Archive for May 10th, 2016

Lawyering Up

The suspended HISD auditor is arming himself so to speak. He hired former H-Town City Attorney David Feldman. Now he has Feldman and Wayne Dolcefino on his side.

Here is from the Chron’s Ericka Mellon:

An attorney for the Houston Independent School District’s suspended chief auditor said Monday that he thinks the school board removed Richard Patton from his job two months ago in retaliation for blowing the whistle on suspected illegal behavior.

David Feldman, who is representing Patton and previously served as the city of Houston’s top attorney, said he plans to file a whistleblower grievance with the school district this month. Feldman declined to specify what Patton, the district’s chief internal watchdog, will allege but noted state law protects those who report alleged illegal activity in good faith to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

“I’m just hoping the grievance process itself can be meaningful,” Feldman said. “But if it’s not, we’ll just go into the courthouse.

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Lawyer-claims-HISD-chief-watchdog-s-suspension-a-7423955.php.

This just keeps getting more interesting.

And on May 10, Jose Altuve is at the top in three major offensive categories. Care to guess?

Not everyone was on the same page on the passing of Carl Whitmarsh. My good friend Nick Hellyar certainly had something to say.   That’s the way it goes.

Here is what Texas’ Lite Guv put out on the Fort Worth ISD trangender guidelines:

“After less than a year as superintendent, Dr. Scribner has lost his focus and thereby his ability to lead the Fort Worth ISD. He has placed his own personal political agenda ahead of the more than 86,000 students attending 146 schools in the district by unilaterally adopting ‘Transgender Student Guidelines.’ Without any discussion with parents, board members, principals, and other community leaders, Dr. Scribner’s unilateral action, underscores this lack of fitness to hold his position as superintendent. Campus safety should be of paramount concern for anyone in his position. Every parent, especially those of young girls, should be outraged. The State of Texas has an affirmative responsibility to provide a safe environment in the schools where attendance is compulsory. While this may be an example of the need for the Legislature to pass a meaningful School Choice Bill, we must not allow the actions of Dr. Scribner to go unnoticed or unanswered. I call upon the parents within the Fort Worth ISD to take immediate steps to repeal this stealthy scheme and remove Dr. Scribner from his post.”

Here is from a Fort Worth area TV story:

A district official responded by saying the school board and the district had been working on a more inclusive policy since 2014 and drafted a new set of guidelines last summer. The official said Scribner told the school board he signed those guidelines.

“We have enormous confidence in Superintendent Kent P. Scribner, his team and our Board,” school board president Jacinto Ramos, Jr. said in a statement. “We are focused on creating a strong, safe, and productive learning environment for ALL students.”

The district considers the new rules “guidelines,” which do not require a vote by the school board.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

What is the point in Dan Patrick’s involvement?  Stay in your lane dude and let the locals run their business. Stop the meddling, please!

Jose Altuve is tied for the lead in runs score with 31, tied for the lead in doubles with 15, and leads outright in stolen bases with 13 of course. Not bad at all.

That was a nice win last night. The team is playing a lot better.

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