There are few issues in American education as widely discussed as the achievement gap, the racial divide that separates the academic performance of white and minority students.I'd like to hear from the student journalists in the audience. (You know who you are.)
But not at Hillsborough High School, where the principal pulled an article detailing the school's achievement gap from the student newspaper.
Principal William Orr called the content inappropriate, even though it focused on data the federal government publicizes under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Instead of a story and chart, students found a gaping hole Monday in the Red & Black, the school newspaper.
"If it's something that has a potential to hurt students' self-esteem, then I have an obligation not to let that happen," he said. "I don't think it's the job of the school newspaper to embarrass the students."
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Update: the T/R/P writes, "Hang in there, student journalists. Sounds like you did good work. Keep writing. Maybe someday we as a country will give a damn."