Back in January I said I didn’t know what to make of this situation, and that hasn’t improved since then.
The student was expelled from eighth grade in fall 2005 for 12 months and was allowed to return to the same grade at the start of this school year on probationary status.
Now, lawyers and judges are involved.
Judge: Superintendent stays in lawsuit, 20 June 2007, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The case stems from a School Board decision in late October 2005 to expel an eighth-grader for a year over a drug-related accusation. The childâ€™s parents in turn sued the School Board in state court. The parentsâ€™ federal lawsuit filed in October 2006 alleges the school system wouldnâ€™t provide their daughter with alternative schooling and refused to recognize her home-schooling achievements as sufficient for advancement.
The school system doesnâ€™t have an alternative school but annually gets a waiver from the state Department of Education for an alternative program.
School district officials said, however, the girl would not be eligible to attend the alternative program.
The federal lawsuit was filed near the end of the state court lawsuit, which the girl and her parents lost in April on the last of multiple appeals.
After several higher court orders in the state lawsuit, system officials reviewed her work and a lower-court judge ruled in October that the girl should repeat eighth grade this past year.
posted by Valerie