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Fairfax School Ditches Controversial Policy

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When 160 students of Advanced Placement World History at Westfield High School in Chantilly started the year in September, they were given an document school officials call an "addendum" to the honor code. According to the document, students were forbidden from discussing what they were learning with friends, family members, even strangers.

Parent Amy Fuentes says the policy was "over the top. Unnecessary. This policy belongs in the trash."

Now, school officials have agreed, and the policy has been discontinued.

"The wording was really over the top. But the point was to make it clear to the students that when they did their homework it needed to be their own work," says school spokesman Paul Regnier.

Regnier says teachers and administrators are already working on a new policy to discourage students from cheating on their homework.

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