Lawmaker wants parents notified of school testing, surveys - WKRN News 2

Lawmaker wants parents notified of school testing, surveys

Posted: Updated: Feb 18, 2014 10:54 PM

Notifying parents of state testing and school surveys is encouraged, but if a state lawmaker has her way, school leaders would be breaking the law if they didn't notify parents.

Metro parent Michelle Jones told Nashville's News 2 she takes pride in keeping tabs on what's going on at her child's school.

She said she was completely shocked by a recent survey that asked questions like, "Do you know anyone who carries guns or knives to school?" and "Do you know anyone who belongs to gangs?"

"When some of the teachers at our school started telling me specific questions that were on the survey, I was completely shocked," Jones said.

Because of parent concerns, the survey in question, which is accepted by more than two dozen school districts across the state and paid for by a grant, was suspended.

State Representative Sheila Butt of Columbia is on record stating she will be proposing a bill that would require parental notification concerning state testing and surveys.

"I think it's up to each individual parent to decide for themselves in their family when they want to explain to their kids about things like that on the survey," she said.

A Metro school's representative told News 2 there will be a formal review of all surveys that could go out to students.

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