Colo. senate debates parent involvement in schools
DENVER – State lawmakers are divided on whether teachers should be held accountable for the poor performance of students whose parents aren’t involved in their education.
The issue emerged Thursday as the Senate began debating legislation that would tie teachers and principals evaluations to student performance.
Republicans and some Democrats stopped an amendment that would have factored a lack of parental involvement into the evaluations.
Democratic bill sponsor Sen. Michael Johnston said the state shouldn’t lower expectations for children because of their background. He pointed out that educators would be judged by how much students have grown from the beginning of the school year, not on whether they’ve reached a certain level of proficiency.
The measure is Senate Bill 191.