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Monday, July 14, 2014

Saving Face is not "Good Faith"



What a difference a lone African American School Board Member Makes

The spin is in.

Let's get one thing straight right off the bat,  HCS BOE vice president Laurie McCaulley's decision to cancel her community conversations masquerading as "a community workshop on desegregation", was not done in "good faith", but rather,  a firm judge who saw through the ruse and  slammed the sham. 
"It was my intention to present the opportunity for citizen engagement in a forum that the public could embrace and the court would consider meaningful and transparent," McCaulley said. 
"As an elected official, I would never intentionally do anything that would jeopardize the integrity of the judicial process," she continued. "Therefore, in the spirit of good faith, the... work session will be canceled."
It is troubling when elected officials would rather lie than be honest with the public.  For example, McCaulley said it was her intention to present the opportunity for citizen engagement in a forum that the public could embrace, and the court would consider meaningful and transparent,  when they have a policy that violates the civil rights of citizens.
In their haste to revive a stale scandal  (redEYE roll) the media failed to report  the HCS BOE violated the civil rights of a constituent by not allowing them to question the BOE unless it was written down and filtered through a mime.  That's right, those who make the rules, get to break the rules.  Again.  But hey, look at that bright, shiny, object over there!
This same board member said the BOE was under a gag order when they weren't.
 The U.S. Department of Justice says that there was no need for months of secrecy surrounding plans to close Butler High and redraw zone lines across Huntsville. 
In fact, a federal attorney wrote that Washington never gagged the school board nor Superintendent Casey Wardynski, despite the board's recent claims.
This same Board of Education asked the court to exclude a  letter sent by Madison County Commissioner Bob Harrison; an anonymous version of a form letter sent by several residents; and the letter signed by several ministers and politicians,  and,  to ignore citizens comments  at the desegregation hearing.
Huntsville school officials in March told the court that city was desegregated in the 1970s and 1980s, that people moved and that federal courts have held school boards are not accountable for where people choose to live.
The next round of legal briefs are due May 16.
In the meantime, the judge received three letters suggesting that the school system had ignored the black community in Huntsville when planning new zone lines. Black community leaders argued the new zone lines would increase racial segregation levels and that the city did not provide equal educational opportunities in all schools.
Huntsville business leaders offered an opposing point of view, contending that the black community had not been ignored and that the school system has taken several steps, such as providing all students with laptops, to equalize educational opportunities across town.
This same Board of Education  ignored a petition and a march, then violated their own policy and changed the name of J.O.Johnson High School to Mae Jemison High School.

So now we were are supposed to believe they weren't trying to circumvent the mediation process ordered by Judge Haikala?  How can  credibility be re established with people  we have come to know as patently dishonest?

 Huntsville City Schools needs more than a lecture on the state's open meetings law. Honesty and public trust should be part of that lesson.

It's time for them to go.

5 comments:

DARYAL Pinchon said...

If all the teachers, principals,janitors, lunch staff etc etc etc from Huntsville and Grissom swap with Butler and Johnson and they also swap all classes BUTLER AND JOHNSON WOULD STILL FAIL!!! The students gotta get to class and off the streets!!!

Redeye said...

DARYAL Pinchon is a typical Wardynski supporter.

Reed Thompson said...

Democratic input and transparency are not in the cards for the current BOE/Wardyskni regime. The corporate assault on public education they are carrying out can only be stopped by a MOVEMENT of educators, parents, students, and others in the community that recognize the importance of democracy, equality, and education.

DARYAL Pinchon said...

If the parents, students, and others in the community DID recognize the importance of education Butler, Johnson and the other North schools would not be failing!!!

Redeye said...

Parents, students, and others in the community DO recognize the importance of a quality, public education at Butler, Johnson, and other north schools, just like the parents, students, and others in the community DO recognize the importance of education at Grissom, Huntsville and other south Huntsville schools.

If the superintendent, the board of education, and others in the community DID recognize the importance of education, they wouldn't fail the parents, students, and others in the community, and Butler, Johnson, and other north schools would not be failing.

The superintendent, the board of education, and other in the community failed the parents, students in north Huntsville. Not the other way around.