January 18

Investigation launched into abuse claims by ‘Garlic Girls’

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jang also denied any funds had been withheld from the athletes, saying that the team had agreed that prize money would be spent on overseas training and competitions.“We thought it was not right to distribute the prize money to each athlete for private use, because that money was earned as a national team supported by the KSOC and other sports organizations,” he said. “Besides that, money received from non-sports events was all paid to the curlers’ private accounts.”The investigation will begin next week and will include officials from the sports ministry, the national Olympic committee and the team’s home province of North Gyeongsang.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2018 file photo, Kim Eun-jung, of South Korea, throws during their women’s curling final in the Gangneung Curling Centre at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Five-member women’s curling team accused former Korean Curling Federation (KCF) vice-president Kim Kyong-doo of verbal abuse and team coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their private lives to excessive control. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)SEOUL, South Korea — The darlings of South Korea’s Winter Olympics are back in the headlines eight months after their stirring run to a curling silver medal in Pyeongchang.South Korea’s sports ministry on Wednesday announced a joint investigation with the national Olympic committee into allegations by the so-called Garlic Girls of abuse.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The five-member women’s curling team that shot to international renown in February and sparked unprecedented national attention for their sport sent a letter to the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC) last week to outline their allegations.The women, from a remote province famous for its garlic, captured hearts in a country that barely recognized curling before and became sought-after models for commercials.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe attention was so great during the games that their coach took away their cellphones to shield the curlers from any pressure. The Garlic Girls ultimately lost to Sweden in the gold medal match.In the letter, Kim Eun-jung, Kim Seon-yeong and Kim Cho-hee as well as the sisters Kim Yeong-ae and Kim Yeong-mi accused former Korean Curling Federation (KCF) vice-president Kim Kyong-doo of verbal abuse and team coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their private lives to excessive control. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments MOST READ “The human rights of the athletes are being violated,” the athletes, the first Asian team to win a curling silver, wrote. “We’ve reached a point where it has become unbearable.”The curlers also accused coaches of holding back prize money and trying to sideline captain Kim Eun-jung after learning of her plans to start a family.The coaches “tried to rule Kim Eun-jung off the team after she got married in July,” the letter said. “They separated the skip and the team captain’s role to minimize Kim Eun-jung’s status on the team. They also tried not to include Kim Eun-jung in team training.”The players that they no longer wish to work with head coach Kim Min-jung, daughter of Kim Kyung-doo, and her husband, Jang Ban-seok, who is mixed doubles coach. The coaching staff deny the allegations.“Kim Eun-jung had a plan to have a baby, and as a coach, in that case, we need to think about having a new skip,” Jang said in a statement. “We’ve never trained in a way that would lead to a curler being kicked off the team.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: A naked Chiellini photobombs Ronaldo-Bellanova pic Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

January 12

5-year-old girl, grandmother injured during armed home invasion

first_img– at CorentyneBy Andrew CarmichaelPolice in Berbice are on the hunt for a man who allegedly shot a five-year-old and her grandmother after breaking into their home at Number 72 Village, Corentyne in the wee hours of Sunday.Police, in a press report, said the young girl and her grandmother had to seek medical attention at the Skeldon Hospital, where they were treated for alleged gunshot injuries – 13 pellets were removed from the child’s left leg, while the grandmother sustained injuries to her lower abdomen. The incident occurred at Section B, Number 72 Village Corentyne about 03:30h.The ladder that the suspect used to gain access to the inside of the building Investigations revealed that Savitri Hassan and her husband, Rajkumar, along with their granddaughter, were asleep on a mattress on the floor when they were roused by a loud explosion. Upon investigating, they saw a male, who is known to them, fleeing the house and it was then Hassan realised that she and the child were bleeding. The suspect is being sought, the Police release added.Savitri told Guyana Times that after the loud explosion, her granddaughter started to scream. She said at first it was believed that the girl was screaming out of fright, but later it was discovered that she was bleeding.Injured: Savitri HassanShe said the shooter ran out of the house using the back door, which was open.According to her husband, Rajkumar, he was able to recognise the shooter.He told this publication that he was awakened by the explosion and quickly got up as he realised that there was someone in the house.According to him, when he looked through the bedroom door, he saw a man who is known to him (his neighbour). According to Rajkumar, at the time there was light in the house enabling him to see clearly. There were five adults in the house along with the five-year-old and two babies at the time of the incident.According to the 47-year-old Rajkumar, the intruder used a ladder to climb through an opening between the top of the wall and the roof of the house to gain entry.Before the shot was fired, the suspect opened the back door of the house in order for him to have a quick escape.Rajkumar said that the house was destroyed by a fire in March 2014 and he was in the process of rebuilding it and he had a little more work to do in order to have it completed and secured.Meanwhile, his wife claimed that the suspect had made threats before and had burnt a clothes line in her yard previously.Those incidents were both reported to the Police and there was little action taken, the woman told this newspaper.According to her, the reports were made on October 21 and 22 at the Skeldon Police Station.She said three Community Policing Group (CPG) officers went to make the arrest and they were confronted by a cutlass-wielding man and had to abort the probe.Following an outburst by the suspect in October, Savitri said she enquired from her neighbour what the issue was and she was allegedly told that her husband was peeping at the suspect’s wife in their house.Guyana Times was taken to the backyard and shown the distance between the Hassan’s yard and the suspect’s house and also the high vegetation surrounding the house where the suspect lives.The woman explained that her husband was in the backyard on that day to patch holes in the fence in order to prevent his chickens from leaving the yard.Savitri says she is living in fear and is of the belief that had the Police acted on the initial reports, Sunday’s incident could have been avoided.She said even though it appeared that the Police have now taken serious action in making real efforts to apprehend the suspect, until they do and the suspect remains at large, the family would continue to live in fear.last_img read more

January 10

Russian team struggles to shape up ahead of finals

first_imgSince the arrival of the moustachioed strategist in August last year, the team continues to disappoint with rare victories dotted between defeats.“Landing in an easy group at the World Cup is an illusion,” Cherchesov said in an interview published by Russia’s Football Union.Out of 17 matches under his watch, Russia have won six and lost just as many, with some embarrassing defeats such as a 2-1 loss against Qatar in November 2016.The former international goalkeeper has tried to diversify the team’s tactics. But forcing older players to retire – a decision not welcomed by all fans – and blooding less experienced youngsters has failed to do the job.Even drafting in more foreign players has not improved the situation. Lokomotiv Moscow’s Brazilian keeper Guilherme Marinato debuted for his adopted homeland in 2016 after receiving Russian citizenship.He was followed by two German players of Russian origin, Roman Neustadter and Konstantin Rausch, as well as CSKA’s Brazilian midfielder Mario Fernandes, with the additions planned with 2018 in mind.– Young hopefuls –Russia’s coach Stanislav Cherchesov (L) leads the team ahead of a friendly match against Argentina, at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, on November 11, 2017 © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVYet for outside observers, Russia remain an improving team. During Euro 2016 in France, six of Russia’s best players were over 30 and the team lacked any decent tactics or style.By integrating younger players with potential that his predecessor ignored, Cherchesov revitalised a group that can finally play as a team.During matches against Belgium and Spain this year, both of which ended in 3-3 draws, the Russians were able to recover from trailing by two goals.“I saw no fear in the eyes of the Russian players,” former CSKA Moscow coach Valery Gazzaev said of the games, adding that Russia “learned more from two matches against Argentina (a 1-0 loss) and Spain than from all previous friendly matches”.Cherchesov sees another reason for satisfaction.“When we talk about the players, we are still talking about football,” he explained, a few weeks after Zenit player Alexander Kokorin rejoined the national team.Kokorin, 26, was suspended in July 2016 after a video emerged from a Monte Carlo nightclub where he and team-mate Pavel Mamaev allegedly spent $296,000 on champagne following Russia’s humiliating Euro 2016 performance.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov called it “a shameless display of conceit”. But 18 months later, Kokorin is enjoying his best season to date.– Aiming for the quarter-finals –The Russian team will kick off at the World Cup with some certainties. Cherchesov has already boasted about his defence, which will include Viktor Vasin (CSKA Moscow), Fedor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan) and Georgiy Dzhikiya (Spartak Moscow).Veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, capped 113 times by Russia, will play alongside his CSKA Moscow team-mate Alan Dzagoev and Spartak Moscow midfielder Denis Glushakov.The arrival of the Miranchuk brothers, who both play for Lokomotiv Moscow, breathed new life into the team.Russia are waiting to see their best strikers Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar) and Kokorin finally be reunited on the pitch. Until now, Cherchesov has favoured the Krasnodar attacker.To test themselves, Russia will play another friendly against Brazil in March. They will also need to reconcile with their loyal, but disappointed supporters. In July 2016, 500,000 Russians signed an online petition to dissolve the national team.Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has set a goal of reaching the quarter-finals at next year’s tournament.That would already be an achievement, with Russia yet to advance beyond the first round in three World Cup appearances — in 1994, 2002 and 2014 — since the fall of the USSR.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russia’s national football team head coach Stanislav Cherchesov leading a training session at Moscow’s Eduard Streltsov Stadium © AFP/File / Yuri KADOBNOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Nov 30 – Appointed as Russia’s new coach right after their Euro 2016 disaster, Stanislav Cherchesov knew he was facing an uphill task. Now he has seven months to turn next year’s World Cup hosts into viable opponents.Russia will take the top slot in the first pot of teams at the finals draw on Friday as hosts, but at 65th in the world they are the lowest ranked of the 32 nations taking part in next year’s tournament.last_img read more

January 6

Aurier, Son strike as Spurs down Brighton

first_imgMauricio Pochettino’s side hit the woodwork twice before South Korea forward Son’s glancing header in the 87th minute was deflected in to seal the three points.Tottenham remain unbeaten in the league at Wembley since the opening game of the season and, after so much talk of a curse at their temporary home, have now won five of their past six games there.Brighton, managed by former Tottenham defender Chris Hughton, have hit a rocky patch, taking only one point from a possible 15 to leave them firmly in the relegation fight.After only three minutes Son had beaten Ezequiel Schelotto on the left and seen a well-hit shot towards the near post blocked by Shane Duffy, and it looked like being an uncomfortable evening for the visitors.Anthony Knockaert cut in from the right and set off on an ambitious diagonal run that lifted Brighton spirits but when the ball eventually reached Jose Izquierdo, their record signing, his shot looped well over the crossbar.But they soon found themselves under pressure. Gaetan Bong failed to pick up Aurier as he ran onto a cross and although the Brighton defender blocked the Ivorian’s shot at the expense of a corner, it was a warning that the promoted side could not afford to relax.In the 25th minute, Erik Lamela, on his first start of the season, just failed to reach a cross from Aurier, and Son scooped the ball high over the bar from a yard or so out after Lewis Dunk and Harry Kane had both missed Harry Winks’s cross from the left.Brighton had little to offer at that point except dogged defending and some blatant time-wasting.– Fluke goal –Tottenham, though, were not as incisive as they can be and shots from Kane and Moussa Sissoko, although on target, caused Ryan few problems.In the end, it was a fluke goal that broke Brighton’s resistance five minutes before half-time.Aurier crossed from the right just as he was fouled by Izquierdo, and the impact may have affected the fullback’s aim, as the ball’s flight seemed to be too close to goal.The referee’s assistant flagged furiously, which may have distracted Ryan, who was unable to prevent the ball dipping past his outstretched hand and into the top corner of the net.Brighton’s lack of firepower suggested that it would be difficult for them to get back into the game, and they could have been 2-0 behind and down to 10 men after 51 minutes.Kane’s low shot was parried by Ryan into the path of Son, whose follow-up effort appeared to be blocked by the arm of Duffy, but Son had strayed offside.Almost immediately a shot by Lamela was deflected onto the foot of the post by Duffy, and the Argentina winger was unlucky again on the hour when flagged offside as a pass from Kane reached him.Brighton might have equalised with 20 minutes left when a blocked pass fell for Tomer Hemed to hit a volley on the turn but it was too close to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Ryan then turned Kane’s 25-yard free-kick onto the post.But he could not keep the ball out when Son’s diving header from Christian Eriksen’s free-kick bounced in off Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min (R) celebrates scoring with his teammate Serge Aurier during their match against BVB Borussia Dortmund at the BVB Stadion in Dortmund, Germany on November 21, 2017 © AFP / John MACDOUGALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 14 – Goals from Serge Aurier and Son Heung-Min fired Tottenham to a 2-0 victory against Brighton that moved them into fourth place in the Premier League on Wednesday.Although nowhere near their best, Tottenham led thanks to Ivory Coast right-back Aurier, who scored a freak first goal for the club after 40 minutes with a cross that deceived Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.last_img read more

December 30

CREDITORS MEETING DATE SET FOR GLENEANY HOUSE LIMITED

first_imgA CREDITORS’ meeting has been called following the closure last December of a well-known Letterkenny Hotel.The Gleneany House Hotel in the town shut its doors with the loss of 15 jobs.A creditors’ meeting will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny next Friday, April 8th, at 9.30am. When the hotel closed, owner Paul Kelly, said he had no choice but to close the 25 bedroom family-run business.He said at the time: “Today is a very sad day for the entire Kelly family and for me personally, as Gleneany House has been a major part of my life for almost 20 years, but due to very tough trading times, it is no longer economically possible to remain open.“I would like to thank everyone for supporting us down through the years, our customers, suppliers and most importantly, our loyal committed and hard working staff past and present,” he said.Gleneany House Hotel in Letterkenny had been open for the past 20 years and had enjoyed a solid reputation in hotel circles and particularly with tourists from Belfast. CREDITORS MEETING DATE SET FOR GLENEANY HOUSE LIMITED was last modified: March 29th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:April 8thcreditors meetingGleneany House Hotelletterkennylast_img read more

December 28

MORE THAN 400 PROTEST AT ‘DEATH’ OF NOWDOC SERVICE

first_imgThe Grim Reaper marches down Letterkenny Main Street to mark the death of the NowDoc service. Pic by Northwest Newspix.More than 400 protesters marched behind a coffin in Letterkenny today to protest at what is being described as the downgrading of the NowDoc service locally.The current service operates from three centres across north and west Donegal in Letterkenny, Carndonagh and Derrybeg.However, under a new trial the HSE wants to close the Carndonagh and Derrybeg centres and put an extra doctor on call for those regions based in Letterkenny. Actors Niall Eachmharcaigh and Hughie Beag O Duibheannaigh from TG4’s drama Ros na Run re-enacted the death of the NowDoc health service at Letterkenny’s Market Square.The death of NOwDoc is re-anacted.Pic by Northwest Newspix.A vocal crowd carrying placards then marched down the town’s Main Street to the current NowDoc centre at Oldtown in Letterkenny.Among the public representatives present were TDs Dinny McGinley, Charlie McConalogue, Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Thomas Pringle as well as local county councillors Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig, John Campbell and Gerry McGonagle.Government TD Deputy Dinny McGinley asked people not to rush to judgement. “We’re in the middle of trial period. We’ll have to see what comes of it but people are anxious and they will always be anxious when there are changes to healthcare,” he said.He added that he refused to blame the government.Some of the crowd which attended today’s protest rally.Amongst those who came to protest was Eamon Greene, 67, who walked a mile on the protest using crutches.Mr Greene, from Gaoth Dobhair, said he would be dead if it not for the NowDoc service.“I would have been dead but the NowDoc service. I collapsed twice and I live 45 minutes from Letterkenny. “If I had been waiting for a doctor from Letetrkenny, I would have been dead. These changes cannot b allowed to happen,” he said.His sentiments were echoed by Gerard McElhinney, 54, who suffers from spinal problems and also uses crutches.And county councillor Gerry McMonagle warned that the plans will have widespread implications.“People in Letetrkenny might not think this has any affect on them but if the service in Letterkenny is being stretched to the west and north of the county, it may leave the town without cover.” MORE THAN 400 PROTEST AT ‘DEATH’ OF NOWDOC SERVICE was last modified: August 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalletterkennyNowDocprotestlast_img read more

December 27

PICTURE SPECIAL – OPENING OF DONEGAL SPORTING HEROES EXHIBITION

first_imgThe grand opening of the Donegal Sporting Heroes Exhibition and Ulster Sports Museum took place at the Donegal County Museum on Friday last.The two exhibitions celebrate sporting heroes from Donegal and Ulster. Visitors can see sporting memorabilia, photographs and information boards charting the rise of legendary sports stars.The exhibitions cover a wide range of sporting fields: from All Ireland GAA winners to World Champion Tug of War teams. It is hoped that the displays will inspire a new generation of sporting heroes.Brendan Hone, Anne Marie Ward, Maire Kelly, Brian Anderson, Paddy Doherty and Frankie Doherty at the openingCorner Exhibition CaseDanny Mc Daid, Toni Kelly and Myles SweeneyJosie Murray , Myles Duggan and Eamonn CoyleMayor Ian Mc Garvey with World Champion Tug Of War Team from Clonmany and Eamonn Coyle , former Super Heavyweight BoxerTea , Coffee or Football Special!Myles Sweeney ,Anne Marie Ward and Brendan Boyce with his Participants medal for 2012 London Olympics.Michael Crossan from Donegal Community Games and guests at opening PICTURE SPECIAL – OPENING OF DONEGAL SPORTING HEROES EXHIBITION was last modified: September 16th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PICTURE SPECIAL – OPENING OF DONEGAL SPORTING HEROES EXHIBITIONlast_img read more

December 26

‘Chelsea should reject any offer for Hazard – even a world-record £200m’

first_img RANKED 1 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Dorigo believes Chelsea should not sell Eden Hazard even if Real Madrid offered a world-record £200m.Hazard’s future is currently up in the air. Madrid are targeting a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and the Belgian’s impressive World Cup has made him the favourite to fill the vacancy.The 27-year-old has made it clear on several occasions that he wants to play for the Spanish giants one day, and without Champions League football at Stamford Bridge, many expect his six-year Blues career to end this summer. LIVING THE DREAM targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST TRANSFER NEWS moving on targets But Dorigo, who made 146 league appearance for Chelsea, argued that the club must resist any offer from Madrid for Hazard, no matter how astronomical.The former defender told talkSPORT: “I don’t think they should [sell him], but I think they will.“£200m is a heck of a lot of money, but apart from Luka Modric, Hazard was the best player at the World Cup.“He’s 27 years of age. Over the last two years he’s been the best player in the league. And when he’s on form, he’s unstoppable.“Some players you can’t defend against, he’s one of those.“It’s a statement of intent from Chelsea. Do they want to be the very, very best? Or do they want to be close? Hazard’s one of those players you need.” LATEST IN DEMAND Hazard won the Silver Ball at the World Cup REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

December 25

HISTORY MAKERS AS ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE SET UP ALL-DONEGAL MacLARNON CUP FINAL

first_imgST Eunan’s College gaelic footballers have set up an all-Donegal final for this year’s MacLarnon Cup.The Letterkenny lads put on a masterful display in Garvaghey, Co Tyrone, tonight to ease past Belfast’s St Malachy’s College in the semi-final of the tournament.It sets up a mouth-watering final clash with Colaisti Inis Eoghain who won their semi-final last week. St Eunan’s dominated right through the game, winning 4-10 to 0-05 with goals from David Tyrell, Niall O’Donnell, Dara McDaid and Rory Carr.Fifteen-year-old corner forward O’Donnell was our man of the match, with a superb display from McDaid. HISTORY MAKERS AS ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE SET UP ALL-DONEGAL MacLARNON CUP FINAL was last modified: February 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MacLarnon CupSaint Eunan’s CollegeSt Malachy’s College Belfastlast_img read more

December 25

Special-education exit exam legislation vetoed

first_img In his veto statement, the governor said the Bass bill would have sent a message to “students, parents, teachers and administrators that we do not expect students to achieve at the highest levels.” The special-education bill was opposed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell because it altered the terms negotiated by his office and the attorneys for the students. Among other changes, the legislation extended the one-year delay to two years. “It’s clear the governor has high expectations for all students,” O’Connell said. “The governor’s veto says we won’t lower standards.” The students in the class of 2006 are the first required to pass the California High School Exit Exam before they can receive a diploma. Results for the exit exam released earlier this month showed that half of the roughly 35,000 special education students in this year’s senior class had not passed the math section. About 45 percent have yet to pass the English portion. About 53 percent of special-education students in the class of 2006 have failed to pass both the math and English portions of the exit exam. O’Connell’s staff said they will have three more tries before graduation. “It’s really a terrible day for students with disabilities in California,” said Roger Heller, a staff attorney with the Oakland-based advocacy group. He said he expects the delay to happen, despite the veto, because “there are significant problems” with how the state has been educating students with special needs. In the meantime, he said, “this is going to require litigation, which is time-consuming and costly. And you’re talking about tens of thousands of kids that face a great deal of uncertainty.” O’Connell said lawmakers could take up the issue again in January as an urgency measure. If approved, it would take effect before the end of the school year. The settlement allowed for special-education students in the class of 2006 to request an exemption. The students would have to show they have taken the exit exam at least twice since their sophomore year and at least once during their senior year. They also would have to take remediation classes if offered by their district. Schwarzenegger said the version passed by lawmakers altered the legal settlement and would “send the wrong message” to special education students. The bill would have doubled the length of the delay from one year to two. Instead of requiring students to take remedial courses during their senior year, the bill only would have required school districts to offer those classes. The exit exam has come under fire from some education groups and legislators, who say it also discriminates against students who attend lower-achieving schools and those for whom English is not their primary language. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Friday that would have given special-education students a reprieve from the state’s high-stakes exit exam. The bill would have implemented a legal settlement between the California Department of Education and the Oakland-based Disability Rights Advocates, which filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of special-education students. The bill sent to the governor by the Legislature differed from the settlement, however, and drew objections from the state’s school superintendent. Schwarzenegger also vetoed a bill that would have eased the exit exam rules by allowing high school students to graduate without passing the test if they instead passed an alternative performance assessment. Assemblywoman Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, said her bill would have made California’s requirements consistent with 27 other states. last_img read more