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Re: “Chapel Hill High School principal accused of plagiarism

Most would agree the real bullies are some of the Admin at CHHS who, ironically, are in charge of the school's anti-bullying task force.

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Posted by Scuba on 11/21/2013 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Chapel Hill High School principal accused of plagiarism

Callie, it seems you and Ms. Jackson share a common love of grammar.

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Posted by Scuba on 11/21/2013 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Chapel Hill High School principal accused of plagiarism

I've already spoken here, but I feel the need to emphasize some points. I don't wish ill to any of the people who are the focus of this conversation. I do wish they would just be nice, honest and foster a positive environment. Drop the fascist vibe- it's unbecoming. Whether plagiarism is a big deal or not is a separate discussion; I personally just find plagiarism to be lazy and uncreative. However, the best possibility is that this conversation will open a door to the wider conversation, which is about the behavior of Admin, their interactions with staff, how the climate of a school affects students and staff, and the manner in which CHCCS handles scandals and represents itself. I applaud the journalist for his balanced article; a number of people were interviewed who held different views on the matter. Chapelboro's piece seems to serve only as a chance for Superintendent Forcella to have the final word. Based on the lack of humility and transparency I've seen in his past handling of scandals, I don't value that word at all. Having worked in the place where truth goes to die, I can say it's not just a "few disgruntled teachers." We are talking about an entire staff having their spirits crushed on a regular basis. Teachers are being told "shut up" and "I will break you," and that's the lighter side of it. It's unfair to focus on the Principal. There are other Admin, both on school and district levels, who are the source of the climate. Not ALL of them, just a very influential devious few. To hear people who make 6 figures at CHCCS dismiss teachers so easily is insulting. There is enough harm coming from the State; the kindest thing to do would be to make lemonade. Unfortunately, there are individuals whose desire to make people's jobs and lives miserable crosses over into sadism. I would rather be waterboarded than to be back at CHHS. And it's not because of the teachers or students or support staff. The vast majority of them are kind and caring, dedicated to providing excellent education for students despite all of the obstacles placed before them. When taxpayer dollars are employing you to be leaders, you need to govern yourselves with respect and set honorable examples. Hold yourself to the same standards you hold staff and students to. And you need to be at the school all the time earning those 6 figures, immersing yourself in the community, coming to games, plays, concerts, keeping your office door open, listening to teacher and student concerns, not putting students and staff in physical danger by being negligent of environmental factors, and in general, just try to be a good person. Earn the respect of the school. Plagiarism? It's just ginger beer compared to what really goes on.

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Posted by Scuba on 11/21/2013 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Chapel Hill High School principal accused of plagiarism

The atmosphere created by both district and CHHS Admin is one of deceit, hostility and fear. Jeff Nash is doing a poor job of PR by blaming the teachers for reporting the behavior instead of addressing Principal Jackson's actions. So, when Mr. Nash refers to CHHS staff as "disgruntled folks over there who don't like change," is he implying that "change" means accepting wrongdoing such as plagiarism? An interesting PR choice. Teachers would address these things at the school or district levels if they weren't afraid of the very real retaliation that happens in CHCCS. Until enough parents get angry about the illegal and unethical things (grade fraud, misappropriation of funds, harassment, etc.) that Admin are doing, I worry that little will improve. It's a shame because CHHS has great teachers and staff. This story is but one piece of a bigger story. CHCCS has so far had a knack for denying wrongdoing; maybe they will eventually get sloppy and become the next Rob Ford.

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Posted by Scuba on 11/20/2013 at 9:33 AM

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