Is it legal/fair
Date: May 27, 2010
I'm in my 6th year teaching music - finishing my 2nd year teaching in Elk Mound, WI. We have about 270 kids in our high school and run a 4 block schedule. The band director and I split a block. The only other skinnies offered are phy. ed. during block 1b which is the same time as choir. and Intro to Sociology (A), Medical Terminology (B), and Intro to Psychology (B). All other classes are offered in 90 minute blocks.
Our school used to have a competitive show choir. All students in Show Choir were required to be in Concert Choir. In the year between when the old director retired, a director was in for one year and made some exceptions to this policy. A decision was made to cut the show choir prior to my employment in this district. We did a non-competitive swing choir for a year with 12 girls. About 1/2 the students were not in choir due to scheduling conflicts.
At this point, my students wish to have a show choir again but think it's not fair or LEGAL that I require them to be in choir for at least a semester in order to be eligible to participate in show choir. Our enrollment in choir is low - one section of pre-algebra is scheduled against choir 1st semester, so I only was able to recruit a couple of kids from my 8th grade choir. I could have under 20 kids next year. This year I had steady enrollment of about 32 kids.
Is there a legal issue here? Nowhere else do I know of students being able to be in an extracurricular group like this without being in the Concert Choir because they learn the technical skills of singing during Concert Choir rehearsals and by being part of a choral program teaching good technique and reading skills.
Please help me out if you know about this!!!!!
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