CHAPTER 63

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 230

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. I

AND SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 41, TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE, TO PROVIDE SUPERINTENDENTS OF SCHOOLS WITH SUBPOENA POWER IN DEALING WITH UNCOOPERATIVE PARENTS.

WHEREAS, recent studies of parent-school relationships demonstrate that in many instances parents do not cooperate with school officials, making it extremely difficult for such officials to maintain discipline in their districts; and

WHEREAS, without some additional authority school superintendents will continue to be unable to establish and maintain such discipline as is required if our schools are to improve their ability to bring education to the students; and

WHEREAS, giving the superintendents of schools in each district subpoena power in dealing with uncooperative parents will be helpful.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Chapter 41, Title 14 of the Delaware Code by adding the following section:

"§4112. Subpoena Power for Superintendents

The authority of the superintendents of schools in each district and the superintendent of each attendance zone of the New Castle County School District shall include that of issuing subpoenas as such may be required, in his opinion, to compel the presence of a parent, parents or person having custody of a child going to school in such school district or attendance zone to discuss matters involving violations of school rules and regulations by such child, provided, however, before the issuance of such subpoena the superintendent shall first schedule a conference with such parent, parents or custodian of such child at a time that does not conflict with the employment hours of such parent, parents or custodian of such child."

Approved June 11, 1979