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A right to homework? Merrimack parent threatens lawsuit

September 19. 2018 8:51PM

While we support the right of taxpayers to file suit against policies they believe are illegal, not every lawsuit is a good idea.

Merrimack parent Bob Bevill is trying to reverse the school district’s new homework protocol, first implemented last year, which does not use homework as part of a student’s final grade.

The New Hampshire Board of Education denied Bevill’s appeal in July, and this week denied his request for a rehearing.

Bevill pledges to take the dispute all the way to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, arguing that his daughter’s due process rights were violated when Merrimack stopped including homework in her grades.

Such a lawsuit would be frivolous. State regulations require local school districts to adopt homework policies, including how homework will be integrated into the overall grading system, but do not require any specific formula.

Merrimack school officials argue homework grades do not accurately reflect a student’s mastery of a subject.

We credit Bevill for his passion and his dedication to his daughter’s education, and for bringing attention to the role of homework.

The proper way for Bevill to change things in Merrimack is to run for school board, and find other candidates who agree. The local election could be a referendum on homework, with the newly-elected school board giving direction to school officials.


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