Rose said Cason’s reasons for not showing the speech were that it did not align with the Georgia Performance Standards that are the basis for school lesson plans and that the speech and the lesson plans provided would cut into instructional time.Valdosta Daily Times - Controversy leads to resignation request
“Let us be clear,” Rose said. “We read the President’s speech, and at no time did he propose lesson plans before, during, or after his speech, as claimed by Dr. Cason. He never mentioned lesson plans. Never.”
Rose went on to say that any offer to show the speech later is not acceptable, he said.
“Here is what I know, here is what you know, here is what the hundreds of people here and out in the street know,” Rose said. “If Dr. Cason were black and 80 percent of the school children in his district were white, and he arbitrarily decided not to allow white children to watch a white president’s ‘back to school’ speech,’ and whites came here tonight in the numbers that blacks have come to protest, he would resign, or be fired. And we are here to demand no less.”
Rose got a standing ovation after his address to the board.
Cason then responded to what he called “allegations and accusations.”
He said that he received notification of the speech only several days before it was scheduled to be shown.
Cason went on to say that lesson plans were included to be used before, during and after the speech.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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