Too much homework leads to Parent’s Bill of Rights proposal in Williamson

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – P.J. Mezera’s nine children have all been in Williamson County Schools, but with some of the last ones still in the classroom, he’s noticed them spending more time in the evenings with homework than with him as a parent.

Mezera, who is also a Williamson County school board member, decided to say something about it, which has opened discussions about what has been called a Parent’s Bill of Rights.

“I dont know a single parent who is clamoring for the school system to give their kids more homework,” said Mezera, adding, “You read research like that and you are thinking, ‘lets put some limit on this homework because parents have rights.'”

The right amount of homework at various grade levels is expected to be just one of several issues addressed in the proposed bill of rights.

Others would likely include testing, discipline, bullying, overall communication and expectations of parents.

Williamson County Schools Director Mike Looney told News 2 he will begin a series of meetings with parents in the district next week.

Based on input from those meetings, he expects some sort of formal policy called the Parents Bill of Rights to be presented for consideration by the Williamson County School Board later this year.

He added that much of the discussion has been ongoing with parents, “this would be a way to make it formal policy.”

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