What do you think about the ban on father-daughter dances in Cranston? Let us know in the comments.
Earlier in the school year, parents were notified that father-daughter and mother-son activities will no longer be held in the schools because school lawyers concluded they violate state laws.
The action was triggered by a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union, said Cranston Superintendent Judith Lundsten. The letter was written on behalf of a mother who said her daughter was unable to go to the father-daughter dance.
Federal laws under Title IX allow father-son and mother-daughter events, but state law is more restrictive, Lundsten said.
The change in policy occurred without any public discussion and the School Committee did not vote for any change. The issue could easily be fixed by inserting language in the state law that mirrors federal Title IX policy, according to Republican Sean Gately, a candidate for Rhode Island's District 25 House seat.
What do you think?