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New York Bill Upsets Some Parents

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A new bill in New York would require parents of elementary school children to attend a minimum of four parent support classes. If parents don't go, sixth graders won't move onto seventh grade.

New York State Sen. Ruben Diaz Jr. Introduced a bill that would require parents of elementary school children to attend a minimum of four parent support classes. If parents don't go, sixth graders won't move onto seventh grade.

"I think it's crazy. You learn on the job, obviously on being a parent. You know your child better than anybody else, so for someone to teach you how to parent, especially your own children, I think it's insane," said Leslie Venokur, the co-founder of Big City Moms.

Big City Moms is a parenting support group.

Venokur says what's most concerning is that the education commissioner and board of regents would develop the parenting guidelines.

"…they should just stick to what they're good at, which is teaching kids and staying away from the parents," she said.

The bill states that one of the courses would be related to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children. Employers would be required to provide one day a year of paid leave so working parents can attend classes.

Parents and non-parents that FOX spoke with think that it is a good idea.

"I don't mind taking the classes because I think it's a good thing," said a parent.

"You need a license to fish, but anyone can be a parent. And there are some really bad parents out there," another said.

"I think every good parent would admit there's always something more that they can learn. People who are truly offended by it are probably the ones that need it the most," said a third.

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