Tuesday, June 07, 2005

But it's all about the children, right?

The Franklin School Board strikes again.

In their infinite wisdom, they have decided to exclude a group of kids from the annual Class Day Parade, an annual tradition where Franklin's public school students parade through the center of town.

What foul act of malfeasance did these young hooligans committ? Were they truants? Had they tagged the school grounds with grafitti? Pour sugar into the gym teacher's gas tank? Display pictures of the principal in a compromising position with livestock?

No. Far worse.

They attend Franklin Career Academy, the beleagured public charter school.

So there you have it. The local school board punishing students from a PUBLIC school in order to make a political statement. The next time an opponent of public charter schools tries to cast me as some sort of ogre who hates children, this story will be sure to come up...