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Student Undercover

Student Undercover

California is broke as a joke. So I guess some school adminstrators decided to save the state some money by conducting their own drug sting. With all the television crime series appearing on prime time these days, it’s a wonder that this haven’t happened sooner, or maybe it has.

Details outlined in the LA Times article below.

LAPD Probes Drug Sting Run By School

Three Porter Middle School administrators were removed from the Granada Hills campus after L.A. Unified learned they had asked a student to buy pot from another student.
By Jason Song
February 26, 2009

Porter Middle School administrators believed a boy was dealing pot on campus. So they allegedly sent a student to buy some.

The sting worked — to a point. The student successfully bought drugs and the administrators at the Granada Hills campus reported the incident to authorities.

But although Los Angeles Police Department officers are investigating the suspected marijuana dealer, they also are scrutinizing the three administrators who allegedly orchestrated the buy, said Michel Moore, an LAPD deputy chief, on Wednesday.

It is a felony to ask a minor to buy drugs.

The administrators have also been reassigned by the Los Angeles Unified School District to positions away from the Granada Hills campus, which was named a California Distinguished School in 2007, while the investigation is ongoing. In a letter to parents, Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said the school’s principal, an assistant principal and dean had been removed.

Nobody has been arrested in the case, although the investigation is ongoing. The student who allegedly bought the drugs is not under criminal investigation, Moore said.

“We wouldn’t expect an administrator to act this way with a student,” he said.

A student told administrators Feb. 18 that a boy was selling marijuana on campus, according to police.

Three administrators, without consulting police or other Porter officials, then asked a student to purchase some drugs. Moore declined to say the amount of marijuana the student bought or how much he paid for it.

After the sting was completed, school officials then reported the incident to the district’s Police Department, which investigated the incident.

Once L.A. Unified officials realized that a student had been involved in the drug buy, they immediately removed the administrators from the campus.

City police began investigating the incident Monday.

The district will pursue all legal measures against the administrators if the allegations are true, said David Holmquist, the district’s chief operating officer, who said he had never heard of a similar situation.

“There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our students,” he said.

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    A Board Of Confusion

    A&T Chancellor Resigns

    A&T Chancellor Resigns

    N.C. A&T Chancellor Stanley Battle announced his resignation Tuesday, citing family and personal reasons.

    His resignation is effective June 30. University officials denied rumors of his resignation throughout the day before issuing a statement confirming his resignation late Tuesday afternoon.

    “It was a shock to me and a shock to the board,” Franklin McCain said. “But when he gave his reasons as family and personal, we have to respect that.”

    Family and personal? Yeah, right! What’s going on at N.C. A&T State University? Why can’t they keep a chancellor? Further more why don’t they want to discuss Battle’s departure?

    Franklin McCain along with David Richmond, Ezell Blair and Jospeh Mc Neil displayed moral strength to withstand the danger of bigotry by initiating the lunch counter sit-in at the Greensboro downtown Woolworths Five and Dime 49 years ago this month. It was a move that could have cost them their lives. Now Franklin declares that he would be lynched if he were to characterize Battles performance during his short tenure as the fourth chancellor since the retirement of Edward Forte in 1999.

    Something seems to be rotten on campus and off. According to the Greensboro News and Record,many sources on campus said they had been told by university officials not to speak with the media. UNC system President Erskine Bowles declined comment. His staff referred questions to the system’s public affairs office who continued to stick with the brief statement of praise and best wishes to Battle.

    Despite the political maneuvering around the media’s inquisition, it is speculated that Battle’s problems started soon after he arrived. Battle who was given his marching orders by a board of trustees led by Franklin McCain sought to increase admissions standards by seeking students with higher grade point averages and higher SAT scores. However he ran into opposition by those who believe A&T, as an historically black university, should accept and work to improve all students who want a college education.

    There is also speculation about Battle’s hands-on management style. Some likened it to micromanagement.

    Before coming to A&T, Battle was president of Coppin State University in Baltimore, vice chancellor for academic and multicultural affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and associate vice president of academic affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University.

    The chancellor whom Battle replaced, James Renick, left in 2006 after seven years to take a job at the Washington-based American Council on Education. In 2007, a state auditor’s report found that the university inappropriately moved $380,000 from a campus vending contract to a discretionary fund for Renick from 2003-2005.

    The financial discrepancies led the Guilford district attorney’s office to ask the State Bureau of Investigation to conduct a criminal investigation. This January, the district attorney announced that no charges would be filed and said neither Renick nor a project manager had violated any laws or enriched themselves.

    Under Renick’s stable administration, the University grew by leaps and bounds in enrollment and physical plant.

    “Stability is extremely important and I hope the next chancellor is able to work with the culture and the politics in Greensboro and Chapel Hill,” said Ralph Shelton, a former chairman of the A&T board. “I think the students deserve better.”
    On November 4, 2008, this country voted for change in Washington D.C. by electing the first U.S. African American President. Perhaps the same is needed in Greensboro and Chapel Hill.

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      Weighing Retribution Against Public Safety

      The following article was published in the St. Petersburg Times. What’s your thought on the death penalty? Register and/or login under comments and sound off.

      Execution Bed

      Execution Bed


      Published Wednesday, February 25, 2009

      As the Florida Legislature looks for ways to save money, the state’s public defenders have an idea worth considering: Suspend the death penalty. It would save the state a fortune.

      Debate about the state’s ultimate punishment usually centers on philosophical issues, not financial ones. But there’s no denying that the death penalty, per prisoner, is an expensive element of the criminal justice system. Once a prosecutor indicates he will seek the death penalty, the meter starts to run and costs escalate:

      • Defendants facing the death penalty must receive two experienced defense lawyers, both with special credentials, according to Howard (Rex) Dimmig, an assistant public defender and spokesman for the Florida Public Defender Association.

      • Trial judges must be specially trained to hear death penalty cases, and then, for every prisoner on death row convicted in their court, a hearing is held every 90 days, according to Pinellas-Pasco Chief Judge Robert Morris.

      • Florida also pays to represent death row inmates in a series of constitutionally prescribed postconviction appeals that often take years.

      • The Florida Supreme Court says it spends 50 percent of its time on death penalty cases.

      • The state spends $3.4 million more per year to house death row inmates than prisoners in the general prison population, according to Dimmig.

      State lawmakers in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and New Hampshire are making the financial argument to repeal the death penalty, the New York Times reports, and Maryland, Montana and New Mexico may actually do it. Don’t expect the pitch to get very far in Florida. But abolishing the death penalty, while still locking up murderers for life without parole, would save taxpayers millions without compromising their security. Vengeance and retribution, it turns out, are a lot more expensive than public safety.

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