I heard twice today from Blog-Lebo readers wondering whether I have seen a story in the current issue of The Devil's Advocate, the student newspaper at Mt. Lebanon High School, regarding the financial disclosure forms filed or not filed by the current president of the School Board. The disclosure question was aired earlier on this blog. Here's the link
The answer is -- no, I haven't seen the story, and so far as I know, the newspaper isn't online. If this is something in the student paper that the community should see and read, then shoot a copy my way.
Updated (still 2/26): I've now read the story, and I'm impressed by its thoroughness. It's a very nice piece of work by one of Lebo's student journalists, Sarah Mervosh. If you're interested in the topic, I recommend that you track down a copy of the paper.
Updated (now 2/27): I've learned that The Devil's Advocate also published an editorial that condemns the actions of the School Board president, in detail and by name. The editorial was signed by all nine members of the editorial board. In a community that has occasionally argued on this blog that only anonymity protects the right to express strong opinions about local issues, those students have spoken eloquently on their own behalf. I was a student newspaper editor myself, so I know from personal experience that 17-year-olds are capable of publishing a lot of righteous rubbish. I express no opinion on the merits of the editorial. But I do want to publicly commend the students for their courage in putting their names by their positions. Well done.
Update (2/28): The Post-Gazette has picked up the story.
Update (2/29): I've rejected several comments from readers who did not post their own names or provide a way for all readers to identify them. Follow the example set by the Devil's Advocate student editors (and follow the blog's policy, posted on the right column), and sign your name. For anyone wondering about the "righteous rubbish" comment above, I myself published the righteous rubbish -- 30 years ago, as a student journalist and editorial writer. The current DA editorial might be rubbish, or it might be Pulitzer-quality. The news article is quality work. I express no opinion on the merits of the editorial.
Labels: mt lebanon school district, school board