ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — High school students could skip classes to attend political protests under a proposal up for debate in a Maryland public school district.

The Washington Post reports that Montgomery County’s school board is expected to approve the proposal as early as January.

It 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 says the policy is designed to help prepare students to become “the next generation of leaders.”

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Comments (2)
  1. Bucky Barkingham says:

    Does this policy apply to right wing protests also, or would those be called racist, sexist, xenophobic, etc and excluded?

  2. “next generation of leaders” , not so fast. Next generation of felons doing smash and burn tactics for no purpose other than to cause strife and problems. Not to fix them. Not being part of the solution, but part of the problem. Keep them in school, and teach civics. Teach them how to get involved with the political system and not fight it. Show them how to register to vote, where to go to be a candidate for election…how to raise funds for that election. Not protest this stuff, but to get directly involved. The teachers are missing a true civics lesson that is being played out right now as they organize there next march, they could be doing their jobs and molding kids to be a positive influence and not a monkey wrench.

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