Father wanted to check up on child, but turned away

Published 7:32 pm Saturday, November 7, 2009

Dear Editor,

“It’s against the law for us to share that information with you sir.” Is what I got from Assistant Principal Willie Maxey and Principal Wanda McCall of Selma High School when I asked for a copy of my daughter’s report card to see how she’s doing.

You see I’m a non custodial parent and I’m not listed as a guardian—her mother effectively shuts me out of her life for no good reason—so despite proof that I’m her father they refused me a copy…simply unbelievable!

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The educational establishment here in Selma loves to whine about the lack of parental involvement, but when a parent actually shows up—especially a father studies have shown that student achievement improves if they have an involved father—they stonewall them and they wonder why the dropout rates are high, students bring guns to school, and the myriad of other problems they’re having exist.

Just because it’s the law doesn’t make it right. The sooner the educational bureaucracy learns this the better it’ll be for our children.

Terry Lewis