Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cranston bans 'father-daughter' dances as violation of state law

September 17, 2012 10:02 pm
By Richard C. Dujardin
Providence Journal
CRANSTON, R.I. -- In a move that has taken some parents by surprise, the school department has announced that it is banning traditional "father-daughter" and "mother-son" activities, saying they violate state law.
Supt. Judith Lundsten said the move was triggered by a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a single mom who had complained that her daughter had not been able to attend her father-daughter dance.

Lundsten said school attorneys found while federal Title IX legislation banning gender discrimination gives an exemption for "father-son" and "mother-daughter" events, Rhode Island law doesn't.
The new ban was brought to light Monday by Sean Gately, a Republican running for the state Senate, who said if elected he will work to change the state law.

1 comment:

  1. My neice is from Cranston and did not have a father to bring her to the father-daughter dance. My husband, her UNCLE, ALWAYS brought our neice to the father-daughter dances every single year! This so called-mother obviously didn't want to spend the money, otherwise, she would have had her daughter attend the father-daughter dance with one of their male relatives! It's amazing how one person can take down our democratic system!!!