Prosecutor Pushes Plan Aimed at Truant Parents

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- A Detroit-area prosecutor pushing a proposed statewide law that could jail parents for up to three days for repeatedly missing parent-teacher conferences continues to make her pitch.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy told Detroit City Council on Tuesday that "it's time to find any means necessary to get parents involved."

Worthy's plan would require parents to attend at least one conference per year or face jail. Parents of students excelling in school, those whose health issues make travel difficult and parents actively engaged with teachers through e-mail, phone calls or letters would be exempt.

Worthy tells The Detroit News she prefers a statewide law, but would start with a city or countywide ordinance. No legislation is pending.

Civil libertarians are expected to challenge the plan.

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  • by Smithey on Oct 20, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    As a teacher myself, I feel that parents should be responsible by stsying informed and in contact concerning their children's academic and social success at school. However, I do not feel jailing them would solve much of anything. 1) It will cost the taxpayers more money to jail non-violent offenders when many counties are having trouble putting the real trouble-makers (abusers, drunk drivers, etc) in jail. 2) Jailing parents would be detrimental to the children themselves. What a traumatic event to have your parent be in jail.
  • by Greg Location: Marshall on Oct 20, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    Ok, so we are not a free country, whats next, telling us we have to vote even if we do not like the candidates or we will go to jail, I think not!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2010 at 05:24 AM
    Someone should be held accountable. The Prosecutor should ask for a law to allow the parent to give up all rights to the child if the child is a repeat offender.
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