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GOP chair urges students to 'play hooky' on Memorial Day

Posted May 22, 2009

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— The chairman of the Wake County Republican Party on Friday called on parents of about 30,000 public school students to keep their children home on Memorial Day.

Students attending year-round schools are supposed to be in class on Monday, despite having the holiday off last year.

Wake GOP Chairman Claude E. Pope called his request a protest.

“It’s a national holiday, and it’s a holiday that honors our fallen heroes,” he said.

school bus GOP chair: Students should have off Memorial Day

Wake County Public School System spokesman Michael Evans said crafting a schedule is a complex process voted on two years in advance.

In 2007, the Wake County Board of Education voted to have class on Memorial Day because principals wanted the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off.

Evans said students who do not attend school on Monday will be charged with an unexcused absence – unless parents fill out forms explaining why they should be excused.

“Families need to make the best decision for their plans. We expect children to be in school. It’s going to be an educational day, but if families decide to take their children out, so be it,” Evans said.

“I’m not happy about it. I might keep them out Monday,” parent Russell Dennison said. “It’s a holiday.”

Students on traditional or modified school calendars have Memorial Day off.

The Board of Education votes two-years in advance on scheduling. The schedule for 2010 has all students off on Memorial Day.

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  • SemperFi... Always May 25, 2009

    My son will not be in school today. We are also a military family & I was shocked to see a federal holiday choosen as a school day so that principals could get a Wed before Thanksgiving off. It also didn't even dawn on me to pay attention to his schedule that showed he had school today or I would have commented on this long ago so that's my mistake. However - this is a national holiday where we all need to take time to teach our children why it even exists. It's a time to stop & honor & reflect those fallen and yes, the troops in the field actually do take time to pay their respects if they have to work today. I just think it was a poor choice.

  • readerman May 25, 2009

    Why do we need to take a day off to honor the sacrifice of those who defended this country? Do the troops in the field dishonor the war dead by working on Monday? No, I think not. Do the police officers, firefighter, doctors and nurses who work Monday dishonor the war dead? Again, no they do not. There are many ways to honor the sacrifices of our forefathers and truancy is not one of them. Do not squander the opportunity they fought and died to give you. Go to school, obey your teachers, study hard, make this a stronger country. That will honor their sacrifice. God Bless America!

  • poohperson2000 May 22, 2009

    holy cow... if you have plans, keep with your plans, if not pack them up and send them to school. the schedule has been published yet the first complaint comes now.. uggg Wake County is full of spoiled parents I think. We happen to be tracked out,and we are also on the least popular track. take it like a bunch of adults.

  • robbincasino May 22, 2009

    I just received the phone message from my son's elementary school today, and no my son won't be in school on Monday and the school better not question it. We are a military family and out of respect for my son who is serving overseas, my youngest son will be home waiting for that phone call from his older brother that comes every year. I am not a Republican but I am seriously considering it. Oh one more thing. I bet the District Offices will be closed.

  • teacher-mom May 22, 2009

    Let's see, they want to reduce the number of days students attend schhol by 5 days next year and 10 days the year adter that. I do not see what a big deal it is for them to be off on Memorial Day. I guess the 180 days is carved in stone for one thing and not another. Go figure...

  • Steve Crisp May 22, 2009

    It is disgusting to the point of sacrilige to have kids attend school on Memorial Day. Do these people who run our school system have no honor anymore? At all?

  • ThinkChick May 22, 2009

    If this were a celebration of something the 'progressive' NEAbots liked, then the holiday would be sacrosanct.

    Too bad they forget they couldn't be progressing toward anything without our vets' service.

    patriotsrevenge has a good thought. Though I would imagine more families appreciating a longer break in the summer. And the tourist lobby which bought Basnight, Perdue and Rand long ago wouldn't stand for a possible drop in beach attendance that week.

  • redapace May 22, 2009

    Nice. Kids that lay out of school grow up to be employees that lay out of work. Somebody's got to work on the holidays.

  • mandy picketts May 22, 2009

    Amen Mr. Bigbad!!! Well said!

  • ThisIsMyName May 22, 2009

    I'm surprised a politician would ask the children to play hookie. Wait, maybe I'm not so surprised.

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