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The community is uniting to help catch the criminals who desecrated a piece of Montgomery history. The vandalism of Rosa Parks' home angered many across the city and hundreds have donated in an effort to help find those responsible. Crimestoppers is hoping a bigger reward will crack the case.More >>
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U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group's fugitive leader.More >>
U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group's leader.More >>
A teacher who brought a controversial test to his Advanced Placement Psychology class at a Caldwell County High School has been suspended without pay for three days.
The teacher, who was not named, brought a so-called "Chitling Test" for his students to take as they discussed cultural bias in testing. The "Chitling Test" was developed more than 40 years ago by an African-American Professor to highlight the marked gap and bias in intelligence tests.
It was supposed to focus on street language at the time but was dismissed by most of the academic community as racist. The test was given to the students at West Caldwell High School on Wednesday.
Tina Wilson found out about it and contacted school officials. "I think it is just insulting," she said Thursday as she looked over the test. "It is disrespectful to the black community," she said.
Wilson is in a mixed race family and says the test only fans the flames of racial tensions. School Superintendent Dr. Steve Stone agrees. "It is unacceptable to have that in our schools," he said.
Stone launched an investigation Thursday morning to not only look into what happened the day before at West Caldwell High, but to, as he put it, "Weed out and make sure things like this don't make their way to the classroom again." He called it a "terrible mistake" and promised to fix the situation.
"We have come a long way in race relations in this county but there is still room to improve," he said. Stone hopes the incident will spark meaningful discussions that could turn this situation into a positive for the community.
Wilson said the teacher needs to be held accountable for what happened. "I think the teacher, at the very least, owes the students and the public an apology."
In addition to the suspension handed down late Thursday, their teacher will have to apologize to the class and undergo sensitivity training.
Stone said whatever the motives may have been on the part of the teacher "It is not appropriate in 2014."
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