Minority-owned firms will still be encouraged to bid
By ZEN T. C. ZHENG
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
In picking more than a dozen architectural firms for the 2007 bond projects Monday night, Fort Bend school officials agreed with a school district attorney that minority-owned firms shouldn't be given preferential treatment over any other group.
Carolyn Hanahan, the district's attorney, told the school board that it would be unconstitutional for the district to show favoritism to minority-owned businesses.
Hanahan said she researched the U.S. Constitution and numerous court cases in which judges ruled against the practice of governmental entities awarding jobs to contractors based on their minority status.
"To implement a minority preference program is inappropriate and unconstitutional," she said. . . (follow the link for the entire story at: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/fortbend/news/5454658.html)
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)