If my advocacy on you and your children’s behalf gets more aggressive, I hope you will understand that I have spent six months ‘preaching’ publicly and privately about the need for the Katy I.S.D. School Board to finally get serious about its duty to understand more about the accountability system and data in order to hold its administration accountable on behalf of parents, taxpayers, students, and classroom teachers.
In other words, after six months if it gets tougher then I want you to know that it started kinder and gentler and with a genuine and positive outreach. Please look at the videos to see if you believe I have been “off base” and to put the future in context if I have to get more aggressive and take steps that are available to me under the law.
As I said at the last Board meeting, it has been six months since my election. In that time, the Board has had less than one total hour of discussion on curriculum or accountability issues. Some 30 minutes of that involved a ‘gibberish’ report REQUIRED by the self-serving, dishonest Texas Education Agency. The other opportunity was highly restricted in time allocation. In other words, in six months, there has been no quality minutes spent by the school board discussing your children’s education.
I sincerely appreciate Board member Charles Griffin’s recognition that the Board has an obligation to improve its performance in this area.
I hope you will take a look at the three videos that are posted in this column. They are each a little over 3 minutes. They are taken from the rare opportunity board members got to speak during a very choreographed approach imposed by former Texas Education Commissioner Mike Moses who directed a so-called ‘team building’ session for board members.
From the time I announced my campaign for the school board way back near the beginning of 2016 until the last board meeting, my primary motivation has been to increase the level of scrutiny and accountability oversight by the Board of Trustees of Katy I.S.D. regarding curriculum accountability. That issue was the absolute focal point of the campaign. I have
not failed to pursue that after being elected.
At the last meeting of the school board, the procedure that seeks to restrict a board member’s constitutional right to speak to the news media (thus the public) came under fairly intense debate. During that meeting, I announced publicly in direct statements to the school board that there was no state law or state regulation that permitted the school board the authority to enforce that procedure.
I noted that since my election, there have been six months of meetings at which the board had spoken about 1 total hour on the topic of curriculum and accountability. 30 minutes of that was some gibberish report REQUIRED by the Texas Education Agency for which I do not blame school administrators or find them at fault in any way for that report.
The reasons that I am publishing these clips now is to let citizens know that my goal has been to encourage the board to take a more aggressive view of its role in obtaining and understanding student academic performance data for the purpose of holding this district accountable above and beyond the deeply flawed state accountability system. In other posts on this website going ‘live’ today, you will also see components of a document I distributed at that meeting
Moreover, I want those who have followed this issue to see the approach I have taken to determine for yourself if I have tried to develop a non-combative, cooperative role with other board board members.
At the last meeting Monday, I also told the board that if they were not going to make it possible to talk about public education with a focus on the education part of that phrase, then I would be talking publicly about it and to the news media if the news media would speak to me.
Today is a part of keeping that pledge. It remains my hope that issues about actual education will work their way onto the board’s agenda. In the meantime, I’ll communicate with you and the news media directly.
In the two other posts that I have released today, there is a statement of principles. Then, there are references to all of the data and the work that is necessary to perfect and implement those principles. More posts will be coming.
I ran a campaign with a very detailed agenda for academic reform and accountability. It’s the school board’s job to do those things that rank and file parents can’t do because they don’t have the time or the experience in dealing with government bureaucracies. Thus, my job is to help you get this done. Time flies and I only have 2.5 years left on the only guaranteed term of office voters have given me. I am not wasting another minute.
Since I have not regularly published on this website for several months, the readership has fallen. I don’t get nearly as many visitors as I once did. I’ll be posting this on my Facebook account as well. If you believe others need to see this series of articles I have posted today, your assistance would be appreciated.