The Chron E-Board candidate endorsements continue to be rolled out. Today they endorsed HISD trustee candidates including District 1 Trustee and Board President Anna Eastman. Check out this laurel and hearty endorsement:
District 1: Anna Eastman, the board president, has been a thoughtful leader and a strong advocate for tightening the board’s ethics policy. We heartily endorse her re-election.
Eastman, an HISD parent, joined the board four years ago. She believes that the turnover among the district’s best principals and teachers is too high, and that HISD needs to pay more attention to retaining and developing its staff, and not focus only on non-renewal of low performers: "You can’t fire your way to excellence."
She argues that openness is the best way to fight graft. "Corruption isn’t overt," she says. "You don’t see bad people lurking in the corners. It’s far more subtle, an assumption about the way that influence works. The best way to fight it is to make as much as possible accessible to outside third parties."
About Apollo 20, she says, "The program has noble, worthy origins, and I think it’s done an incredible job at changing school cultures. But it’s very, very expensive. The analysis that we’ve done to date shows that its biggest impact comes from the math tutors, which are the expensive part, but we haven’t seen whether their effects last beyond a year. Are there sustained performance gains?"
Way to go Anna!
The ATL got beat by the Dodgers in the NLDS opener last night. How many World Serious titles does The ATL have?
Talk about running scared. This is from an AP story on AG Greg Abbott saying Wendy Davis supporters worshipped the devil during her filibuster:
"It was a spectacle. There were people walking around the Capitol chanting ‘Hail Satan,’" Abbott said. "I don’t think that’s representative of where mainstream Texas is."
Don’t forget they were also carrying out bags of doo-doo.
Quite a few TV stations across the state covered the Davis announcement live during their 5 pm newscast yesterday. Perception is going to count a lot in this election. Stay tuned and stay engaged!
I think someone over at the nonpartisan local League of Women Voters office forgot they were nonpartisan when they sent out the following tweet right before Sen. Wendy Davis announced:
The ATL has three World Serious titles of course: 1995 in The ATL, 1957 in Milwaukee, and 1914 in Boston.
The ‘Stros sent us a note yesterday saying things would be better next season.