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  •  Why does your child need a cell phone (4+ / 0-)
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    during school?

    I wouldn't want my own child to be without cellphone access during the day

    If an emergency you could easily call the school and they should be able to handle the situation properly. Having a child get an emergency call without supervision might not be wise.

    In my niece's (jr-hi principal) school system they have a ZERO Tolerance policy for cell phones just like guns, knives, lighters, harrassment, etc. No cellphone use during school hours. Phone is taken away by resources officer and parents have to come in to pick up the phone. I believe 3 times and you're expelled. Her only one so far and that a 6th grade girl??? All students and parents get copies of the school rules. She says that at the end of the school year they will have 50+ phones that are never picked up and they are donated to charity.

    Funny, before it was boys showing underwear with low slung jeans. That's corrected but now girl's skirts so short that they show their underwear. It's like they advertise for sex and this is 6-8 grades??? Students know more about sex than she did in college??? Affluent area with $250-$1,000,000+ homes.

    Amazing the Time I waste Here!

    by raster44 on Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 01:16:51 PM PDT

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    •  When I call my daughter's high school, throughout (3+ / 0-)
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      most of the day, there is an answering machine on the office's phone, and I've never had a single message answered.  No lie.  I'm even calling from an inside-line from another school building that I work in.  Parents have complained, nothing changes.  If a child is an unsafe school, parents are grateful for cell phones.  Gangs have territory inside our high school.  This is the reality of our high school, and that is why cell phones are essential .  For schools that are in this kind of decline there is a reason for the cell phones.

      •  Dreadful, just dreadful. I'll be honest, if my (2+ / 0-)
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        son was in a school where gangs had territories, I'd probably want him to txt "ok" on the hour.  It makes me so MAD that we can have children in this country in schools that are dangerous. I wouldn't be able to learn in an environment where I was scared.  How in the world can we be expecting children to do so?


        "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him. Mark 12:17

        by bkamr on Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 02:08:35 PM PDT

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      •  Same w/ our district (1+ / 0-)
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        If you do get someone, they pass you around then tell you that unless its an emergency or unless you sent in a note two weeks in advance, they can't help you.

        This district is considered one of the wealthiest in the region. They're just jerks, period.

        State budget cuts are causing them to lay people off.  Am I laughing? You betcha.

        Private health insurers always manage to stay one step ahead of the sheriff - Sen. Sherrod Brown

        by Betty Pinson on Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 04:10:14 PM PDT

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        •  Corruption works just as well in rich districts (0+ / 0-)

          as poor ones I suppose.  I'll bet there's a healthy does of nepotism amongst the hirees too.  Most of the administrators are related in my district.

        •  From your description, it certainly sounds (0+ / 0-)

          dysfunctional.  How do you select your school board?  I assume they are elected?  It seems like parents ought to be able to get the board changed.  What is the PTSO like?  I've found that wealthier districts tend to be pretty parent driven, so this whole thing not only sounds infuriating but also too looney for words.

          "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him. Mark 12:17

          by bkamr on Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 04:49:26 PM PDT

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