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Reading, Writing and Cheerleading

October 28, 1990

Melissa Fontes is suing the Irvine Unified School District because she is not allowed to participate in cheerleading due to an F in chemistry.

Egad! Why can't Johnny read? As long as he can hire a lawyer, why bother?

If cheerleading is really more important than chemistry, perhaps we should tear down our school and put down padded mats in the vacant lots. At least we will have well-prepared candidates for the several hundred professional cheerleading positions in the country.

Curiously, the last time I checked, an hour of time with a good chemistry tutor cost about one-third the amount of a lawyer.

ANDREW LADICK, El Toro

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