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Miss by a minute, miss a day at Palm Beach school

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October

If you think Pasco County's high school tardy tables are onerous, what do you have to say about the new rule at Pahokee Middle/Senior in Palm Beach County?

Beginning last week, Pahokee's principal began suspending students for a day if they arrived late to class, the Palm Beach Post reports.

As in Pasco, Pahokee's goal is to "ensure that all students are arriving to class on time and to increase the instructional time in each class." (The principal also wants to make an A, natch.)

But parents at Pahokee wonder how this new policy achieves that goal. After all, one told the Post, it seems to give kids who don't want to be in school an easy way out.

"If you tell me my kid has to stay after school for a whole month, I understand. If you tell him he has to go to school on Saturday, I understand that," Emilio Perez said. "But if you suspend him, you're contradicting what you're trying to do."

You think?

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:38am]

    

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