July 10, 2012
Payson High School
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Laid off teacher says instructors pressed to not flunk students
During the last week of the school year in May, a daunting 27 percent of the Payson High School (PHS) student body failed one or more classes. Each week, PHS collects the data on how many students fail to determine eligibility for extracurricular activities including sports, music and drama. If a student fails a class, they may not participate.
At the end of the school year and a round of layoffs, Payson High School (PHS) had an empty counseling department, vacated secretary desks and classrooms without a teacher. By the beginning of July, administration had filled most of the unoccupied positions, except for a freshman English teacher and auto shop instructor.