By Marc Campos
Accountability is a cheap word. It sounds tough, but in Houston, it is not.
The powers in town say that public education should be a priority. They say that in order for a community to be prosperous, we must have a sound and quality public education system. The powers insist that the Houston Independent School District (HISD) be run efficiently - kind of like a business. In the past 15 years or so, HISD has done its best to comply.
Now we have House Bill 2 - the public education legislation. The education experts say it is a bad bill for HISD. Commentary has not heard a credible voice in town claim that HB 2 is good for HISD and its students. Houston House Dems voted against it because it is bad for HISD. Houston House Repubs voted for HB 2 because they were following House GOP leadership orders.
If the powers in town really care about public education, they will put the pressure on local GOP legislators to get right on HB 2. Guess what? They won't. They will let them off the hook, and the GOP legislators know this. That is why they can get away with drive-by slaps at HISD - because the local powers, well, won't use their power for kids.
Next time you hear one of the local powers say that public education is a priority, be nice, try not to laugh at them, just wink at them, and say "sure buddy".
March 16, 2005, 9:00AM