Montgomery County to Give Community Service Credit for Monday’s Protest

In a move that might just cause a ruckus, Montgomery County is offering Community Service credit to High School students who ditch school on Monday and come to the protest on the mall. Of course, pillars of society like conservative talk radio show hosts staged a call-in protest and got six kinds of ticked off at the district. Monday’s protest may well be one of the largest in my years here, and likely one of the largest in recent history.

Frankly, I’m surprised more people aren’t offering credit of some kind to have a front row seat at history, but I guess I understand the ire of conservative radio hosts, I mean, they do get paid to piss people off so….

5 Comments so far

  1. Chris (unregistered) on April 8th, 2006 @ 11:38 am

    So the county government is essentially bribing people to show up at a protest to bolster their own position, regardless of whether the people showing up support that position? I suppose if you don’t have enough legitimate support, this is the kind of thing you have to do.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on April 8th, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    I don’t think it’s a matter of support as it is getting people to go watch history in the making. There’s value in watching the protest.

  3. Krempasky (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    Bullocks. When they give community service credits to any and all political activity, we can talk. And I don’t see Montgomery County giving credit to students that want to go to Arizona to help monitor the border – or helping the NRA do get-out-the-vote. And let’s even stretch the space time fabric and assume that there’s some arcane bureaucratic process to get approval for such unpopular (in mont. county) type things – think we’ll see them *market* the credit?

  4. Don (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

    I don’t think anyone’s going to monitor what side of the deal these kids protest on, Krempasky. Any of them who want to spend their time out there counter-protesting are going to get credit just the same.

    Beyond that, does this mean we’re going to start worrying about who controls the Senate if the school visits there on a trip? It’s an outing to see one of the political activities that few of us who grew up elsewhere would have had the chance to see.

  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 9:21 am

    Community Service is likely defined as within the local area, so Arizona is out for credit. I would be surprised, though, if they turned people away for a get out the vote effort.

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