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Scapegoat: How Supt. Michael Hinojosa Escaped Blame in the Dallas ISD Credit Card Scandal

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, September 20, 2007

By Jim Schutze Dallas Observer

Published: September 20, 2007

  • Michael Hinojosa had two years to clean up the credit-card mess.

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Dallas ISD Board Meeting Today Behind Closed Doors Might Violate Texas Open Meetings Act

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A scheduled Dallas ISD meeting of Trustees today raises several questions about the legality of the meeting under the Texas Open Meetings Act.

The Texas Open Meetings Act was passed to protect the right of the public to observe and be fully informed about public business conducted by public bodies.

A discussion of Trustee differences clearly falls within the concept of public business since the discussion relates to the differences of elected Trustees acting in their official role as Trustees.

Any such discussion should be open and public – not secret and hidden.

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Posted in African American Politics, Black Politics, Dallas Achieves, Dallas Education, Dallas Elected Officials, Dallas ISD, DISD, DISD Trustees, Education, Jack Lowe, Politics, Public Education, Texas Open Meetings Act, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »

DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa Live Chat Reveals 3 Undisclosed Meetings With Mayor Tom Leppert

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, August 25, 2007

12:33 PM CDT on Thursday, August 23, 2007 Dallas Morning News
News Chat Moderator: Hey, everyone. Welcome to today’s chat. Dr. Hinojosa is available to answer your questions, so feel free to start asking!

From E-mail: From Norton Rosenthal: Tom Leppert ran for Mayor saying he wanted to partner with DISD, at the least, be a bully pulpit, if nothing else, for DISD; to support and help DISD in your goal to become the best urban school district in the country.My question is: since he was elected, have you talked to the Mayor, have you and Tom Leppert met? Any plans to get together on a regular basis? How can the city government help DISD? What help would you like to get from the city and its government?

Dr. Michael Hinojosa: I have met with Mayor Leppert three times since he got elected and none of those meetings were media events, which I appreciate. Mayor Leppert spent two hours on a Sunday evening at my executive leadership team retreat outlining specific ideas how we could collaborate. More details will be available in the coming months but I am excited about continuing to partner with the city

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(DBB Note: Why is the Dallas ISD Superintendent having secret/private meetings with the elected Mayor of Dallas without the prior knowledge and approval of the full elected Board of Trustees? The appropriate body for an elected Mayor to meet with or to discuss official school district business can only be the elected Board of Trustees of the District – not the appointed administrator in secret. This appears to be an improper end run around the elected Board of Trustees.)

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Dallas ISD Facilities/Bond Date Meeting Adjourned Without Official Board Decision

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, August 18, 2007

Dallas ISD Board Meeting JackLowed …

The local news headline was “DISD postpones vote on school construction bonds”…

This is not a factually accurate statement.

The same news account states: “Trustees did not vote Tuesday…”

If Trustees did not vote, what official Board action postponed the vote?

What actually happened is the full Board took no action at all – to postpone or not postpone a vote.

Jack Lowe, Board President of Dallas ISD, in effect postponed the potential bond election date on Tuesday without an official decision or proper deliberation by the full Board.

Eric Anderson, COO-Business Services Division, first indicated that Craig Reynolds, local architect, was appointed by Jack Lowe to the Facilities Task Force. He further indicated that Craig Reynolds was appointed Committee Chairman by Supt. Michael Hinojosa, a position he also previously held during the same process conducted before the 2002 Bond Program.

After the Facilities Task Force update report was completed by the Chairman Craig Reynolds, Jack Lowe abruptly adjourned the Board meeting.

There was no motion to adjourn made or requested from Board members sitting as a quorum.

The Board was not asked what action it wished to take on the Facilities Task Force update report – if anything.

Instead, there was just a quick and unexpected adjournment by the Board President.

Trustee Lowe, acting as Board President, has no authority to arbitrarily end a called Board meeting without allowing full Board decision-making regarding the agenda item.

The rights of each Board member to represent the citizens who elected each of them (even those who might not care about making Board decisions properly) were violated by this unexpected adjournment with no clear Board decision.

Decisions of the Dallas ISD Board require formal action (not assumptions or private belief) – even if the decision is not to decide.

The public interest in democratic decision-making was not well served by this arbitrary action by the Board President.

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