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

    Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer. The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 musicians selected from across the globe to play at a prestigious event in Munich last year and has won competitions and headlined with orchestras nationwide. But to the D.C. public school system, the eighth-grader from Mount Pleasant is also a truant. Yes, you read that right. Avery’s amazing talent and straight-A grades at Alice Deal Middle School earned her no slack from school officials, despite her parents’ begging and pleading for an exception. “As I shared during our phone conversation this morning, DCPS is unable to excuse Avery’s absences due to her piano travels, performances, rehearsals, etc.,” Jemea Goso, attendance specialist with the school system’s Office of Youth Engagement, wrote in an e-mail to Avery’s parents, Drew Gagliano and Ying Lam, last year before she left to perform in Munich.

    Although administrators at Deal were supportive of Avery’s budding career and her new role as an ambassador for an international music foundation, the question of whether her absences violated the District’s truancy rules and law had to be kicked up to the main office. And despite requests, no one from the school system wanted to go on the record explaining its refusal to consider her performance-related absences as excused instead of unexcused. Avery’s parents say they did everything they could to persuade the school system. They created a portfolio of her musical achievements and academic record and drafted an independent study plan for the days she’d miss while touring the world as one of the star pianists selected by a prestigious Lang Lang Music Foundation, run by Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who handpicked Avery to be an international music ambassador. But the school officials wouldn’t budge, even though the truancy law gives them the option to decide what an unexcused absence is. The law states that an excused absence can be “an emergency or other circumstances approved by an educational institution.” Too bad, so sad. After 10 unexcused absences, it doesn’t matter whether a child was playing hooky to hang at the mall or charming audiences in Hong Kong with her mastery of Mozart. D.C. bureaucrats will label the kid a truant, will mar her transcript with that assessment and will assign a truancy officer to the case.
    In D.C., a 13-year-old piano prodigy is treated as a truant instead of a star student - The Washington Post

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

    Zero Tolerance run amok. It's amazing how stupid humans acting together can be in governing.

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    If she is keeping up with her schoolwork they should be counted as excused absenses, it's a world of difference from playing hooky and going to the mall, and this is yet another instance of school officials being fools. Just my thoughts.


    "But the school officials wouldn’t budge, even though the truancy law gives them the option to decide what an unexcused absence is"
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    You have to be at least an idiot to equate "going to school" with "getting an education".

    That kid should skip the stupidity offered by that public school and apply for a grant at Julliard. He has already found his talent and his purpose in life and good on him.

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    Home schooling. Stop suffering the fools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmotivator View Post
    Home schooling. Stop suffering the fools.
    My first thought as well. Child actors have to deal with this and apparently have special schools and tutors that can cater to their schedules.

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    Sad. No educational policy should be so rigid that it stifles the talent and achievement of its students. This decision gives truancy a meaning that is counterproductive to say the least.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    If she is keeping up with her schoolwork they should be counted as excused absenses, it's a world of difference from playing hooky and going to the mall, and this is yet another instance of school officials being fools. Just my thoughts.


    "But the school officials wouldn’t budge, even though the truancy law gives them the option to decide what an unexcused absence is"
    Are we to assume that absences are initially considered excused or unexcused? Perhaps the default is unexcused thus the record shows them as such unless and until their status is changed.
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    Re: 13 Year Old Piano Prodigy Treated As Truant By Public School System

    Cool. Now, with that being said, zero tolerance = zero intelligence.
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