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HISD for Now

Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey, Jr. was the first pick overall of the 1987 MLB Draft. Name the other player picked in the first round that year who is in the Hall of Fame?

Whoever becomes the next HISD Superintendent better make sure she or he watches the tapes of the HISD meetings so they will know what to expect.   Here is how the Houston Press described the first meeting of the year with some new board members:

In a long, combative night in which accusations of racial bias and unfair privilege were hurled about the room, the Houston ISD school board Thursday elected an all-minority slate of officers led by Manuel Rodriguez, while white trustees impotently hunkered down on the losing side of a series of 5-4 votes. 

New to the board trustee Jolanda Jones, who at first said she wasn’t going to comment much on her first night, could not restrain herself, making it clear who was going to be running things now and that she had little regard for practices and procedures of the past. And they certainly weren’t going to stand in her way.  

“I’m just going to say it because it’s a big white elephant in this room. Certain schools get everything and other schools get nothing. And the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And so I say this: Prior to this board election, the people that were here complaining looked different. This board is majority minority and so what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” said Jones in arguing for more magnet schools.

“Let’s not sit here and pretend that this school board has been fair and that the policies that have been set in place have been followed for all of HISD,” she charged. “Equity matters.”

Here is the entire Houston Press article: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/a-racially-divided-hisd-school-board-kicks-off-2016-8074525.

Of course, the board was also majority minority before this past election. I don’t think this will be a very good superintendent recruitment video. Oh, well.

I watched the debate last night.   Bernie was certainly holding his own. The next two weeks will be interesting.

Craig Biggio of course was the 22nd overall pick by the ‘Stros in the 1987 draft.

The team handed out some hefty pay raises to a few players a few days ago. It would not surprise me if the price of a Saint Arnold goes up.

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