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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!

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Dear Misinformed:
Fining a teacher $500 for missing a parent conference is like a local board not giving start up lab equipment to the physics teacher. Simply reschedule the conference. Better yet give the parent and teacher laptop/tablet cellphones, pay for the internet provider and work with, not against the teacher.
In the meanwhile, the real evil is edweek.org: my password prob marked return to sender!!

Dear Informed Teacher Responder:
or Anthony Rebora:
You are completely correct.
But by the time your political wish list is realized Teachers will be making $500 an hour.
Also, during that "end-time" Blagojevich will be funding Illinois Teacher pensions by 35% instead of the current 85% and Daley will appoint Todd Stroger's cousin to head the School Board and the County budget will be increased 117% instead of slashed 17%.
Robert Wendell Kenney

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