Schools Fine Parents for Taking Kids Out for Vacation

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LONDON, England (WHNT) – A couple in England decided to take their children on vacation in Greece for a week-long holiday. The couple accused the government of imposing “inflexible” holiday rules on headteachers, according to

The couple told the court that they took their children on vacation during the school year because they had inflexible work hours during the school’s summer break.

The school rules say students cannot be out of school for anything short of exceptional circumstances. Stewart Sutherland and his wife Natasha said they do not blame the school or the headteachers that imposed the rules. They do blame the government.

All of this is under the 1996 Education Act in England.


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