I talked to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa last week, and he was as charming as you’d expect — said all the right things, he was funny, he was self-deprecating, etc. One thing he said sort of made me smirk, though. He was talking about how he has to win the trust of a diverse group of DISD stakeholders because he knows that, if he can do that, the district can overcome some of the turmoil it’s had in the past. He believes this because, as he said, “All of those community people [various DISD stakeholders] have different interests, but they all want the same thing.” Meaning, better educational outcomes for kids.
This is good for him to have such a positive outlook. I think it’s one reason he will most likely by October have the “interim” title removed.
But I don’t necessarily believe he’s right. I know that “whatever is best for kids” is what everyone says he or she wants, but I don’t believe their actions always support this notion. And I think this evening’s DISD board meeting will prove me right. I think this based on how Joyce Foreman in particular has reacted to a rule change designed to improve governance. She has reacted in her usual petulant, self-centered manner.
This will, as usual, take a little explaining.Read More