September 17th 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CRANSTON SCHOOLS BAN ALL MOTHER/SON FATHER/DAUGHTER EVENTS AND BEND TO THE ACLU.
GATELY SENDS AMENDMENT REQUEST TO HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP TO CORRECT LANGUAGE IN THE LAW TO ALLOW DANCES TO GO FORWARD
Last week it came to light when students were returning to school that the new Superintendent of Cranston schools sent a memo out in August banning all "gender specific events" because of a complaint filed in May by the ACLU.
Sean Gately Candidate for State Senate in District 26 weighed in today on this important issue. " Once again Frank Lombardi's school committee was asleep at the switch," said Gately. " Where is the 'Proven Leadership' I keep hearing about? After already losing $150,000.00 of taxpayer money on the banner controversy, they made no effort to protect another important tradition enjoyed by generations of parents and children in the Cranston school system.
Mr. Gately communicated with School Committee Members Culhane and Ruggeri who said they had no power over this decision. The committee did not hold any hearings for comment from the public and simply decided behind closed doors that this was a violation of the law. Gately pointed out however that when the ACLU sent a letter stating Cranston West was in violation of the law regarding the banner, the self-described Captain of "Proven Leadership" Frank Lombardi and his crew were tripping over each other to hold multiple hearings and get in front of any camera, microphone or reporter they could find.
After some quick investigation and consulting with attorneys familiar with the issue, Candidate Gately identified the problem as being missing language in RI Law that attempts to mirror Title 9. Said Gately, " This is a simple legislative fix that would allow us to preserve an age old tradition. While I understand that Frank Lombardi's school committee has been busy losing court cases, cutting music, sports and gifted programs and leaving the district millions of dollars in debt. I do not think it would of been too much to ask that they at least make some effort on this issue."
"As the next State Senator from Cranston," concluded Gately "I will personally stand up to the ACLU and sponsor legislation to allow these events to continue if it is not remedied this fall." "More importantly, As a father of a young son in the Cranston schools, I look forward to my wife and son enjoying the special life long memories that events like this create."
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
To See a copy of the Superintendents memo go to: http://www.facebook.com/groups/gately4senate/photos/