Wharton's budding idea is two-fold: First, help parents get involved by easing the financial burdens. For example, provide babysitting or rides so parents can attend parent-teacher conferences.
Then, change state law to punish parents for neglecting their children's education, for sitting on their hands as children fail or drop out of school.
"When we give you the way to get here and we take away every crutch that you've been using as to why you won't come in and sit in and get your child in a tutoring program, then you deserve to be punished," Wharton said.
The idea would require money and changes in state law. And Wharton was vague on specifics.
[...]Wharton presented this idea in the wake of three recent shootings in Memphis City Schools, saying parents should be held accountable for their children's behavior.