John Smith 
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Re: “Vargas wants area colleges to take over Rochester city schools

Cool idea of getting some free manpower on each low performing kid. Personal tutors etc. However, it still may not be appropriate for school discipline. For political reasons punishments are frequently too late for some kids and too hard on others (toy guns etc). Colleges are just as guilty as lower public schools in trying to appropriate legal powers they do not actually have. If the consequences are serious they should NOT try handling it internally.

Schools must comply with "due process" under the Constitution. Children are entitled to family court trials for every incident -- if its worthwhile and the school administration is playing reelection politics.

Parents must agree to out of court adminstrative alternatives in lieu of trial (family court) --- for each incident. The situtation is very similar to the military. You have to decide if the legal results of court procedings could be worse than "out of court" administrative punishments.

Schools and the PTA have no legal legislative powers -- except as each set of parents decide to agree. Even expulsion (refusal to perform public service) is legally limited. However if schools do not rescind illegal expulsions after trial its probably best to sue the school district and specific administrators and take the money elsewhere. If illegal actions are being pressed by parent activists after family court trial I would even consider including them in lawsuit as individuals for conspiracy to violate your rights.

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Posted by John Smith on 11/19/2013 at 8:13 AM

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