Tag: School boards

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Pa. school officials allowed to resign amid furor over texts

Yolanda Beattie reacts to the Coatesville Area School District school board meeting in Coatesville, Pa., on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Superintendent Richard Como and and the high school’s athletic director, Jim Donato, used district-owned cell phones to exchange a series of “shockingly racist” text messages in June. Both resigned abruptly during the first week of school and the school board accepted their resignation after 3 hours of public comment by parents, residents, and students. (AP Photo/Daily Local News, Vinny Tennis) COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A southeastern Pennsylvania school board allowed two top administrators to resign despite calls to terminate them following allegations that they exchanged racist and sexist text messages on their district cellphones.

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DA: Racist texts on Pa. school officials’ phones, parents demand firings

Coatesville Area School District Superintendent Richard Como and Athletic Director Jim Donato by Michael RubinkamAssociated Press Two officials at a large southeastern Pennsylvania school district exchanged “shockingly racist” text messages on district phones, a prosecutor said Monday. Prosecutors learned of the messages during an investigation into the Coatesville Area School District, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan told The Associated Press. “The text messages that we reviewed were of a shockingly racist nature,” he said. “They looked like something from 1813, not 2013.”