Sunday, February 1, 2004

Measure would permit 10-day student leaves

The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require principals to excuse students for up to 10 days for education-related absences.

"I think it's an arrogant attitude we take if we don't let children learn outside the school," said Sen. Julie Denton, R-Middletown. "We've got to give people some flexibility."

The bill was introduced after Alex Harris, 16, was chosen with 24 other young Americans to perform at a piano concert in Japan. But Louisville Eastern High principal James Sexton would not grant him an excused absence for the two-week trip.

Scott Horan, a member of Eastern's school council, said Denton's measure could create a "giant attendance loophole" that could reduce the school's share of state attendance-based funding.

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