Lawmakers Consider Student Progress Reports

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Teachers would be required to make a phone call to parents if students fall behind in classes under a proposal outlined by state Democrats.

Governor Granholm said the bill would help improve parental involvement in Michigan's public schools.

The plan would require a teacher to directly notify a parent or guardian by telephone when a student is underperforming at any time during a marking period.

Districts and teachers would have latitude to decide what constitutes underperforming.

Email notification also would be acceptable if the parent Emails back.

But a simple note or letter sent to a students' home would not be enough to satisfy requirements of the legislation.