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Monday, February 27, 2006

Upper St Clair School Board Members Bear False Witness

Not surprising for Edwatch supporters. Spork in the Drawer has a roundup of today's news coverage of this farce.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that School Board member, Mark Trombetta, who had endorsed the Edwatch slate of candidates wrote an email that claimed the slate of candidates had no intention of dismanteling the IB program.

With three days left in a general election campaign filled with what he called unmatched political rhetoric, Upper St. Clair school board member Mark Trombetta sent an e-mail to an unknown number of "friends and neighbors."

In that e-mail Nov. 5, Dr. Trombetta accused some school board candidates of "spreading misinformation and outright lies" and said he hoped to correct some of those "mistruths." First on his list: rebutting a rumor that the school district's International Baccalaureate program was slated to be axed.

"There is NO TRUTH to that rumor," Dr. Trombetta wrote in underlined, bold-faced capital letters. The program was up for review by administrators and board members, "as all programs in the district are re-evaluated. Any rumor to the contrary is a mistruth."

Three months later, Dr. Trombetta and four other board members who ran last fall on a slate he supported voted to eliminate the program that, in November, he'd called "a distinguishing characteristic of our district which enhances our mission of education."

That vote, taken Monday night before an emotional crowd of about 1,000 people, most of them IB supporters, came after a week of hastily mobilized protests by students and residents who support the intensive course of instruction available to students in elementary, middle and high school.

Trombetta is so busted.