Proposal would allow parents time off to attend school conferences

Posted at 1:47 AM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 02:47:13-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — State Senator Katrina Robinson has filed a bill that would require employers to give their workers paid time to attend school conferences each year.

According to Robinson's office, the bill would allow full-time workers four hours of annual leave to attend events like parent-teacher conferences. The proposal would have stipulations. For example, the workers would need to be full-time employees and have worked at their job for at least one year. Employees would need to submit some type of proof to their employers in order to be eligible.

In a release, Sen. Robinson said, "As a single mother who had to juggle my work, education, and children, I can speak to how impactful this legislation would be. Being able to attend events such as parent-teacher conferences has allowed me to put my children’s’ education at the forefront of my priority list."

Sen. Robinson added she hopes this will benefit the parents around the state who currently need to choose between work and their child's educational needs.

Sen. Robinson said she hopes to present the bill in the coming weeks. There is a version of the bill in the House, sponsored by Representative Gloria Johnson.