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In California, Lucia Mar Unified School District Superintendent Raynee Daley has apologized to Jared Springer, a senior who was barred from attending his prom because he had missed too many days of school. Springer, who is battling a brain tumor, missed so many days because he was in the hospital after falling and breaking his hip.

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  1. Hardly consider that to be an excuse.

    1. The Principle followed policy guidance, so there was no improper action here.

    2. If the parents cared about their child’s education they would have made the necessary accommodations to get him to school and move him between classes. This is entirely upon them.

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  3. Only 1 degree of Kevin Bacon.

    1. mmmmm, bacon

      1. Too much of that and you’ll flatline.

        1. I really don’t eat much bacon.My favorite is salt cured ham.Can’t eat a lot of it but,it’s tasty.

          1. Have some moar bacon.

        2. that a Keifer Sutherland innuendo?

  4. “There are policies in place that guide when students can take part in extracurricular activities,” she said. “We cannot let students participate in the absence of a medical release, and when we did not get a release in time, we were forced to make a decision that turned out to be very unfortunate in order to protect the safety of our students and staff.

    THAT BRAIN TUMOR COULD BE CONTAGIOUS.

    1. Publik Skoolz Epidemiology FTW!

    2. They were probably worried the doctors may have nibbled the brain tumor down to the size of a Pop-Tart.

    3. Double-plus good for the invocation of student safety.

      This is the magic word in schools. If you can successfully invoke “safety” you can win any argument. Usually it is the bureaucrats who win with their knowledge of the secret magic words. But I was given the heads-up about this word from someone on the inside…..

      ….so when I went to meet with the administration, I quietly worked “safety” into the conversation. And with no further ado, I won the day.

      My neighbor who went in for the same discussion didn’t try those magic words. She went with copies of rules and shrill demands. She was pretty confident that she would cow them into submission. She was wrong. You don’t successfully bully the bullies very often. Because they have very little reason to move out of the well-worn path. If you need them to deviate, you need to give them motivation. Magic words can do that. (well that, and don’t piss them off)

      1. “I accept responsibility” seems to be pretty effin’ magic, too.

        1. Invocation of “safety” avoids any pesky consequences however.

  5. “I can assure you that we have learned some things together,” she said. “We have learned about communicating, about advocating for our kids, and we do not want this to happen to another student.”

    Well, advocating for the sympathetic kids whose plight we partially caused could earn us ignominy. Otherwise it’s back to mindlessly advocating for the rulebook.

    1. I are a public schoolz administrator…what is this ignominy thing you speak of?

  6. COMMON SENSE WAS APPLIED!

  7. It seems administrators made this decision. I may be wrong but I’ve noticed a development in not just education but banking as well where important decisions are made in the ‘back office’ by people who don’t face the public.

    For example, it used to be a banker would make a decision to give you a loan or LOC based on certain metrics including considering the relationship with the client where character came into play. Today it’s not like that. Now they’re just a face. They take your info and send it off to a team of credit ratio people and wait for a response. If your profile doesn’t fit their neat little box you’re out and there’s little you and often the banker can do about it. They have way too much power; and might I add cocky since they don’t have to explain themselves to the public.

    It’s the same with admin. They’re no different than faceless bureaucrats. In this case, it was awful what happened. An utter lack of humanity.

    And THIS is the world that which Sanders, Obama and so on want and is, I think, the main reason (for me anyway) why I rant against them. They’re demands and positions mean more of this crap.

    Wait until bureaucrats have full control of your health.

    Okay. I went off track a little.

    1. It seems perfectly on track to me

    2. Too late on both the banks and the hospitals becoming government agencies – they already are. So are the insurance companies. When the government makes all the rules or writes all the checks, you’re a government enterprise. When you as a customer run into stupid rules rigidly enforced – there’s a good chance there’s a government mandate somewhere behind it.

      But it reminds me of the Home Depot guy telling me about having to pee into a cup – for insurance purposes. Bullshit. Home Depot doesn’t have the clout to tell the insurance company to take a hike or they’ll find another insurance company? The insurance companies don’t have the data to show drug-testing is largely an expensive waste of time? Most liability issues are a matter of stupidity, not drug use, and the insurance companies don’t make you think into a cup. You’d do better testing employees for common sense than for drugs – drug testing costs millions of dollars to filter out idiots and on the off chance it may save you a few bucks in a lawsuit somewhere down the road. If the Home Depot guy drops a pallet of lumber on somebody’s head, Home Depot’s paying out a big settlement regardless of whether or not the forklift driver had a buzz on and if you’d checked the guy for smarts rather than drug use it wouldn’t have mattered if he did have a buzz on. Despite what seems intuitive, drug users are really not any more likely than any other idiot to be a danger to himself or to others.

      1. Somewhat ironically, the government policies that result in shitty outcomes are then used as a justification by useful morons as the reason why the system isn’t working well enough and therefore it needs more government policies.

        This recursive logic has been doing it’s magic for quite some time. Too bad they applied it to industries where the results are death, but then again those people that put this style of regulation in place tend to believe there are too many of us so perhaps foreseen consequences are not unintended consequences.

  8. “I can assure you that we have learned some things together,” she said. “We have learned about communicating, about advocating for our kids, and we do not want this to happen to another student.”

    “We” have learned. About communicating, advocating, making sure it never happens again.

    Translation: We communicated to the fat cow it wasn’t our fault she was too stupid to know the rules about turning in her son’s paperwork, like we’re supposed to care, but she bitched and raised a stink with the advocacy press and made us look like the bad guys so she got her way. You can be damn sure the next student with some lame-ass “my brain tumor ate my homework” excuse ain’t getting away with this shit, we’ve made an even rulier rule against that. Plus we bought our school resource officers bigger tasers. Everybody’s learned a lesson here. But only one of us gets a paycheck for it, so hahaha, joke’s on you.

    1. You speak bureauspeak? Who knew?

      1. It’s not that hard a language to learn.

        1. “I can assure you that we have learned some things together,” she said. “We have learned about communicating, about advocating for our kids, and we do not want this to happen to another student.”

          Not enough passive voice and emphasis.

          “Assurance is offered that things were learned about communicating and advocating. This should not, must not, and will not happen to another student.”

          1. “Will not” carries too much accountability. It sounds like a promice.

            “We do not want” is non-binding.

            1. Nice catch, modulo the active voice. Perhaps “It is unacceptable that ….”

        2. step 1: perform cranial-rectal inversion…

  9. “There are policies in place that guide when students can take part in extracurricular activities,” she said. “We cannot let students participate in the absence of a medical release, and when we did not get a release in time, we were forced to make a decision that turned out to be very unfortunate in order to protect the safety of our students and staff.

    The schools policies – and the schools themselves – are there for the benefit of a few adults. Not the students.

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