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    Filed at 5:50 am under by dcobranchi

    I received an email from the mother of this chess prodigy asking for a little publicity regarding her fight with her LEA. It seems that being the best under-7 chess player in the country doesn’t count as receiving an education. The LEA is threatening to arrest the parents and to force the kid into a g-school.

    I hope that Education Otherwise will set the edu-crats straight.

    UPDATE: If you’re particularly inspired to contact the case officer directly, he can be reached at

    Mr. Jim McGilvery
    Ass. Principal Education Welfare Officer
    New Forest Local Education Office
    Winsor Road Bartley
    Southampton
    England
    United Kingdom

    Phone number is 023 80881 2113

    I especially like that “Ass.” part. The other potential contact person is

    Mr. Jack Cawthra
    Hampshire County Council
    Education Department
    The Castle
    Winchester
    Hampshire
    S023 8UG
    England
    United Kingdom

    Phone number 01962 846537

    5 Responses to “FAILURE OF DUTY REGARDING EDUCATION OF CHILD”


    Comment by
    Chris
    December 23rd, 2004
    at 8:20 am

    I got that too. Somehow, I doubt Mr. Cawthra is going to care much about what a couple of yanks this of this. I did forwad it to Michael Peach though.


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