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  80R486 SLO-D
 
  By: Smith of Harris H.B. No. 557
 
 
 
   
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT
relating to the failure of a parent to attend a public school
parent-teacher conference; providing a criminal penalty.
       BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
       SECTION 1.  Chapter 26, Education Code, is amended by adding
Section 26.014 to read as follows:
       Sec. 26.014.  FAILURE TO ATTEND PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE.
(a) A parent of a student commits an offense if:
             (1)  the parent receives written notice by certified
mail of at least three proposed dates from which the parent can
choose for scheduling a parent-teacher conference between the
parent and the student's teacher;
             (2)  the parent:
                   (A)  fails to respond to the notice; or
                   (B)  schedules a parent-teacher conference on one
of the dates proposed in the notice or on an alternative date agreed
to by the parent and teacher and fails to:
                         (i)  attend the scheduled conference; or
                         (ii)  before the scheduled conference,
notify the teacher or an administrator of the campus to which the
teacher is assigned that the parent will be unable to attend the
conference; and
             (3)  in the case of a student with more than one parent,
another parent of the student does not attend a parent-teacher
conference scheduled in accordance with this subsection.
       (b)  An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
       (c)  An offense under this section may be prosecuted in a
court in which an offense under Section 25.094(b) may be
prosecuted.
       (d)  It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this
section that the parent had a reasonable excuse for failing to
attend the parent-teacher conference.
       (e)  The clerk of the court in which an offense under this
section is prosecuted shall transfer the proceeds of any fine
collected by the court under this section to the school district
that employs the teacher with whom the parent was scheduled to meet
in the parent-teacher conference. The district may use funds
collected under this section only to:
             (1)  provide additional compensation to classroom
teachers in the district; or
             (2)  purchase school supplies other than textbooks as
defined by Section 31.002.
       SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.