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Students Could Skip School to Protest Under Proposal in Maryland District

By The Associated Press — December 11, 2018 1 min read

High school students could skip classes to attend political protests under a proposal up for debate in a Maryland school district.

Montgomery County’s school board is expected to approve the proposal as early as January. The proposal is considered to be one of very few in the country that would allow students to take up to three excused absences per year to participate in protests or other forms of civic engagement during the school day.

The board is accepting public comments on the proposal until Dec. 16.

School board member Patricia O’Neill said the policy is designed to help prepare students to become “the next generation of leaders.”

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A version of this article appeared in the December 12, 2018 edition of Education Week as Students Could Skip School to Protest Under Proposal in Maryland District

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