Re: surfing uncesored
Tue, 11 Mar 1997 23:54:51 -0500 (EST)


This is Stuart from Santa Clara Valley School, an SVS-model school in
California. I'm responding to the comment:

>> why did not a SVS
>> model school in California come back immediately and say we must observe
>> the laws of California, we discuss those laws in the school meeting and
>> then decide how to obey them

Our school obeys all relevant laws, but these almost invariably involve
filing forms or paying taxes. There's little need for the School Meeting to
discuss these. I do recall a discussion of state attendance laws, which were
a factor in the rules we passed. A couple of times the School Meeting has
heard about our school's interpretation of the California Education Code (an
interpretation which provides the legal foundation for our existence).
People listened but no discussion ensued.

On the other hand, we do not have a rule saying that students must obey the
law. That's up to them. We do have a rule prohibiting students from harming
the school, and many illegal activities would indeed harm the school. The
concept of harming the school is discussed almost every week in JC and School