HISD bonds under fire again
Families sue district, saying the package is discriminatory
By ERICKA MELLON
Three families have filed a federal lawsuit against the Houston school district, alleging discrimination against poor and minority children and asking a judge to stop the sale of bonds for new school construction.
The lawsuit caps months of opposition, mostly from the city's black community, to the school district's $805 million bond package. The bond won approval in November with 51 percent of the vote.
At a north Houston church on Monday, two mothers, joined by several pastors and politicians who vigorously opposed the bond, announced the lawsuit they filed late Friday against the Houston Independent School District.
"I believe Dr. King once said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,' " Ann Tillis, one of the parents, said of the slain civil rights leader. "And so today I come to serve notice to HISD that no longer will my child, or any child in HISD, be treated with such educational injustice."...(get the full story following the link below)
FBW comment--Is this a pattern in bond use that should be examined here in FBISD?
2009 FBISD Tax Hearing (On YouTube)
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2009 FBISD CONTROVERSIAL TAX HEARING (YES THEY ARE RAISING THEM AGAIN--see petition of over 500 district taxpayers asking for board accountability) --In case anyone missed it they raised the property tax rate again (4th time) in 2010 and more than likely will do so again in 2011 facing another projected 15-20 million dollar budget deficit, according to some media reports. ***NEW*** ..Petition TO STOP THE GSTC (Global Science Museum being planned at the district central office--near $30 million dollar project that superintendent Jenney is pushing): http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stopthegcst/ (see update below on this apparently ending this project after 2 years)