The chief prosecutor in Wayne County, Michigan wants to throw parents in jail for failing to show up for school meetings. Prosecutor Kym Worthy is courting lawmakers to introduce a bill that would criminalize parents who fail to participate in at least one school conference each year. There is no indication yet as to how such legislation might affect home educators or private schools, but there is no doubt that any such legislation would carry compulsory education to a whole new level.
Critics of the legislation argue that it constitutes a gross overreach of the state’s authority and that, even if the suggested legislation did become law, it would be utterly unenforceable.
Council President Pro-Tem Gary Brown said, “If you aren’t involved in your child’s education, and he or she is failing, it’s child abuse.”
* * *A colleague, Kevin McNamara, D-Canton Township, said he feared a law would become a “tattletale version of pin the tail on the bad parent.” * * *“The question is, ‘How much government do I want in my life?'” McNamara said. “The reality is it would be an unenforceable mandate that we don’t have time to do.” * * *Daniel Lessard, a Livonia Public Schools board member, called the plan “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard in my life.” “You can’t legislate parental involvement.”
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