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Remember my rant about the Arizona student whose parents hired a lawyer when she flunked English, disqualifying her from participating in her graduation? Out of curiosity, I checked the Arizona Republic to see if there was anything new.
The school district issues an apology for the furor but denied any wrongdoing, contending that administrators were unaware of the lawyer's actions when they decided to let the student take an 11th-hour makeup test. (coughBScough) School officials claim better guidelines are needed. Of course, it sounds like the declaration that the student would walk in the graduation, which forced the retest, is guideline aplenty; as reported by the Republic, it seemed to make her participation a foregone conclusion regardless of the outcome of the retake: "I was told that the student was going to walk (in the graduation ceremony)," Joice [the teacher] said, "and that I needed to figure out a way to get her to that point."
Meanwhile, the Arizona State Bar Association took the unusual step of launching an ethics investigation into the lawyer whose letter to the teacher threatening a lawsuit sparked the controversy. Normally an investigation does not occur in the absence of a complaint, but the case's high profile led the Bar Association to act.