A Louisiana law that went into effect this month empowers school districts in the state to take action against parents who fail to show up for a teacher-requested parent-teacher conference, either in person or over the phone.
Republican State Sen. Gerald Long, who introduced the bill in the most recent legislative session, said school boards in the state’s 66 school districts can mete out punishment at their own discretion.
The law does not specify what action school boards can take in trying to enforce parent-teacher conference participation.
The summary for Louisiana Act 845, signed into law in June by Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, “requires the parents or guardians of public school children to attend or participate in at least one parent-teacher conference per year.”
A version of this article appeared in the August 22, 2012 edition of Education Week as La. Boards Can Punish Uncooperative Parents