Report: Proposal Would Allow Students to Skip School to Attend Political Protests
A proposal in one Maryland school district would reportedly allow students to skip class up to three times a year to take part in political protests.
The Montgomery County school board is expected to approve the proposal that would apply to high school students, according to The Washington Post.
Students would be permitted to take part in political protests, as well as other kinds of "civic engagement" during class under the reported proposal.
The Montgomery County Board of Education student representative told the outlet that the proposal "gives students an opportunity to exercise civic responsibility without being penalized for it."
The proposal states that its goal is to make sure that students and employees are "guided" in what they do regarding "political campaigns, partisan election activities, and distribution of political or partisan materials."
It was reported that the proposal is expected to be approved as early as next year.
School board member Patricia O’Neill said that she wants students in the district to "be the next generation of leaders and learning."
"Learning doesn’t just occur in the classroom, it occurs in life experiences," she said.