Thursday, May 29, 2008

EDITORIAL: We prefer to praise SDL but...

Although NewsLanc was born of the Convention Center controversy and has been outspoken in its opposition to the project, our goal is to fill a news and commentary vacuum resulting from the virtual monopoly of the local press. Nevertheless, we find it far more rewarding to praise what is right than to criticize what is wrong.

Our revelation this week of possible falsification of PSSA scores at a local elementary school by officials is done with sadness. Our president has had three children pass through and one attends the School District of Lancaster. We swell with pride and are fast to praise SDL achievements.

Yet it is apparent to us that Superintendent Designate Pedro Rivera will face almost insurmountable problems of incompetence, dysfunction and neglect on the part of certain individuals at various levels of the administration, from headquarters down to the elementary school level.

Over the past few weeks, we have reported and commented upon several important stories significantly before the Lancaster print media. Some stories have gone unreported elsewhere.

It is our hope and expectation that seeing NewsLanc scoop them will influence the business side of the Lancaster Newspapers to stop selective reporting that promotes its general business interests, and instead allow a more aggressive and comprehensive approach to informing the public.