2017 Tennessee Code
Title 49 - Education
Chapter 6 - Elementary and Secondary Education
Part 70 - Parent Educational Participation Act
§ 49-6-7004. Parental involvement contracts.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 49-6-7004 (2017)
  • (a) As used in this section, "parent" means the parent, guardian or person who has custody of the child or individual who has caregiving authority under § 49-6-3001.
  • (b) LEAs are encouraged to develop and implement parental involvement contracts with parents of students. These parental involvement contracts will be voluntary and should be designed to encourage and facilitate a parent's involvement with the parent's child's education.
  • (c) The department of education shall develop a model parental involvement contract that may be used by LEAs. The model parental involvement contract shall provide that a parent will commit to do at least the following:
    • (1) Review homework assignments and offer assistance when needed;
    • (2) Sign report cards;
    • (3) Ensure that the student gets to school each day, on time and ready to learn;
    • (4) Demonstrate interest in the student's well-being by attending school functions and supporting the student's school activities; and
    • (5) Make every effort to attend parent-teacher conferences.
  • (d) In signing a contract, the parent shall agree to maintain within the parent's best efforts involvement with the parent's child's education to the extent required by the contract. The contract should include a means for a parent to explain any obstacles that may prevent the parent from complying with the contract. If a contract includes an explanation of obstacles that may prevent the parent from complying with the contract, then school employees shall consider accessing possible resources to help overcome the obstacles identified.
  • (e) Each LEA developing and implementing a parental involvement contract shall submit a copy of the contract to the department. LEAs shall report to the department the number of parents and percentage of parents signing parental involvement contracts in each class by May 1 of each school year. The department of education shall include the data on parental involvement contracts on the annual report card required under § 49-1-211.
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