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    Re: 13 Year Old Piano Prodigy Treated As Truant By Public School System

    Quote Originally Posted by Kushinator View Post
    The school was offered discretion, and made an inferior decision, most likely on the basis of funding. Whether or not it was a school function/sponsored activity is irrelevant. School is about preparing youth for the future, and not following arbitrary guidelines.

    Is that what you think? That's nice.

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    Re: 13 Year Old Piano Prodigy Treated As Truant By Public School System

    Its the parents fault for not properly arranging for the students absence ahead of time.

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    Re: 13 Year Old Piano Prodigy Treated As Truant By Public School System

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    You are the one assuming here, by saying something you don't like and disagree with is wrong. That is your opinion. Regardless if it is shared by others.

    And you are accepting the reporters version of events as told by the parent. You can do that if you like, but there exists another side.
    And the school was not in the wrong for following their policy. Nor does it need to be fixed.
    They admitted their policy was wrong and that it didn't even represent reality in what they put out. I already posted that link. They only failed to admit that it is because of their end having problems with communications, and it seems like a system that does not work as they want it to, one where excused absences are counted as unexcused absences in their computer system. This is an issue because it causes problems like this one.
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    Re: 13 Year Old Piano Prodigy Treated As Truant By Public School System

    Quote Originally Posted by FreedomFromAll View Post
    Its the parents fault for not properly arranging for the students absence ahead of time.
    They did. Go back and check out what has been said. They arranged this well in advance, including providing the school with a complete study schedule for the girl before she left. The main issue was an inept computer system and miscommunications.
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    Re: 13 Year Old Piano Prodigy Treated As Truant By Public School System

    ??

    They should have chosen to home school her to begin with - all that traveling and stuff? When does she have TIME for school? To be honest: it seems like public school would hold her back, education wise. If she's gone a lot and still making Straight A's the kid's just freaking smart.

    But that doesn't mean this would have gone the way of 'Truancy' - this is a matter of employment (I think) or something of that nature. Not the same thing. I think the courts will toss this out and at least expunge her record.
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    Re: 13 Year Old Piano Prodigy Treated As Truant By Public School System

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    They admitted their policy was wrong and that it didn't even represent reality in what they put out.
    No they didn't. All they did was reverse their decision.
    So again.
    Just because DCPS determined they were excusable doesn't make the absences right, or what the school did wrong, just excusable.
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    Re: 13 Year Old Piano Prodigy Treated As Truant By Public School System

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    They did. Go back and check out what has been said. They arranged this well in advance, including providing the school with a complete study schedule for the girl before she left. The main issue was an inept computer system and miscommunications.
    It does not say it was before the fact.
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    Re: 13 Year Old Piano Prodigy Treated As Truant By Public School System

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    No they didn't. All they did was reverse their decision.
    So again.
    Just because DCPS determined they were excusable doesn't make the absences right, or what the school did wrong, just excusable.
    Not according to what they have been putting out and even what the parents were saying, in that they were telling them that they could disregard the notes of truancy, but never said that the absences are excused. The Chancellor/principal of the school even said that it was a miscommunication about whether they were excused absences or unexcused. It certainly seems that the school had no issue with the girl actually going away for the two weeks. The problem seems to be that the school has an outdated or screwed up system for their absence marking and instead of changing the system or figuring out how to stop the letters/calls, just told parents to "ignore them", despite this causing parents to worry about what was really going on. Otherwise, the school is lying.
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    Re: 13 Year Old Piano Prodigy Treated As Truant By Public School System

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    It does not say it was before the fact.
    You're wrong.

    Statement from Chancellor Henderson Regarding Inaccuracies in Petula Dvorak Washington Post Column - DC Public Schools, Washington, DC

    We recognize that Avery’s circumstances are unique, and we’ve worked closely with her family to support this specific situation. Last year, for example, DCPS ensured that Avery was able to take high school level math courses to meet her academic needs. School staff was aware that Avery’s travel schedule would result in an accrual of absences, and worked to ensure completion of key school assignments during her travels. We are very proud of Avery’s accomplishments throughout her entire educational career as a DC public school student, and we are hopeful that her parents will enroll her back at her back at Deal Middle School soon.
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    Re: 13 Year Old Piano Prodigy Treated As Truant By Public School System

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Where did you hear that the school is underfunded?
    School funding is allocated on the basis of "average daily attendance", i.e. the funds are disbursed in proportion to attendance. This is a major concern for DCPS.
    It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
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