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Texas honor student jailed for missing too much school

Discussion in 'The OT' started by fluffybear, May 29, 2012.

  1. Getteau

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    +1. That was my first thought as well. The schools get paid for bodies in the seats.

    For the judge, I would be willing to bet that he saw all the negative publicity and backtracked as fast as he could because it's election season and he wants to keep his job.
     
  2. klang

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    From the Houston Chronicle a couple days ago: Story.

    This caught my eye:

    So the judge, at that time, was using all the info available to him.
     
  3. runner861

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    We are finally getting a little more information on this story that is getting beyond the sensationalism. I haven't seen anything yet verifying that this girl is an "honors" student, and, even if she is, that factor is really not important. The judge appears to have done what he can to get her to attend class.

    It is really not about money, even though schools do receive money when schools attend. The schools do not enforce the truancy laws. They are enforced by the district attorney and/or city attorney, depending on the jurisdiction. Perhaps if the schools enforced the laws one could make that argument, but the argument lacks credibility because the schools don't enforce those laws.

    I don't expect that this case will be a political issue for the judge. A contempt citation and a 24-hour sentence for someone who has failed to comply with a previous admonition by the judge is pretty reasonable.
     
  4. AntAltMike

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    Given the level of grade inflation, I just assume that anyone who makes half an effort in school is an honors student.
     
  5. Laxguy

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    Heh. I still wonder how you can be in an honors program with crap attendance.
    But good for her for all she's done for her family.
     
  6. fluffybear

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    complete the assignments and pass your tests. :D

    Tran really did not miss all that many days. If you break it down, it is less then 1 day a week. I also suspect that her teachers may have been a lot more understanding of the situation and willing to work with her than the judge was.
     
  7. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    I was in National Honor Society and was considered a very good student, but as I mentioned earlier,attended less than 75% of the time my Senior Year. I remember one week during my Senior year when the only day I went to school was Friday to take a bunch of tests. Granted, I did have a very strange school/senior year, because one of my classmates lived by himself (no parents - long story), so there were always kids crashing at his house and always a party going on.
     
  8. Stewart Vernon

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    In my high school they had a senior work release program... so 12th graders that had enough credits to graduate could just take morning classes and leave school at noon to go to work at a job.

    I don't see why an honor student couldn't be able to work something out that would let her take classes and have a job too.
     
  9. fluffybear

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    couple of issues I see with this:

    Miss Tran was only in the 11th grade this past year.
    I think it is safe to assume Miss Tran's issues came with her attending morning classes.
    Miss Tran possibly could be trying to qualify for an academic scholarship and when it comes to those, the more classes (especially advanced ones) the betetr chance you have.
     

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