(Please read the thread title with your sarcasm detector turned on.) Used to be when you heard the phrase "assault on a teacher", you thought about a teacher getting beat up by a student. Now you gotta worry about the parents as well. Well duh. This thing bothers me in all kinds of ways. It's just the latest in a line of crackpot "laws" that try to circumvent established procedures. See, we used to have these things called school boards, and we voted for them. Which makes this law seem kind redundant, not to mention overboard. And the teachers make a good point: what qualifications do parents have to make major changes to school systems and curricula? And if they do have the qualifications and are so concerned...why aren't they running for the school board? And won't the biggest effect of laws like this be to drive good teachers out of the profession and/or to other districts? And finally, the biggest, most obvious question: if the schools are having these problems, mighn't at least some of the problems be the parents? Many teachers complain bitterly of parents who, at best, don't help the kids with homework and, at worst, raise unruly kids who are unteachable in the classroom. But no, it's much easier to blame the teachers. And it's a lot easier to sign some petition than it is to run for school board yourself.