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(5/6/2003) In the world of e-mail chain letters, things we want to be true are often assumed to be so. As a result, even the funniest of jokes is not so obvious once stamped with the assurance that "this is a true story."
Plagued by continuing attendance problems, Palisades Charter High School in 1998, instituted a strict attendance policy in which any student that was absent without valid excuse ten or more days during a single semester would be failed, regardless of his or her academic performance. In February 2002, 130 Palisades High students received failing grades under this policy.
The controversy put a spotlight on what many teachers feel is a growing problem: that their efforts to effectively educate the children trusted to them are often thwarted by politically powerful parents. Its this sentiment that led to the creative, yet fictional, phone message above. It was created by an anonymous author as a bit of humor to cynically express teachers' frustrations. It was never "voted unanimously by the office staff." In fact, Palisades Charter High School doesn't even have a menu-based phone system. Break this chain.
Category: No Joke Too Obvious