May 2018 – P.S. 65, a New York elementary school, became caught up in controversy after deciding to cancel its annual dance for female students and their fathers. The dance was scheduled February 9, the weekend before Valentine’s Day.
School officials credited the state Department of Education policy to eliminate all gender-based practices.
“Until we understand what we are legally permitted to do, we need to table this event,” PTA president Toni Bennett told parents in a private school-parent Facebook group.
While P.S. 65 understood the policy to mean it had to cancel the dance, other schools in the New York area did not. P.S. 30 scheduled a fundraising father-daughter dance in April “to celebrate your little girl and the father figure in her life.” Tickets for the dance were sold for $100.
Other area schools that are having dances include P.S. 83 and P.S. 232.
“People are uncomfortable with the change,” Bennett said. “It’s a new policy and, let’s face facts, there are many schools that ignore it.”