The School Board this week echoed the sentiments of school board members, administrators and superintendents across the state by encouraging the defeat of Amendments
5 on the Nov. 8 ballot. Amendment 1 deals with delaying the start of the legislative session until March. Currently, it begins in February. Amendment 5 deals with limited casinos. Austin said educators are opposing that issue because it will take some business away from the state's lottery, which helps fund some education programs, and casinos can draw a criminal element into the state.
A comment made by Superintendent Carl Austin on Tuesday about educators being held to a higher ethical standard than "doctors, lawyers or Indian chiefs" was made in response to a supporter of suspended teacher Richard DaSilva who said that "doctors, lawyers or Indian chiefs" would get a second chance.