Posted at 11:22 AM on September 18, 2012
by Bob Collins
There is the spirit of the law, and there is the letter of the law.
Today's news prompting a review of the difference between the two comes from Cranston, Rhode Island, where -- the Providence Journal reports -- the school district has banned father-daughter and mother-son activities as a violation of state law.
Supt. Judith Lundsten said the move was triggered by a letter ifrom the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a single mom who had complained that her daughter had not been able to attend her father-daughter dance.
Lundsten said school attorneys found while federal Title IX legislation banning gender discrimination gives an exemption for "father-son" and "mother-daughter" events, Rhode Island law doesn't.