My Mom Made Honor Roll

Some parents are being graded by schools

Next Tuesday is report-card day at Chicago's Harold Washington Elementary School, and Tracy Bates is already on edge. She earned A's and B's last semester in most subjects, including attendance and presentable uniforms. But she's been working to pull up the D she got in homework monitoring. Bates, you see, is a 39-year-old stay-at-home mom whose daughter is a fifth-grader at Harold Washington.

With teachers and students held to increasingly stringent academic standards, a small but growing number of schools around the country are insisting that parents also make the grade. Harold Washington has issued its parents their own report cards...

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