Parents should get time off for teacher conferences

Associated PressFebruary 10, 2012 

JUNEAU -- Parents who have trouble getting time away from work to get involved with their kids' school lives might get help from a bill that would guarantee time off to attend parent-teacher conferences twice a year.

Democratic Rep. Bob Miller of Fairbanks says his intent in writing HB 315 is to make sure parents with demanding jobs can get away from work to meet teachers without risking their jobs. He also wants conversation to turn to parent involvement at school.

Since he introduced the bill Wednesday, Miller says, he has heard support from constituents back home and a few who have thanked him in person, including a teacher who couldn't get away from work to go to meet with her child's teachers.

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