The school board is considering changing the wording of a policy that gives principals the discretion to decide whether a school will allow kids to take part in Halloween celebrations during the school day. One thing is clear: board members are finally understanding that a great number of parents care very much about this issue.
As the debate over changing the word "consult" to "collaborates" would indicate, this controversy stems from the reality that parents get upset when they perceive that a principal is making unilateral decisions that affect their kids. This debate comes down to how principals use their power, and how they deal with people unhappy about their decisions. You've got to wonder how long the school board will continue allowing principals to be the targets of criticism before considering a uniform, district-wide policy on Halloween celebrations.