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Old 01-07-2013, 02:15 PM   #31
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In Texas, you get sent a formal letter to meet with a judge and you will be fined. It brings a criminal record. Another reason i Homeschool...
We homeschool our son as well. We also live in Texas and a judge gave our neighbors the choice of who spent the night in jail. The mom did, (husband made more money) lost her job and now home schools all 3 of their kids.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:33 PM   #32
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We homeschool our son as well. We also live in Texas and a judge gave our neighbors the choice of who spent the night in jail. The mom did, (husband made more money) lost her job and now home schools all 3 of their kids.
Lord that is stupid...your neighbor, not the judge.
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Lord that is stupid...your neighbor, not the judge.
Why is the neighbor stupid?

Better that she lost her job than her husband!
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I totally skipped asking the school and just talked to the teachers instead. Both teachers said that the kids are going to learn way more on the ocean. (since we live no where near one) than they would in class, but they are only missing two days and one of them is Valentines day.

I am afraid to ask the office staff.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:40 PM   #35
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Why is the neighbor stupid?

Better that she lost her job than her husband!
Believe me, they argued about it. She "won", he still has his job, and she has some "interesting" stories.
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In Texas, you get sent a formal letter to meet with a judge and you will be fined. It brings a criminal record. Another reason i Homeschool...

Again... DS has missed at least a week a year for the past 12 years, and we have never received any such hassle from a judge or anyone else. I think it might be different if the child in question had already missed a lot of school, or was failing, or whatever.
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We homeschool our son as well. We also live in Texas and a judge gave our neighbors the choice of who spent the night in jail. The mom did, (husband made more money) lost her job and now home schools all 3 of their kids.
Did they have excessive tarties or something going on? We live in Texas and the major rule is kids (state-wide) is that they have to be present for 90% of the school year. That equals out to about 17 days of absences.
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Did they have excessive tarties or something going on? We live in Texas and the major rule is kids (state-wide) is that they have to be present for 90% of the school year. That equals out to about 17 days of absences.
The school district said that 7 days of unexcused absences was excessive.
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The school district said that 7 days of unexcused absences was excessive.
That's crazy!!!
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I live in Texas and have good students that attend school, but one year I received a letter stating that I could be fined and jailed for excessive absences. Texas is tough. The letters come from the state and not school district.
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In Ohio no problems...

in GA it is crazy!!! The teachers themselves had no problems at all... it is the school district itself.
our kids are allowed 10 days sick every year...
well around the 7th sick day you get a letter stating they are going to turn you into CPS. and every absence after that you get the letter.
I said bring it on. ( our district gets money based on attendance.)
Needless to say CPS never showed up at our house.
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If your child goes to an out of area school. They have to have a 95% attendance rate and can only be late 5 times and they cannot ride the bus. For example ride the bus from school to grandparents house
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No. BUT, I think that they should have 'allowable amount of time' for vacations and things like that. BECAUSE there are families that pull their kids out for vacations several times a year, and that is A LOT of extra work for the teachers!

Now, don't get me wrong. If a child is doing poorly in school, I do NOT believe taking them on vacation is doing them any good. "Hey kid, you're not doing well- so lets reward you by taking you out of class and going on vacation."

I have sisters-in law that are teachers. They've NEVER minded kids in their class missing school for a week or so to go on vacations. In fact, for a lot of kids- they LEARN A LOT while on vacation...AND they learn in different ways than just sitting in a classroom hearing people talk, they gain life experiances.

Where I do have problems is the parents that take their kids on vacation and then they turn around and ACT LIKE IT'S the TEACHERS fault if the kids aren't getting better grades for the time that they are gone! That is unacceptable. If a kid does poorly on his/her assignments over the missed school time, then it's the kids and parents fault. It is NOT the teachers!

One of my SIL's has twins in her classroom- the parents of those twins are HORRIBLE. They'd gone on TWO vacations already before Christmas and missed 8 days one time and 11 days the next time. Both kids are "C" and "B" students. They got a lot of homework sent home to work on and my SIL said if there were any questions, to e-mail her or she would even allow them to visit her durring her regular after school classroom hours to get help with anything from when they were gone.

Both kids turned in most of their homework, a few sheets were missing and some sheets were 1/2 done or done very poorly. She asked them if they could stay after school any night for the next week and she'd help them with the missing sheets AND to finish up the 1/2 done sheets.

One of the kids told her- I'm done with all my home work, grade it as is.
The other said nothing.

She graded the papers as they had handed them in, she gave them each zero's for the papers they didn't hand in. She told them AGAIN that she'd grade the 'Zero's' papers if they handed them in and she'd help them.

About two weeks later, she got a FURIOUS CALL from their mom! This mom YELLED and CUSSED her out for giving her kids Zero's on assignments. My SIL could not get a word in at all and the mom said "You and me will be having a meeting with the principal!" and hung up the phone.

The meeting with the principal had a lot of the same screaming and cussing from the mom- because the teacher said she gave the kids time to work on it, offered her help and told them when she was available (EVERY SINGLE DAY after school for 2 1/2 hours each day)...

That mom still blames my SIL for her kids bad report cards that 1/2 of the year.

AND, my SIL just got another e-mail telling her that her twins would be missing school again for 9 days in March. She sent a nasty letter to the school board saying that her kids should be 'excused from those assignments, because they learn more on vacation than they do in the classroom'...IT DOES NOT WORK LIKE THAT.

My SIL was teacher of the year this year, so we all know that she is a great teacher. Some parents just can't accept the fact that they cannot be dragging their kids out of school SEVERAL times during the year for vacations when the kids did what they did for the first vacations they went on.

It is unacceptable to blame the teacher for poor homework and not turning things in if she offers to help AND the kids/parents refuse to take it.
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Couldn't agree more. When I let my son's teachers know about us being gone, usually a month in advance, I also make it clear that if they have makeup work they would like to give him either before or after his absence then that is very much appreciated, but that in NO way do I expect them to provide that, and that my son is prepared to take the grade hit if need be. He just tries to do extra credit ahead of time and go into the trip with a cushion, if possible.

If a child is hospitalized or recuperating from an injury or whatever, then I would hope that teachers would do everything they could to help the child make up missed work. But going on vacation is my *choice* (sort of -- we couldn't afford to go at peak times) and it soooo not the teacher's job to cater to us like that.
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No. I'm in CA and as long as you apply for Independent study they don't care. My son was 5 when I took him out for a 2 week cruise. Taking him out didn't work out well though for us. It took him a month to reacclimatize to the school environment. He's only in kindergarten but the emotional and behavioral aftermath made taking him out a mistake.
I'm in California too, and I think to be more clear, there are ways in some districts that you can take a child out, but you need to check that out and set it up BEFORE you book the cruise.

The police here once a semester do truancy sweeps, and you have 20 of the usual stereotyped uncaring drug addict parents picked up, and one parent who took their child out of school for a vacation. While the penalty can be 1 year in jail and a $10,000 fine, most first time offenders get a $100 fine and have to do 40 hours of community service.

I know some parents who put their kids in private school to get around that, but now the organizations that accredit private schools say that is no longer acceptable, so they are in the same boat as public school parents.
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