Sharpton blasts feds over finance probe, says it's retaliatory
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#1 Dec 14, 2007
How big Al gradated skool:
HARLEM (CBS)― Have teachers at an East Harlem school been ordered to lower their standards because many students there are poor?
That's the impression some got from their principal's memo.
And now City Hall has stepped in.
The weather was gloomy Thursday outside Central Park East High School, but the talk was about a controversial memo from the school's principal.
"I don't think he thinks we're dumb," 12th grader Crystal Scarlett said. "He just thinks we can do much better than we're doing."
But not everyone agreed.
Last month, Principal Bennett Lieberman sent off a stern memo to teachers.
"If you are not passing more than 65 percent of your students in a class, then you are not designing your expectations to meet their abilities, and you are setting your students up for failure, which, in turn, limits your success as a professional."
Was he ordering teachers to dumb down their classes?
The memo continued:
"Most of our students come from the lowest third percentile in academic achievement, have difficult home lives, and struggle with life in general. They DO NOT have a similar upbringing nor a similar school experience to our experiences growing up."
Some students took offense.
"That's not the way to pass," 12th grader Richard Palacios said. "That's not the way to get your education, so you're basically cheating yourself."
CBS 2 HD made several requests to speak with the principal and he refused. But he is standing by his comments.
Lieberman told a newspaper Thursday he "confidently stands by" his words.
But late Thursday, the Department of Education weighed in. It sent him a letter demanding he clarify his views and state that he is not ordering his teachers to lower their standards.
No word back yet from the principal.
Teachers at the school stand to receive $3,000 bonuses if their school improves.
#2 Dec 14, 2007
Al not everything is racial although it's always convenient for you to use as a defense. Looks like old habits don't change like not filing taxes.
Saint Clair, MO
#3 Dec 15, 2007
OH PLEASE! Everthing is not equal, I used to think so, until I seen whites get away with some of the harshes crimes posible. For blacks all it takes it for someone to say we did something and they lock us up! Evidence or not! This country is ridiculous, whites keep advances in every aspect and blacks no matter how hard we try they always try to take us down! I'm sure it has to do with him marching to Washington, why is it know they they want to indict him! Just like Barry Bonds being indicted when Mark McGuire has been taking steroids for years, they need to strip him of all his titles and remove his name from Interstate I-70 East in St. Louis, if they take Marion Jones medals and titles for use of steroids, do the same across the DAMN BOARD!
#6 Dec 15, 2007
Apparently "Black and White" is living proof that pulling the *card* has almost become a genetic predisposition. Unfortunately, it's predictable and expected. So, naturally, it's ignored.
#8 Apr 14, 2009
I bet Sharpton has been screaming "racism" about this too.
#9 Apr 14, 2009
Does anyone wonder why Al Sharpton is walking the streets freely when he owes so much tax to the Feds? On your knees, boy!
Since: Dec 08
#11 Apr 14, 2009
When is the grim reaper going to visit this bigoted piece of trash?
Not soon enough IMHO.
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