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Is handbook a contract? Judge rules it is not

Student handbook at heart of local case

September 7, 2013

(Editor’s Note: Names have been withheld from the following to protect the identity of a minor studen....

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Sep-09-13 9:08 AM

LOL - Well you made me look up FERPA but you also confirmed my suspicion that your claim had exactly what you accuse the writer of, no specificity or backup to your claims.

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Sep-09-13 6:32 AM

Brazil - nope. No insider info, just the ability to comprehend the written and UNwritten word. When an article begins with a disclaimer about info being withheld, and the article has FERPA issues, the 'withheld' info will be more than identities. That's what is "obvious" to me. My GUESS: the reporter wrote what he observed and perhaps what one side told him.

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Sep-08-13 11:44 PM

vettsdottir - Please enlighten us. Why is it so obvious? If you have some other information then produce it. Otherwise your post is obviously nonsense. Once again it appears that the School District and School Board put students firmly in last place

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Sep-08-13 8:08 PM

I addition, anyone can see that the school policy on this issue is absurd. You didn't allow a student, a potential Valedictorian, make up an assignment from a school-sanctioned, extra-curricular activity which caused her to be absent from school for three days. ? Are you kidding me? Please fire the moron in charge of this decision. Who is the teacher who did this? Please post a name.

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Sep-08-13 8:04 PM

Judge Hammond is a poor excuse for a judge. Big time bully is a small time court. He is the equivalent of a 4 year old trying to choose the best kind of cereal.

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Sep-08-13 1:18 AM

"The student handbook for the Warren County School District... does not constitute a contract." A teacher does have a contract to teach. Said student attempted to get those teachings and was refused ? For this student to be considered for valedictorian, she must have been doing the majority of things right. Nothing but shameful actions of teacher, right through the Warren County School District and beyond.

Oh,so wish I had the money to send this girl through college.

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Sep-07-13 10:26 PM

I feel bad for students in schools these days. The decisions being made by teachers and staff are of a harsh uncaring nature. Schools have become places for people to force their personal views onto others and are not longer places of education. Just look at most of the rules, most based on personal opinions and not on facts.

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Sep-07-13 2:06 PM

The article is OBVIOUSLY not the entire story. With respect to all involved, the article is a disservice.

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Sep-07-13 12:42 PM

The rule of law isn't the issue here. The issue is, once again, a School Board, and apparently, Senior Administration that has little interest in leading and taking responsibility. Unless there is a whole lot of story missing one has to ask, where's the principal? where's the Central Office leadership? where's the Superintendent?. I'd ask where the Board is but there's been a permanent vacancy sign up there when it comes to leadership for the past few years. Witness the Hufnagel situation. Please don't tell me no one wanted to take the teacher to task and make this situation right. Leaders are paid to lead and are expected to lead it looks here like they have abandoned a student and didn't we once hear from the Board President say that it was "all about the kids".

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Sep-07-13 11:08 AM

Any teacher that would not let a good student who misses school because of a school-related activity is a complete jerk!! To affect someone's future like that is ludicrous. If she was blowing off school that would be one thing, but because it was a school sanctioned activity she deserves to make that work up. They couldn't disclose her name because she's minor, well the teacher isn't and I for one would like to know which teacher acted in this manner? I hope they can appeal.

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Sep-07-13 10:35 AM

I agree. If she was going to be Valedictorian, than obviously she's put 100% into her schooling efforts and shouldn't be penalized by missing 3 days. Give the girl a break

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