Laurel teachers go to visit parents

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - Usually, parents have to go to school to

talk to their children's teachers.

The faculty and staff of the Laurel School District took school

buses to students' houses on Friday with the district's first home

visit program.

Education superintendent Glenn McGee said he'd read about a

study of such programs, and decided it could help. McGee says the

Tupelo Public School District tried a voluntary program last year,

but all teachers and administrators had to participate in Laurel.

He says they only went to the homes of parents who sent in

signed consent letters.

Miranda Beard, president of the district's board of trustees,

says officials hope to encourage parental involvement and improve

student achievement.

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