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School Committee will ask State to Change Law Restricting Father-Daughter Dances

The School Committee will meet on Monday to discuss the issue.

The Cranston School Committee will take up the issue of father-daughter dances on Monday in an effort to preserve the tradition.

School Committee Chairwoman Andrea Iannazzi said the committee will consider a resolution that would ask state leaders to change state law to mirror federal law. The change would let schools hold "traditional yet inclusive events," she said.

It would mean the city would have to name dances a little differently, much like other school districts around the state have been doing for years. Instead of a father-daughter's dance, the dance would be called something like "ladies choice," which allows young girls to choose any adult figure to come to the dance with them.

The dances were banned earlier this year after the ACLU contacted the school district with concerns about the practice. A parent had complained to the ACLU after her daughter reportedly was unable to attend a father-daughter dance.

The ban sparked outrage among many parents and the story has since become national news.

It turns out that the father-daughter dances haven't been such the tradition that some people claim. The district had not hosted any such dances for almost a decade until about two years ago, when they were resurrected in an effort to drum up school spirit and participation.

The ban officially went into effect four months ago, which is when the ACLU and school officials wrapped up their discussions.

Read more of our coverage about the issue:

Updated: After ACLU Complaint, Father-Daughter Dances No More in Cranston

ACLU: Not Every Girl wants to be Cinderella

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

UGHHH September 24, 2012 at 02:45 PM
You can still continue the tradition with a "Students choice Dance" I have attended both and you can't tell one from the other with the exception that it doesn't discriminate against other sexes!!! I am all for inclusion NOT exclusion....((Get with the program guys))
UGHHH September 24, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Thank you Alisa!!! (This was a state law that supports Non-Exclusionary events) Not a disgruntled parent that cried to the ACLU. There is a huge difference. Thank you Alisa
Shelley A. Mcgowan-Fusco September 24, 2012 at 03:02 PM
again, the mom was told from the beginning that she could attend with her daughter - the invite went out again saying any adult may go and if there were any questions or concerns as to whom your daughter could attend the dance with to call the pto president at the time and her phone number was listed - this mother wanted a "family dance" because she herself wanted to attend a dance - she didnt feel that was good enough that she was told that she could attend and therefor went to the aclu - it was never called a father/daughter dance, it was a Me and My guy dance. The girl did in fact attend the dance with a male chaperone and had a wonderful time! I feel discriminated against that my family has a "mother/father" unit in the family and that my children will never be able to have a Father/Daughter, Mother/Son event - how is this fair for my children, I am a married parent who would like to see these events still happening because this is the life that my husband and I chose
David Englund September 24, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Great point Shelly, as a father I feel a great responsibility to be a role model for my daughter as her "first male date ever"!!!! It's sad that main street America gets prejudiced against because we're not the minority. My daughter now thinks it's illegal to dance with her daddy at school! - I know this isn't accurate, she's only 7 years old, but look what this has turned into.
Mark Schieldrop September 24, 2012 at 05:10 PM
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