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Balladeer
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75 posted 05-28-2005 11:02 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Sunshine, my thoughts have nothing to do with your comments because I agree with everything you said and understand what you mean about the drain on a system trying to keep its head above water. As you had pointed out before I did, it seemed that more information than that article was necessary and I agreed. With this new info it apears that the young lady does not fall into the category of student you were referring to, hence my reassessment of thoughts.
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Add to that the fact that most schools or school boards send notification letters to parents of very select students.  In other words, they rarely single out a student for enrollment notification unless certain explicit circumstances are first met.  Generally, all parents of students will get the same letter.  In my own reading of articles, her parents were singled out as the cousellors urged them to bring their daughter in to register before the deadline, even if she was only there for one day, just so she would qualify for academic standings and awards.  She chose to put her own health first.  And though I applaud her for that, a choice was made, and every action has a consequence, be it good, bad or neutral.
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By "interesting," I referred to the article Mike quoted and his own statement that it might change his mind. BTW, I do agree with most of your comments about the difficulty the schools have keeping up with laws and special requirements. It is almost as if the whole of politics, laws and the judiciary has run amok.

Come on Ali, lighten up a bit. How many times are we going to hear "actions have consequences?" Yeah, it's fine if they wanted her there just for that one day. That's a pretty petty excuse though. I can't speak specifically about this program but most of the "intervention" programs will not allow a "leave of absence. If you leave then you are out. Again, we can't know for sure but this may well have been her last chance. One more failure may well have sealed her doom.

Ok, with that, I am through agruing. Nothing we say here will affect the outcome anyway. This has become just another political argument where all minds are already made up and none are likely to change. With the possible exception of my friend Mike.


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Thank you, gentlemen.

Over the past 10 years I have seen, first hand, the various groups come in and change the system which, Pete, as you suggest, is most certainly running amok.

And while a more gregarious person in my seat would say "hell, it's maintaining a job source..."

I would rather be without this type of work when I see that the detriment is "our future". It becomes the ultimate in a rat's race, and the feedings indeed become frenzied.

Maybe I need to retire.

Oh wait, I can't.

 
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