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Hillsborough High principal censors school newspaper

By LETITIA STEIN
Published October 24, 2006


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TAMPA - The principal of Hillsborough High School had the school's newspaper pull an article about the school's achievement gap from the edition that appeared Monday.

Principal William Orr called the content inappropriate, even though it focused on data the federal government publicizes under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Instead of a story and chart, students found a hole in The Red & Black.

"If it's something that has a potential to hurt students' self-esteem, then I have an obligation not to let that happen," he said.

Students were told not to talk about the article.

"It did not condone anything immoral. It didn't talk of drug use or pregnancy or teen violence," said Simone Kallett, the newspaper's features editor. "It was a very fact-based article, and we don't understand why it was pulled."

Censored scores

This information was pulled from the school's newspaper:

Reading at grade level or above:

White students: 69 percent

Black students: 16 percent

Hispanic students: 23 percent

Math at grade level or above:

White students: 84 percent

Black students: 37 percent

Hispanic students: 50 percent

[Last modified October 24, 2006, 09:53:08]


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