suggest a rider. Choose some percentage of the imposed parental fine, and give it to the teacher who was stood up. If I had even half of a percent of $500 for every time I've had a parent no-show, I'd be rich! And I've only been teaching for four years!
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.