My grand-daughter has had these dances in school and she has made the choice not to attend which in turn did not mean the dances should not continue.
This social agenda now happening in our country sucks! Live and Let Live.............. geez
CRANSTON, R.I. — A Rhode Island schools superintendent has ended the district's father-daughter dances and mother-son ballgames to comply with a state gender discrimination law, prompting some to complain that the move is an example of political correctness gone awry.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said Tuesday he was "utterly disappointed" that the Cranston schools superintendent nixed the events in what the mayor called "the name of political correctness" after the state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union complained last spring.
The ACLU complaint in May came on behalf of a single mother whose daughter had no father in her life but was precluded from attending the father-daughter dance, ACLU Executive Director Steven Brown said Tuesday.
In a letter to school organizations last month, Schools Superintendent Judith Lundsten said that school district attorneys reviewing the complaint found that, while federal gender discrimination laws exempt such events, Rhode Island law does not.
"I acknowledge that many of these events have long traditions and for many parents, these types of gender-based events are not an issue," Lundsten wrote. "However, this is a public school system and under no circumstances should we be isolating any child from full participation in school activities and events based on gender. Please be all-inclusive when planning your events."
A message left Tuesday for Lundsten was not immediately returned.