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)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Report From FBStar On FBISD "State of the Schools" Luncheon

From Bev's Burner:

"...But since I think lying about lying is a double sin, I’ll just say FBISD Superintendent Tim Jenney simply didn’t give the complete picture.

The occasion was the annual “State of the School” luncheon hosted by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Jenney was discussing FBISD’s progress of the past year.

He told the luncheon audience that FBISD met 25 of the state’s requirements of a “recognized” school district. The impression was left with the attendees that FBISD was “recognized.”

That very day I had looked up the ranking of FBISD and Katy, mainly because I thought Katy handled the President’s recent speech so much better than FBISD. I was pretty sure the TEA web site said Katy was “recognized,” while FBISD was only “academically acceptable.”

Stafford Superintendent H.D. Chambers, during his part of the program, said Stafford met 25 criteria and was “almost recognized.” Dr. Thomas Randle from Lamar CISD didn’t even bother to offer numbers. He simply talked about the technology and his district’s commitment to prepare students to earn a living.

The FBISD board was sitting right behind me, and I turned around and asked board member Susan Hohnbaum if FBISD was really “recognized.”

“No,” she replied, ”We were penalized because of too many drop-outs.”

Get the full article at: http://www.fortbendstar.com/Columns/burner.htm