Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ben Franklin News

You might have seen this headline on Nola.com and wondered what was up. Here's what I've been told:

I don't know how many of you know about the situation that happened with Jodee and her volleyball team this past season. Basically, Jodee and the team have kind of been butting heads all year, and after Franklin lost in the semis, Jodee got told off by some of the players. The The team basically bashed Jodee for an hour telling the interim principal that Jodee is a horrible coach and treated them like shit and the only reason they got anywhere was because they played for each other...yada yada yada.

A course of action has been in limbo for a number of months as Franklin had and interim and not an actual Principal. Now that the new Principal has been hired, a group of the parents from the team went and complained, and Jodee was told that her services were no longer needed.

I don't know if many of you know the history of Franklin Volleyball, but Jodee built that program starting with one ball and a piece of crap net in to one of state championship caliber. While you may not have played on one of her teams, if she has positively impacted your life in any way; I am asking that you email a letter saying so to the new Principal and the Head of the Charter Schools in New Orleans.

The New Principal is Timothy Rusnak: timothy_rusnak@benfranklinhs.org
Duris Holmes is the head of AAEE: dholmes@dkslaw.com


Ashley Cobette
BFHS A'2001

There is also a petition out there.

I didn't know her too well, but I know plenty of people who think the world of her (at least once they were alumni).

Sounds like another way the charter system can be abused (overprotective parents conspire to get a good, but tough teacher fired). Hope that isn't the case.

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