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    Filed at 1:55 pm under by dcobranchi

    This one is just a bit infuriating.

    A mother said a Lowell, Ind., school has threatened to expel her 6th-grade son if he misses any more days, even if he is absent for religious reasons.

    Ruth Scheidt said Lowell Middle School officials had her 12-year-old son sign a letter last month stating he understood that he could be expelled if he missed another day of school for any reason before the end of the semester in January.

    The family had just returned from an out-of-state, eight-day religious observance called the Feast of Tabernacles, celebrated by the United Church of God.

    So the school is “worried” that he’s missing too many days and the solution is to threaten expulsion? And who gets to decide that families are entitled to one and only one excused absence for religious observances?

    4 Responses to “WHO’S IN CHARGE?”

    Comment by
    November 27th, 2004
    at 8:49 pm

    A lady from our homeschooling group told us that back when her kids were in school, she had notified the school that her son was going to be absent one day because she wanted him to see a museum exhibit that was in town for a limited time. The school representative told her angrily that that was not a valid excuse and her son would be considered truant. She took him to the museum anyway.

    Comment by
    December 2nd, 2004
    at 8:18 am

    I was actually expelled from school my senior year of high school for missing too many days. I had mono (no, not from kissing anyone!). I was a straight A, honor roll student. I was a drum major in the marching band. I was taking AP classes.

    But, my school had a policy that no one could miss more than 7 days of class in a semester, and I missed 8. Never mind the fact that my academic performance was still superb, rules is rules. 😛

    I also had a teacher yell at me for missing class my junior year to attend All-State Band try-outs. I was several days ahead of schedule for all my class work at that point. That was a class in which we had spelling words! On at least one occasion, there was a word on my spelling list that my elementary school aged sister had on her spelling list.

    Ahh, the wonders of the institution.

    Comment by
    December 2nd, 2004
    at 11:42 am

    Here’s a good one on truancy. My oldest son was a truant for over a year because I graduated him at 15 yo. It is illegal for a homeschooler to graduate high school before the Compulsory Age of 17 yo in PA (verified by the Chief Legal Consel at the Pa Dept of Ed). He was a National Merit Finalist, with academic scholarships, double majoring in an honors college, but still a truant.

    Comment by
    December 2nd, 2004
    at 12:44 pm

    I still don’t understand how the punishment for missing time is to miss more time.