Sunday, June 7, 2009

No Free Education in Sun Prairie????

The more we thought about that proposed definition of "residency", the more we felt that enough had not been said.

residency - defined in Policy JEC, School Admissions, as the physical location (address) at which a child is an inhabitant for at least 50% of the time, provided the child is not an inhabitant at the address solely for the purpose of participating in free education from the District or to alter his/her attendance boundary in the District.
source: Planning for New School Boundaries: Proposed Definition of Terms

We think we understand what the district is attempting to say...but does the district understand the way this can be interpreted? It can be argued that this "definition" suggests that someone cannot be an inhabitant of an address solely to obtain a free education from the District.

Hold on there! A document on the DPI website, entitled"Offering Educational Opportunities to Expelled Students in Wisconsin " clearly states:

Free public education is an individual’s right and the state’s responsibility. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is translated into more than 300 languages and dialects. Article 26 includes:

Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory.”

In 1954, a Supreme Court landmark decision established the opportunity to attend schooling on equal terms as a basic right. Chief Justice Warren provided the rationale for the decision, “In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if…denied the opportunity of an education.

This is what happens when you try to apply too many bandages to cover a gaping wound....icky stuff seeps through. Wethinks that a re-think is in order.