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Mailbag: Harbor should not have to accept CdM cheaters

January 31, 2014

I read of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees' decision in Thursday morning's Daily Pilot ["11 expelled in CdM cheating episode," Jan. 30].

Of course I support this decision. These students had zero conscience and were out to beat the system without having to study and work hard to meet those goals.

My concern is mostly with the position expressed by Newport Harbor High School student, Isabel Jorgensen: I wouldn't want this pack of cheats transferred to my high school either. It is as if NHHS is so much the lesser school that they wouldn't mind taking in the sanctioned cheaters.

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My question to the writers of the article, and not expressed in Thursday's Daily Pilot, is: Do other high schools in the Newport-Mesa district have autonomy enough to not be forced to accept these former CdM students? Can they reject their applications? If yes, and I do hope it is yes, I fully support NHHS in not accepting them as transfer students.

I support Trustee Katrina Foley's intention for an ethics class as a graduation requirement, but I will also add: A sense of ethics and honor begins in the home and finishes in the school environment.

Jacquelyn Beauregard Dillman

Newport Beach

How about ethics classes?

Newport-Mesa School Board Trustee Katrina Foley has proposed a new graduation requirement for all high school students — a minimum of a four-hour class on ethics. Perhaps the parents of Corona del Mar High School students should also be required to attend such a class.

Nora Lehman

Newport Beach

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