Dean `Hinton` did a great job connecting some more of the timeline and the fact that `Mayor Glenda` Hood "somewhat idiotically" has been lacking in candor every time she opens her mouth `The mayor's queer past, Oct. 31`.
I've heard her say that her reasoning is not related to religion, politics or a possible/hopeful gubernatorial appointment.
Hmmm, wonder what the reason is? Does she really believe there is NO discrimination in Orlando? Let's keep asking her what her reason really is.
Debbie Simmons, via the Internet
FCAT still misunderstood
I just read the Letters section, and I couldn't let it pass without responding `"Disappointed and hurt," Oct. 31`. I find it quite amusing that Kathleen Sanborn suggested that you use "another principal and another school to make your point." To her, your point was valid, but she didn't want to be the example. In your article all you did was restate the facts.
Your letter writers seemed to miss the issue that the FCAT, as the only measure of a "successful" school, is causing so-called excellent educators and administrators to go to extremes to get results for their schools.
I appreciate that through your article you tried to help the public understand the downside to the FCAT as the sole measurement of school success. You put into writing what I have been trying to say for the last four years. I am sorry to see that the public obviously can't understand that the FCAT is not the one and only solution to the education problem.
Kimberly Mathis, via Internet
Son speaks out
I find it disturbing that for this story `Cash for grades, Oct. 24` , you chose to only quote teachers and parents (some anonymously -- shouldn't that make you question their statements in itself?) who believe `former Cheney Elementary School principal Kathleen` Sanborn is guilty of the accusation.
From your article it seems clear that neither the county nor the state found any evidence to support the charge that answers were changed. Then you bury the statement that some teachers actually left the school because they knew Ms. Sanborn was wrongfully treated by the school system. Why not interview (and quote) former teachers who support her management style, since you were willing to quote those who felt she was "maniacal" (which seems to be an over-the-top accusation in itself without direct proof)?
Did you investigate the possible motives behind the parents and teachers who accused her of this? Had they been disciplined by her or had confrontations with her in the past that would have caused them to be vindictive? Why did the county dole out a harsher punishment than the state? Who were they appeasing? Was the $4,000 raise you mention actually a result of the "A" grade for the school as you imply, or was it simply part of the normal salary-adjustment process?
I understand you wanted to put forward the viewpoint that the FCAT is not achieving its intended results and may actually have negative consequences. That is your right. However, to further the unsubstantiated accusations that have tainted a career you yourself noted was "spotless" for 25 years is irresponsible, especially without doing the further investigation mentioned above.
It seems your only concern was to get your point across no matter whose reputation you were helping to harm. I hope you would consider publishing a follow-up article that addresses the answers to the questions above. If not, I hope you will consider the effects stories like this have on the people who are being accused in the future.
Jeff Rogero, Kathleen Sanborn's son, Orlando