South Hadley fails again

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Questions about the task force and policy:

1. why did SH feel they needed to reinvent the wheel? Why couldn’t they just research policies in place elsewhere and tailor them to SH? Didn’t Barbara Colorosso have a
template thy could use for all of the thousands they spent bringing her here (and why didn’t they implement the policies she recommended?)

2. Some of the things I heard about the committee make me sick. Between the heavy handed ‘my way or the highway’ administration attitude, the teacher who said the girls were “rightly” upset with Phoebe (in other words, she DESERVED this), that wingnut-who-shall-not-be-named that used to blather on Masslive…What do expect
from a group with those dynamics? if a camel is a horse built by a committee, this is a jackass.

3. Gus Sayer’s insistence of the word exclusion to make parents of special needs
happy is just as much of a joke as the recently passed anti bullying law, by
mandating something that is unenforceable on the part of school
personnel. While I think the idea of a student inviting all the kids but one to
a birthday party is reprehensible, I don’t think the school can tell
someone who can come into their house.

This is the exact wording:
“Bullying is also prohibited at a location, activity, function or program that is not school related or through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased or used by the district, if the act or acts in question create a hostile environment at school for the victim, infringe on the rights of the victim at school, or materially and substantially
disrupt the education process or the orderly operation of a school.”

I can see how the school could prohibit, say giving party invitations at
school to all but one kid in the class, but it goes farther than that. So far
that it could be challenged in court, I’m pretty sure our friend Will Newman
of the ACLU might have something to say about that!

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