(Feb. 4) – A Democratic priority bill to allow working parents to take unpaid time off from work to attend their children’s academic activities passed the House today on a 35-30 vote. Sponsored by Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, HB16-1002, Parental Involvement in Academic Activities, will continue on to the Republican-controlled Senate. “I’m proud to get this protection for hard-working families and students through the House,” said Rep. Buckner. “I hope the Senate will recognize the benefit parental involvement has on students and give parents the rights they deserve to support their children.” Thirteen other states have successful parental involvement legislation on the books. This bill reenacts the 2009 Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act, which expired Sept. 1, 2015. A similar bill to extend the law was killed in the Senate last year. The 35-30 vote included only a single Republican voting in favor.

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