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posted: 12/3/2011 6:00 AM

Deeper probe needed into grade scandal

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Who are the Antioch Police Department and Antioch Community High School District 117 officials trying to protect in the grade-changing scandal involving former teacher Sara Glashagel?

Once Mrs. Glashagel officially resigned, district officials deemed the matter closed. Officials have stated that it is still not known how she acquired the administrative password to begin with. Employing rudimentary logic and common sense would mandate a more complete and thorough investigation than this.

We have all observed through the news media, the "win at all cost" culture that has permeated our nation's school systems. Success in sports seems to have surpassed the importance of accomplishment in the classroom, or as noted recently, to protect students associated at a few of our most notable colleges and universities.

Administrative pressure to create a "winning" athletic program is seemingly justified by appeasing parents, enhancing exposure for "star" athletes, cultivating "school spirit," and of course, developing the inevitable "money train" from business sponsors, prideful alums and a generous school board.

I wonder, shamefully, if that same perversion exists in District 117. Only a few administrators have personal access to the password. Who gave it to her and why?

John Hartl


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