Nanny State: Parents Charged For Bringing Kids To School Late...

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    Judge sets trial date in Loudoun school-tardiness case.


    Amy and Mark Denicore are headed to a full-blown trial to defend themselves against charges that they violated Virginia law by making their kids late to elementary school too often.

    The Loudoun County couple was arraigned Monday morning in juvenile and domestic relations court. Judge Pamela L. Brooks set a trial date of March 14.

    The Denicores are each charged with three Class 3 misdemeanors, each of which carries a maximum fine of $500. Their three children, ages 6, 7 and 9, have been late to school almost 30 times since September. Most of their tardies were three minutes or less.

    Their case has sparked debate about whether the school system is overreacting to a minor offense or rightly clamping down on a habit that’s disruptive to teachers and other students.

    The Denicores — both of whom are trained as lawyers — argue that whatever one’s opinion of their parenting, the county has no legal authority to convict them of a crime.

    They are charged under the state’s compulsory education law, §22.1-254, which says parents have to send their kids to school “for the same number of days and hours per day” as school is in session.

    Another statute, §22.1-258, clearly spells out how school systems must proceed in the case of chronic absences when there is “no indication that the pupil’s parent is aware of and supports the pupil’s absence.” Neither statute specifically addresses tardiness.

    The Denicores said they will move on March 14 to have their case dismissed. If it proceeds, they plan to subpoena a handful of witnesses to testify, including their kids’ teachers and principal.

    In court Monday, Brooks told the couple that similar trials are generally scheduled for 12-15minutes, but there is no time limit for arguments.

    Judge sets trial date in Loudoun school-tardiness case - Virginia Schools Insider - The Washington Post
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    If they cannot get their kids to a PUBLIC school on time, they should make arrangements with a PRIVATE school or else homeschool. They are stealing educational time from other students when they come in late, disrupting what is already a class engaged.
     
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    You would say that. You're such a good little Nazi.
     
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    The parents do not care enough about their childrens' education to prepare them for it. It's disruptive to the teachers and other students who are prepared. But rather than fine them, the school should tell them that if they arrive late, they'll have to accept an absence and take the child home rather than allow them to continue being disruptive.
     
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    That would be sort of funny...

    Chronic tardiness is ground for suspension from school, and ultimately child welfare involvement. One wonders why that isn't taking place?
     
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    Yeah, why not just let kids turn up when they like. In a class of 25-30, why not stagger it so each kid arrives at three minute intervals after the bell..

    Your solution is?
     
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    What is Nazi-like about telling someone who cannot get their kids to a public (free) school on time to find other arrangements more to their liking?

    Explain the Nazi-like aspect of that.
     
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    And give them an expresso and free puppy before sending them home.


    Oops! Too Nazi-like?
     
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    Yes we know, you're a Big Government Socialist/Progressive kook. HEIL OBAMA!
     
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    I just re-read this post of yours twice. Still not seeing your explaination at to the nazi-like aspect of my post. Try again.
     

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