A Detroit Prosecutor, Kym Worthy, is proposing that parents who miss teacher-conference meetings should do jail-time.
In an effort to combat rising truancy and dropout rates, Worthy says she thinks that if parents are held more accountable for their responsibilities, children will be less likely to get into trouble. She says the idea was partly inspired by recent shootings committed by students.
She suggests a sentence of up to 3 nights in jail for parents who repeatedly miss parent-teacher conferences.
It’s a safe bet that a lot of people are going to be against the idea. Even teachers have been objecting, though many admit it’s frustrating when children’s parents continually fail to show up to their meetings.
Worthy says that she hopes to have a proposal finished by August, which she will take to county commissioners. (via the Associated Press)