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Jul 6, 2010 11:06 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Missed teacher conferences could land parents in pokey

A Detroit-area prosecutor wants lawmakers to pass an ordinance that could jail parents for up to three days for repeatedly missing scheduled parent-teacher conferences.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says such an ordinance is aimed at making parents responsible for their children's education, which may keep more young people out of trouble. She's still working on the details of her plan, but says it could go before county commissioners next month.

Worthy also is considering whether to approach state lawmakers with the idea. Civil libertarians say her plan may be outside the law.

Challenges are expected. Republican Kentucky state Rep. Adam Koenig submitted a similar bill last year that gained little acceptance and failed to make it out of committee.

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