http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,249139,00.html Texas Bill Would Fine Parents for Skipping Teacher Meeting, Charge Them With Misdemeanor Wednesday, January 31, 2007 AUSTIN — Texas parents beware: miss a meeting with your child's teacher and it could cost you a $500 fine and a criminal record. A Republican state lawmaker from Baytown has filed a bill that would charge parents of public school students with a Class C misdemeanor and fine them for playing hooky from a scheduled parent-teacher conference. SNIP Under Smith's bill, schools would send parents a notice for a meeting with three proposed dates by certified mail. If parents don't respond or schedule a meeting and don't show without prior notice, they could be punished. Parents could avoid prosecution if they have a "reasonable excuse" for not showing up. State education officials or local school districts would probably be responsible for defining reasonable.