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September 15, 2009

Controversy leads to resignation request

Cason asked to step down by community members

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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.

During his comments a person from the audience shouted “He lies!”

As the lesson plans were presented they did not align with GPS, Cason said.

Checking around with other school systems in the area he found that many chose not to air the speech at its scheduled time and if they did they had provisions where students could opt out of watching the speech.

“Before I did my job as superintendent I had to make sure the lesson plans fit GPS,” he said.

Every school has copies of the speech, both on DVD and VHS; instructors at the schools will now take the speech and lesson plans and align them with GPS to use in the classroom.

“I wanted to find a way to incorporate the lesson plans into GPS,” he said.

Tift County is doing a similar project, Brooks County chose not to air the speech, Thomas County and Thomas City plan to incorporate the speech into lesson plans once it is aligned with GPS, Lowndes County showed the speech with the provision of opting out, Coffee County did not show the speech at all and Lanier County was teacher’s choice with the provision it align with GPS, Cason said.

During Cason’s run down of other school system’s decision a person from the audience shouted, “Those schools are not 80 percent black.”

In addition to the speech being used in the classrooms, all media centers in the system will have copies of the speech available to be checked out, Cason said.

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