Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Dallas ISD Undemocratic Board Meeting

On Friday, August 29, 2008, the Dallas ISD Board held a very special called Board meeting to clarify the name - Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Six Trustees were present - Price, Ellis, Blacburn, Bingham, Flores and Ranger.Three Trustees were absent - Lowe, Medrano and Garza.

Ron Price was presiding in the absence of the President.

The vote was 6-0 in favor of the preservation of the Booker T. Washington High School name.

I certainly voted for Booker T. Washington and fought hard to preserve its historic name and identity.

Democracy is precious and it can be lost by those who don't respect it.

A motion was made to 'call for the vote'(previous question) without allowing for any Trustee discussion - none. This appeared to have been decided in advance.

If you would like to see how easily some will disrespect the rights of others, watch the video of this meeting.

Robert's Rules of Order were not followed when no discussion was allowed and no second was made to the motion to close discussion (previous question).

The vote on the previous question itself was also not clear.The video shows how authority will be abused.

We left the meeting and Booker T. Washington supporters in the audience were asking what the Board had just voted to do.

They did not understand because of the rush to vote with no Board discussion.