School Board: Sorry About Westinghouse 6-12

Okay, wow.

Alan Lesgold, dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, said an apology can be an effective way to “maintain some level of public accountability.”

He said, “There are certainly some school boards that would never do it. … There are a lot of places that are very defensive.” (P-G, Eleanor Chute)

What just happened? I selected the image because there seems to me to be symptoms of overstress.

21 thoughts on “School Board: Sorry About Westinghouse 6-12

  1. Anonymous

    I meant “the source” being Mark Brentley. His race baiting, incendiaty accusations and mischaritizations of the issues is what is my take-away from the board meeting and as a result, the whole story that Eleanor Chute did not explain. Watch the meeting in question and you tell me. Do you feel the article captured this entire issue?

  2. Bram Reichbaum

    “The source” in this case was the entire school board.

    Without commenting on your characterization, Brentley has been relentlessly insistent about That Kind of Thing for years — years! — but the rest of his colleagues on the board and in the administration have been almost comically nonplussed. As though he's been a bird mewing outside the window looking in.

    And all of a sudden, there's a vote to apologize? SOMETHING must have happened at Westinghouse is my thought. I haven't seen the meeting but do you know when City Channel is replaying it?

  3. Anonymous

    You can entertain yourself by watching the meetings via the board website and the ppstube option. Have beer and snacks handy.

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  5. Mark Rauterkus

    The saga at Westinghouse is LONG. Not enough space here, even with Bram's brevity.

    The Pitt folks should look at making its own apology for its handling of U-Prep. Those there have no room to talk without saying, “We're sorry. Blah, blah, blah.”

  6. MH

    Could you hit the high points? If you do, I promise to keep suggesting a land value tax to the old people who complain about the assessment.

  7. Anonymous

    I follow the school board and would like to know what the hell is going on. Will someone please explain all of this behind the scenes stuff? The PG will not report the true facts and obscures all of this by not having an investigative reporter look into this mess! Shame on them. We're talking about alot of tax money here.

  8. Bram Reichbaum

    Post coming soon, tonight I think. It won't be very “behind the scenes” at this point but it'll be a start. Mark, I'll be in touch.

    Anon Feb 19 12:15 Watched the video and I've got to say, Board Member Brentley didn't couch his motion initially in terms of provocative racialism. And most of the substance of his complaints seemed indeed to be largely uncontroversial among other board members. Of course as process questions and concerns arose, things got uglier and more personal in the usual manner. But I think we need to sequester that which was combusted, from the exhaust.


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