A group of educators from Lanphier High School who came to the Springfield school board to give a status report on a three-year school improvement grant instead stormed out of the meeting after a board member criticized the lack of progress by African-American students.
Board member Judy Johnson questioned why even though overall results are up, black students saw declines in both reading and math last year. Johnson said the school needs to be more focused on educating all students. One teacher responded, "I don't know if you intended to offend us, but you definitely did." Johnson replied, "If you're offended, maybe you need to work harder," prompting the Lanphier contingent to abruptly leave the meeting.
This is the final year of the $6 million Lanphier SIG grant, which has allowed for an extended school day and extra teaching time for struggling students. Lanphier plans to come back to the board early next year with a plan for how to try to continue some of those programs in the absence of the grant money.