Ala. judge refuses to order officials to let students miss school because of swine flu scare

Judge: Can’t order board to let kids miss school

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A mother and father in Alabama want a judge to force school officials to let their sons do their school work from home because of the swine flu scare, but the judge said no.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price said Monday he did not have authority to order school officials in nearby Elmore County to allow the 7 and 8-year-old sons of attorney Jerry Blevins to do their work from home for the rest of the school year. The parents filed a lawsuit Friday seeking the order.

Price said Blevins and his wife, Carol, could withdraw their children from school and home school them or enroll them in a private school. He said any parent has that right.

Price said he would issue a written order later Monday.

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