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YouTube video of school board meeting sparks controversy
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011 16:45 PM

A parent attending a school board meeting in January posted a video on YouTube that has sparked a controversy on everything from racism to scores on the Stanford Achievement Test.

The debate began when Evanston school board member Tracy Quattrocki questioned whether or not the scores from a recent Stanford Achievement Test best represented student performance for the number of groups the board was looking at, according to Education Week.

After Quattrocki spoke, the Evanston, Illinois superintendent Hardy Murphy gave a response that shocked everyone by singling out African-American students. Murphy was trying to defend the use of the Stanford Achievement Test, however ended up creating an even bigger controversy.

The Daily Northwestern reports that once people watched the board video, they were unnerved by Murphy's comments, as they were unnecessary.

"I watched it, and I was appalled by the deplorable behavior," Evanston parent Becket Strom told the news provider. "I thought, a lot of people probably haven't seen these board meetings, so I decided to post them on YouTube."



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