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Local Racial Divide

When the Astros and Yankees played at The Yard in the Inaugural Game back on March 30, 2000, how many then future Hall of Famers played that evening?

Where is H-Town’s grown-ups? Commentary is talking about the racial divide over at the HISD Board of Education. This is 2019 in the country’s most diverse city and we are dealing with this crap? Sorry folks, we can’t be celebrating our diversity while allowing this crap to go on. Here is from today’s Chron:

Houston ISD’s pursuit of a permanent superintendent will continue after trustees rejected a motion Thursday to suspend the search amid a recently launched state investigation into potential violations of open meetings laws.

Trustees voted 5-3 to continue the search for a permanent leader to replace former superintendent Richard Carranza, who left the district in March 2018 to become chancellor of New York City public schools. Three trustees who favored suspending the effort argued the district cannot attract qualified candidates with the looming threat of sanctions tied to the state investigation, while the five opponents argued the district should push forward despite the inquiry.

“I promised my community that I would do a superintendent search, and that’s what I’m following.” said HISD Board President Diana Dávila, who voted against suspending the search.

And this:

The three trustees who supported suspending the search — Wanda Adams, Jolanda Jones and Rhonda Skillern-Jones — have all advocated for permanently retaining Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan, arguing she has proven her ability to lead the district.

And then this:

“I cannot imagine that a highly qualified candidate who is rational and sane would come here in the face of uncertainty, when they may not have a job soon,” Skillern-Jones said.

The five trustees who voted against the motion Thursday — Dávila, Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca, Sergio Lira, Elizabeth Santos and Anne Sung — have pushed for a nationwide search. Trustee Sue Deigaard, who previously supported giving Lathan a short-term contract and simultaneously conducting a nationwide search, abstained from Thursday’s vote, telling her colleagues she is “not going to be part of this divide anymore.”

“We all need to figure this out and not continue to be divisive on this subject,” Deigaard said.

Here is the entire piece on this crap: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/HISD-trustees-vote-to-continue-superintendent-13618448.php?src=hp_totn.

Someone I respect told me the other day that Deigaard just ought to step forward and call for TEA to step in immediately.

It’s 2019 and this is going on.  This is a sad.

I sure hope Amazon doesn’t come to H-Town and try to pull a fast one on us.

Hall of Fame greats Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell played in the 2000 Inaugural Game of course. Do did Derek Jeter and he will get into the Hall of Fame soon. The Rocket also played and maybe he will get in too.

Spring Training is happening.

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