Ind. superintendent apologizes for copying Providence mayor’s note

An Indiana school superintendent has apologized to Mayor Angel Taveras of Providence for copying an open letter Taveras wrote. The Journal & Courier of Lafayette, Ind., reported that Destin Haas, superintendent of Benton Community School, wrote an open letter during Teacher Appreciation Week in May that contained language identical to a letter Taveras wrote to local teachers in 2012. Taveras’s letter relates how an elementary school teacher encouraged him to succeed. The newspaper found two other instances when Haas wrote letters containing the unattributed writings of others. Haas told the newspaper that he writes most of his district communications based on examples he finds in books and an e-mail listserv.