By Lucas Wood
HAZLETON - On Friday, the Hazleton Headlines published an article claiming that PA State Representative, Tarah Toohil spoke with the Standard Speaker, suggesting that the HASD school board cut art and music so that Kindergarten could have full day classes, rather than half day ones.
However, those claims weren't entirely true.
On August 11th, the following statement was published in that day's edition of the Hazleton Standard Speaker newspaper:
"While Toohil continues to search for additional funds in Harrisburg, realistically keeping kindergarten for this academic year would require the district to hire 18 teachers and take some $1.5 million out of its general fund. Another alternative would be cutting arts and music programs, which would involve an 11th-hour furlough of teachers, which Toohil acknowledges would also be unpopular and problematic."
The statement led the public - including myself - in believing that Tarah Toohil suggested arts be cut, as well as music programs.
That is not the case.
While it's unclear who specifically proposed the idea, and why the Standard Speaker printed their idea, we can definitely confirm that Tarah Toohil doesn't wish for that to happen.
To make herself even more clear, we'll be conducting an exclusive, sit-down interview with Toohil early next week on HazletonHeadlines.com.
I, Lucas D. Wood, on behalf of the Hazleton Headlines, would like to apologize for not being entirely accurate in our initial article. We pride ourselves being a creditable source for local news, and we work hard every day in backing up our mission statement.
In light of this, we feel even greater compelled to restate our mission statement:
"Mark Twain is noted for saying: 'If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.' Unlike your typical newspaper, the Hazleton Headlines is committed to informing it's readers with factual information. We don't taint our news stories with exaggerated details or flawed specifics. But instead, we were founded upon the beliefs that all news - even if it be good or bad - deserves to be read in it's authentic structure. We don't concern ourselves with what 'sells.' It's about morals, not money."