Published January 13, 2015
A student whose vacation plans were spoiled has sued to end summer homework in Wisconsin, claiming it creates an unfair workload and unnecessary stress.
Peer Larson, 17, had lined up a dream camp counselor job last June, but honors pre-calculus homework turned his summer into a headache.
"It didn't completely ruin my summer, but it did give me a lot of undue stress both at home and at work," the high school junior said Thursday. "I just didn't have the energy or the time for it."
Larson and his father sued in Milwaukee County Circuit (search) the Larsons' concerns.
"I strongly believe the district acted appropriately and didn't do anything wrong," she said. "Court is not the place to solve it."
While students will probably root for the Larsons, lawyers contacted Thursday questioned the suit's legal grounds. Larson and his son had acted as their own legal counsel.
"This is the sort of thing that has been traditionally handled by school boards," said attorney Thomas R. Schrimpf (search). Another attorney, Timothy Baldwin (search), predicted the case would be dismissed.
The Jan. 10 lawsuit names a math teacher, three school administrators and the state's superintendent of public instruction. Wisconsin's attorney general's office will assign a lawyer to respond to the suit, said spokesman Brian Rieselman.