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Elections: BOE Candidates Talk Absentee Policy

The candidates for board of education answer questions about issues facing the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District.

With the board of education elections coming on Nov. 6, we thought it would be a good time to hear directly from the candidates themselves about the issues that matter to residents.

On six different days this week, we will feature video responses from seven candidates on questions concerning the budget, curriculum and communication.

The candidates are incumbents Patrick Breslin, Cindy Cullen and Daniel Petrozelli, and Jacqueline Barlow, Aaron Kurdyla, Taha Marhaba and Hany Mostafa.

For this fifth question, we asked the candidates to talk about the new change in the absentee policy.

Click here to hear what the candidates had to say about contract negotiations.

Mike October 19, 2012 at 08:45 PM
@EL: Thanks for the clarification. I was unaware of that.
Mike October 19, 2012 at 08:55 PM
The primary standard IS performance: those who choose not to try will fail (those who think teachers will enter a failing grade for a student who busts his/her arse are kidding themselves). There is, however, an attendance standard as well. I like Hillside_Parent's idea that as long as the kids is learnin' teachers should be able to show up when they like. Ok, false equivalence, but it makes a point. Perhaps Mr Lerner can enlighten us as to how much latitude the District has in setting policy under state law? My proposal (for HS): Juniors get 2 days max for documented college visits Seniors get 2 days max for documented college visits Death in immediate family is up to 5 days; extended family = 1 day Appeal for extenuating/unusual circumstances (I believe this is already in place) NO excused absences for family trips, tanning runs to the Caribbean, etc. All students get 1/2 day for driver's test All students already get 16 UNCONTESTED "free" days off out of 180. That's 8.9%. That's almost 1/2 day per week. Let's all try taking a 1/2 day every week at work. Last one still employed wins! And this doesn't even BEGIN to mention chronic tardiness...
Mike October 19, 2012 at 08:57 PM
BTW, a few years ago, what required a doctor's note was changed to require a parent note instead.
Mike October 19, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Petrozelli seems to get it. Is it a coincidence this is a bigger problem with older (HS) kids? I think not. School is 39 weeks or so (just like human gestation). Lots of time to take care of most things (family trips, hangovers, etc.).
Evan Lerner October 19, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Mike, I don't know the state law on the subject. And I am in agreement with you that missing 16 days is significant. I also believe that attending school is indeed important to a student's education. PS - If we happen to be at the same place in the future, I'd appreciate you saying hi.


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