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The intensity in the boardroom these days is palpable. It sits on my keyboard like a scratchy wool sweater. In August. In Houston. With maple syrup on the sleeve.
So, for those who do not have the opportunity to watch SAISD’s relationship with the Alliance (the teachers union) unravel in real time, here to catch you up are the five most uncomfortable moments from Monday night’s board meeting:
The occasional snicker when Board President Patti Radle outlined the rules for conduct during citizens to be heard. Last night was not as loud as previous meetings have been. However, it has gotten to be so that whenever a board member or member of the administration mentions the words “respect,” “trust,” or indicates any sympathy with the teachers, a ripple of scoffing indignation runs through the room. Reactions range from little “hmph” noises to full-on mockery. There’s no goodwill in Nottingham.
When laid-off teacher Trinidad Saldaña, the first speaker out of the gate
When Alliance organizer Terri Byers asked board members to “put away their technology” as students in
When community member Eddie Bravenec, husband of Alliance lead organizer Katy Bravenec, informed Superintendent Pedro Martinez that he was losing the support of the business community – which has been vocal in its support thus far. This was news to me, not that I have a lot of businessmen on speed dial. If I knew how to make one of those Twitter polls, I’d have done it on the spot.
When two RIF’d teachers alleged that Lanier High School Principal Laura Cooper had targeted teachers during the RIF, and rehashed previously filed grievances. Radle reminded them that it was against board policy to allow personally-directed accusations during citizens to be heard, but both continued, even as one was escorted from the podium and amid cheers from the Alliance—all of whom stood throughout citizens to be heard.
Don’t pop your popcorn just yet, though. Summer vacation may bring a little relief from the heat of battle in this particular theater. Summer board meetings are notoriously snoozy. However, as noted in an article that will appear in the Current on Wednesday, the war is far from over, and no one is backing down so far.
This post has been changed to correct Katy Bravenec's Alliance title.
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