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LA Times Responds To Teacher Suicide

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In its story on the suicide of fifth-grade Miramonte Elementary School teacher Rigoberto Ruelas, the LA Times responded to the accusations from teachers union President A.J. Duffy and Ruelas’ family, that the Times’ publishing of “value-added” teacher test scores contributed to Ruelas’ death.

The Times said it extends “our sympathy to his family, students, friends and colleagues,” Nancy Sullivan, Times vice-president of communications, said in a statement. The newspaper published the database, she said, “because it bears directly on the performance of public employees who provide an important service, and in the belief that parents and the public have a right to judge the data for themselves.”

Meanwhile, LA Weekly news editor Jill Stewart thinks that the “pipsqueak, anti-reform, craven, do-nothing, sad-sack” Duffy should resign over his handling of the suicide.

Previously on FBLA: LA Times Implicated in Teacher Suicide

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