A presentation on the progress that resulted from a $6 million school improvement grant at Lanphier High School degenerated into angry words and hurt feelings at Monday’s Springfield school board meeting.
While Lanphier officials tout an overall increase in test scores, board member Judy Johnson complains that black students’ scores dropped last year, and still lag far behind their white peers.
Johnson says all students have to be treated equally. When Lanphier teachers said they were offended by Johnson’s remarks, Johnson replied that if they’re offended, maybe they need to work a little harder.
That prompted the Lanphier group to walk out of the meeting.
This is the last year of that grant, and Lanphier is still working on a plan to retain some of the programs it paid for after it expires.