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Cobb School Board member: Ban absentee parents from graduation

COBB COUNTY, GA - The fact that many parents are not actively involved in their child's education is a constant frustration, especially for teachers.

Several studies show that involved parents, no matter what their economic level, mean better students with higher grades, who are more likely to graduate.

School board member David Morgan believes too many parents in his part of Cobb County are absentees.

"In my particular area, I think we need to put more accountability in place for parents to get the type of involvement we want, because doing it the way we're currently doing it is not working," Morgan told 11Alive News on Thursday.

He's come up with an idea to penalize parents who don't attend parent-teacher conferences and similar school activities.

He wants to deny them a ticket to their child's graduation.

"I think graduation, a ceremony itself, is extracurricular and I think it should be tied to parent engagement," Morgan said.

"Anything to get parents involved, but I don't want to declare war on parents by making them have to, you know, check a check list of things they have to do because our lives just aren't like that anymore," said Connie Jackson, President of the Cobb County Association of Educators.

While her group represents many frustrated teachers, she believes Morgan's idea is too extreme and would punish the children of those parents.

"Unfortunately in our day and age there're a lot of parents who can't be involved just because they're working two jobs or whatever reason and I think penalizing the children is always a negative," Jackson added.

Several Cobb School Board members were lukewarm to Morgan's graduation ban idea at a Wednesday work session.

Some wondered if it was even legal and who would measure a parent's involvement.

Morgan said it's just an idea, but it has certainly generated a lot of talk in Cobb County schools.