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Wis. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Summer Homework

By Caroline Hendrie — March 15, 2005 1 min read

A judge last week threw out a lawsuit by a Wisconsin high school student who objected to having to do homework over summer vacation.

Peer Larson and his father had sued the state and the 2,700-student Whitnall district over three precalculus assignments that they said the boy was hard-pressed to finish because of a summer job. (“Summertime Blues,” Feb. 9, 2005.)

A judge in Milwaukee County Circuit Court dismissed the suit on March 8, finding that schools are clearly within their authority when they assign homework over the summer that counts toward students’ grades.

But the family said in a written statement that the judge’s ruling was tantamount to saying “there is no time in the school year or calendar year, from [the] time your child is enrolled in kindergarten until he graduates from high school, that the student is free from [the] state’s dictates with regard to homework assignments.”

A version of this article appeared in the March 16, 2005 edition of Education Week