St. Francis School Board member in trouble for plagiarism
What happens when an elected official plagiarizes? It was an issue the St. Francis School Board had to address for one of its own Sept. 24 when it censured Boardmember Matt Rustad.
In the September issue of the district’s monthly publication, The Courier, Rustad submitted a column that was pulled nearly word for word from a blog.
After publishing Rustad’s opinion column, the district started getting calls and emails from teachers and residents of the district.
Most of the 500-word column was taken word for word from an August 2010 Iste Community Ning blog entry by Vernon Smith, technology director of Socorro Consolidated School in New Mexico. See more in Tammy Sakry’s ABC Newspapers story.