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Florida HB 543 - Parental Involvement and Accountability in the Public Schools

Florida HB 543 - Parental Involvement and Accountability in the Public Schools

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Published by Shane Vander Hart
Introduced by State Representative Kelli Stargel (R-Florida) in the Florida House of Representatives an identical companion bill, SB 944, has been filed in the Florida Senate.
Introduced by State Representative Kelli Stargel (R-Florida) in the Florida House of Representatives an identical companion bill, SB 944, has been filed in the Florida Senate.

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HB 543 2012
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FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
A bill to be entitled1An act relating to parental involvement and2accountability in public schools; creating s.31008.347, F.S.; providing purpose to provide4information and tools to parents of prekindergarten5through grade 5 students and to set minimum standards6for parental involvement; specifying causes for7student underachievement; requiring shared information8between teachers, schools, and parents; requiring9prekindergarten through grade 5 teachers to evaluate10parental involvement and send a parental involvement11evaluation to parents under certain circumstances;12requiring adoption of a process to dispute a parental13involvement evaluation; requiring reports on parental14involvement evaluations by district school boards and15the Department of Education; providing for16implementation; providing an effective date.1718Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:1920Section 1. Section 1008.347, Florida Statutes, is created21to read:221008.347 Parental involvement and accountability in public23schools.
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 24(1) PURPOSE.
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Although the school environment has a great25impact on a child's well-being and academic success, parents and26the home environment form the foundation of a child's present27and future life. Without proper parental involvement in all28
 
 
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aspects of a child's life, the child's prospects to be an29effective, successful member of society are greatly diminished.30The purpose of this section is to provide information and tools31to parents of prekindergarten through grade 5 students to enable32them to have a positive impact on their child's educational33success and to set minimum standards for parental involvement.34(2) CAUSES FOR STUDENT UNDERACHIEVEMENT.
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The following35conditions are identified as possible causes for a student's36underachievement:37(a) A child is not physically prepared for the school day38due to inadequate rest, improper clothing, lack of necessary39school supplies, or frequent tardiness or absence.40(b) A child is not mentally prepared for the school day41due to uncompleted homework or inadequate preparation for tests.42(c) Communication between parents and the teacher often43occurs only when a problem has risen rather than on a consistent44basis throughout the school year.45(3) SHARED INFORMATION.
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Teachers and schools shall develop46or utilize current information packets, forms, or media for47sharing information with each parent with written48acknowledgement of receipt. The shared information may be49presented in the parent guide to successful student achievement50or in the checklist of parental actions that can strengthen51parental involvement in a child's educational progress, required52under s. 1002.23, and includes:53(a) Expectations of parents with respect to a child's54school attendance.55
 
 
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(b) Expectations of parents to timely respond to a56teacher's request for communication.57(c) Expectations of parents to properly and fully complete58important emergency and medical information requested.59(d) Expectations of parents with respect to a child's60academic work, including, but not limited to, time set aside for61daily homework and reading, nightly check of homework completion62and preparation for tests, and signature on forms.63(4) ACCOUNTABILITY.
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 64(a) To help parents establish a home environment that65supports the child as a student, each prekindergarten through66grade 5 teacher shall monitor and evaluate the involvement of67the parents of each student in his or her class. Each68prekindergarten through grade 5 teacher shall evaluate the69parental involvement as satisfactory, needs improvement, or70unsatisfactory on each of the following criteria as defined in71district school board policy:721. The frequency of the student's unexcused absence and73unexcused tardiness.742. Parental response to requests for conferences or75communication.763. Parental submission of complete and correct77information, including, but not limited to, emergency contact78information; student immunization records; and pertinent79parental contact information, which shall be on file and updated80if changes occur during the school year.81(b) The parental involvement evaluation shall be sent82along with the student's quarterly assessment to the home of the83

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