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Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

While I get the point, it's not worth the trouble. I've enjoyed the banter over the years. Goodbye to all.

Just remember, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!" - Ferris Bueller

October 9, 2013 at 12:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City commissioner wants review of city's storm shelter policies in wake of Oklahoma tornado

My question has always been how can the local school district decide to build the newest school at South surrounded by glass with no storm shelter or basement? I have never understood that decision, and I hope that those kids never get hit by a tornado. Did anything ever end up getting built for their protection at that school?

May 23, 2013 at 1:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Truancy policies can catch parents by surprise

Duh? You are a great role model to your kids (that is sarcasm). There's nothing worst than nosy neighbors.

'Nuf said. Moving on now.

May 3, 2013 at 12:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Truancy policies can catch parents by surprise

Oops. *Hotshot.
On another note, you have continually mentioned that there's "much, much more" to this story. If we believe your statement that you're only a parent, then you've been given confidential information about another parent's child, which is of course unethical and possibly against the law. If you're more of an insider at the school than you care to admit (principal, staff, PTA, custodian, or whatever else), then you're not simply a parent and have chosen to fib a bit on this board. Either way, most people can deduce that there's something fishy about what you say.

May 3, 2013 at 9:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Truancy policies can catch parents by surprise

Hotsot? Nice. If you've read any of my comments you would notice that the teachers were never mentioned. What you'd notice is that my children and I have not had good experiences at this school partially due to a lack of communication from the Principal and her staff. Sure, there are two sides to every story. However this school has not created a good reputation amongst several parents because of their communication issues. This district needs to do their job. Otherwise, why have leaders?

May 3, 2013 at 8:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Truancy policies can catch parents by surprise

likeitis: Apparently your parents never taught you manners. Anyone looking at your flurry of quick comments can see that you have a dog in this fight. Anyone arguing that a school district should not provide leadership and consistency has at least one screw loose. I don't get why any parent (especially a parent of 3) would argue against that, but I'm sure that you are an unbiased source.

May 2, 2013 at 9:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Truancy policies can catch parents by surprise

likeitis says:

"Yes, you are correct. There is a LOT MORE...but the parent in this case is reluctant to share the rest of the story." May 2, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.

"Yes, there is a LOT MORE to the story..." May 2, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.

"Much MUCH more..." May 2, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.

"Looking forward to the arrival of the "60 Minutes" crew next week!" May 2, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.

"Really? 5 times?" May 2, 2013 at 3:58 p.m.

"LOL! May 2, 2013 at 3:59 p.m.

"A few?" May 2, 2013 at 4:01 p.m.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks. I smell some smoke!

May 2, 2013 at 4:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Truancy policies can catch parents by surprise

tomatogrower: Although you may have some valid points, they're lost when you start talking about "girls dressed like hookers". Please remember, we are talking about a Kindergartener here, so we should keep this in perspective.

We are talking about a school district that gives each school and its Principal the right to each have their own rules about absences, whether they're excused or not. As the article says, Deerfield's handbook states "...all absences are unexcused except those for illness of the student, death in the immediate family, and exceptionally urgent reasons that affect the student."

Quail Run's states "sickness of a student, severe affliction in the family, exposure to infectious or contagious diseases, observances of religious holidays or extremely inclement weather are examples of legitimate excuses for nonattendance or tardiness. Examples of unexcused absences include trips or vacations."

And apparently Langston Hughes' "offers no specific examples of an excused absence, but advises parents that, "children who have had fevers should be fever-free for 24 hours before they return."

This problem is about leadership from the top down. The Superintendent needs to create one district-wide policy for all students, and not leave something like reporting a 5-6 year old to Child & Family Services up to each Principal unless it's a real case of neglect or abuse.

"True" truancy absolutely needs to be monitored and addressed, because it can be a sign of problems for the child at home. But as you can see from several other posters on here, a lot of parents have experienced a real lack of communication (to say the least) with this "Principal" and some of her staff, and where there's smoke there's usually fire. It should be investigated.

May 1, 2013 at 4:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Truancy policies can catch parents by surprise

From personal experience, this "Principal" and her office staff are an absolute nightmare.

April 30, 2013 at 1:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Exonerated death row survivor fights capital punishment in Kansas

I think that the focus is in the wrong place. How about putting more focus on fixing the problem as to why innocent people get convicted in the first place. It's not just death row inmates that are affected by this issue. That's the real problem, and getting rid of the death penalty won't contribute anything towards fixing the source of the problems. However, I could see a temporary moratorium on executions until those core problems are solved.

April 16, 2013 at 9:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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