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Mayor: "Utterly Disappointed" with Father-Daughter Dance Ban

Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung implored the district to "review this decision and find a way to make this work for the children and their parents."

Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung issued a statement in which he said he's "utterly dissapointed" that the school district has banned father-daughter dances.

"I am utterly disappointed to have such a time-honored tradition under attack in the name of political correctness.  Traditions like this are what make up the fabric of our childhood memories and definitely contribute to the well being of our children as a whole," Fung said.

The district banned the dances at the start of the school year after school district lawyers concluded they violated state gender discrimination laws. The review was sparked by a letter sent to the district by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union after a parent contacted them with a complaint.

"In the zeal to protect people who feel they are being disenfranchised, this policy has completely denied our children of one of the most cherished traditions in their school experience.  I sympathize with these parents because it seems once again that Cranston is at the epicenter of another attack on our traditions by the ACLU," he said.

The mayor's office has been flooded with calls from upset parents since the school district decided to ban gender-specific events like the father daughter's dance. The mayor acknowledged that he has no legal authority over the issue, but he implored the school district "to review this decision and find a way to make this work for children and parents."

"I encourage all parents that are upset with this decision to contact their School Committee members and make their voices be heard," Fung said.

William Brank September 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM
When your money comes from the federal government for your education, (meaning some guy in upstate Montana pays for the kids you cant afford), you have to follow the federal rules. Not bad for a sovereign state who never sent any delegates to the original constitutional convention. Good thing for the Sovereign Plantations of Rhode Island they included them anyway... Mike you can do nothing without the feds...
William Brank September 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM
You want to fight this stuff, educate yourself. The progressivs have taken your right to fight and given away your sovereignty to the federal system. It was never intended to be this way. Why would they have thrown off the yoke of the king only to give all of your power to a national all seeing power in a far away city, washington? You have to get off the federal dole and you will never of it with progressives and democrats...
William Brank September 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Sorry dave to hear. Its a failure all over the rust belt. Are you ready to vote with your feet? Everyone who wants to control their own lives has and left this state to the progressives. With their craddle to grave control over your life you have no say. You might have been better off staying in russia, they are taking up what made us the greatest country the world has ever seen by not using statism, liberalism and progressivism...
Jeff Berard September 20, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Riiiiiight.... Because banning father-daughter dances is a cornerstone of the liberal agenda. You really want to know what's wrong with this country? It's pretty simple actually; as a society we've become Fat, Ignorant, Selfish and Lazy. Until we turn off the FOX News, the Monday Night Football, and put down the 64oz. BIG GULP from the 7-11 we buy to wash down the Big Mac while we rush out to buy the next iPhone, things are only going to get worse. Or perhaps it might have something to do with a country preoccupied with trying to live in the 1950's with their father-daughter dances instead of educating our children so they can compete in the real world as it stands right now and how it's going to be in the next 50 years. But hey, what do I know? I'm just another progressive interesting in wearing my Mao Jacket to the next hate rally. Fools.
Doug Tarnopol September 21, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Bingo, Janice. Furthermore, the applicable federal law (Title IX) only allows exceptions if there are "comparable" events for the other gender. Seems to me that a family dance would solve everything, as is the case around the state, so I've briefly gathered. I don't really understand why the whole thing had to be cancelled -- just open it up to all. Not even "Ladies' Choice" -- just a family dance. Everyone who wants to continue the daddy-daughter thing can continue it, just without the illegal imprimatur of the school. Which is just socially obnoxious as well as illegal -- why in god's name would anyone want to exclude anybody in a schooling situation? Fung's just grandstanding. There's an election coming up. Or perhaps he really doesn't get it. Not sure which is worse, frankly.

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