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  • A Letter to the Herald Tribune Editor this week said the School Board's claimed that school budgets have been cut dramatically, some $80 million over the past few years. However, the Board did not reveal that its action-packed expenses have actually increased some $4 million. This shows the board lacks integrity and transparency.

    I have been reviewing a high school Senior's scholarship application. The student is a"B" student in English. However, the application letter has incomplete sentences and punctuation and grammatical errors. I asked an English tutor and a Columbia University application reviewer to review the application. They said it met today's standards, and was about right and typical for a "B" English student though we might wish otherwise.

    Interestingly, the October 8, 2009 academic grade printout provided to the student by the County's Sarasota District states that on July 1, 2001, numerical scores needed for given letter grades were reduced about 5%. No explanation was given for why standards were lowered and grades were inflated. Here's the data provided:

    Prior to 7/1/01
    Grade Grade Equivalent Quality Points
    A 94-100 4.00
    B 85 - 93 3.00
    C 77 - 84 2.00
    D 70 - 76 1.00
    F 0 - 69 0.00

    After 7/1/01
    Grade Grade Equivalent Quality Points
    A 90-100 4.00
    B 80 - 89 3.00
    C 70 - 79 2.00
    D 60 - 69 1.00
    F 0 - 59 0.00

    FROM 1987- 88 THROUGH 1996 - 1997
    Grade Grade Equivalent Quality Points
    A 94-100 4.00 (SAME AS FOR PRIOR TO 7-1-2001)
    B 85 - 93 3.00 (SAME AS FOR PRIOR TO 7-1-2001)
    C 75 - 84 2.00
    D 65 - 74 1.00
    F 0 - 64 0.00

    Taking together, the
    - middling Senior writing skills,
    - gross budget/expense misrepresentation and failure to identify management issues, and
    - unexplained grade inflation that may in part show why "performance" has semingly improved,

    I am convinced
    - the supplemental school tax funds will be misused and not explained fairly to voters,
    - the charges of mismanagement and excessive union influence I read about are warranted,
    -Entitlement to the supplemental tax is unwarranted.

    Alex Morris
    2299 Vintage St.
    Sarasota FL 34240
    941-378-5598

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  • Alex Morris
    Sat 6th Mar 2010
    at 1:35pm
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