Monday, September 27, 2010


OBSERVATIONS FROM BISD AND COB MEETINGS

BUT FIRST, COB MAY 2011 ELECTIONS

Sunday I posted an ad I made for the May 2011 city commission election. Does anyone know how I convert it to a gif so I can save it in my pictures. For the record I will be doing these type ads on a regular basis. I think it important that we begin now in hopes of encouraging highly qualified candidates to run in May 2011, and to maybe send a message to the big money donors that Troiani, Longoria, and Atkinson are not a safe or even good bets.

[Note:  the original post had a typo of 2012.)

BISD MEETING

I was watching the last one and observed an example of how the trustees should analyze proposed board operating procedures. During the conversation Caty Presas-Garcia was mumbling endless nothings. She does this all of the time. It boggles my mind anyone can watch her and think she offers anything to this board or the children. But in this case Minerva hit the nail on the head. The proposal as being urged by Colunga provided that a majority of the board can find a board member violated the OP. Minerva rightly pointed out that given the current division on the board allowing a majority to use the OP’s as a weapon would be bad.

Presas-Garcia’s big issue was a desire to apply the OP retroactively. There is actually laws against this - Presas-Garcia remains the biggest idiot on this board. She needs to stop her vindictiveness and focus in on the children - but she will not.

After implying Zayas was talking to vendors, Zayas responded with a statement he had personally seen Presas-Garcia speaking with vendors - she never denied the claim. My long term readers will remember I went after Eliceo Muñoz after tried to do the direct bidding for the owner of a warehouse. This garbage by all board members must stop. I will get to it, but who is the only board member who really tried to stop this bullshit? Cortez - and who was the bad buy in that deal? Escobedo

We need these procedures, and it is sad Presas-Garcia and Zayas turned it into personal attacks on one another. This garbage has to stop. Some may say “Presas-Garcia started it.” BFD - if a child were to make such an excuse to a parent the child would find himself grounded.

But, because Minerva put the focus in the right place, I just wanted to use it as an example of what good analysis looks like.

LA PAMPA AFFAIR

This may give some insight into why Escobedo fears Powers - it also goes to all the bullshit which came from Escobedo and Presas-Garcia at the last meeting.

According to the press reports - Escobedo was a player in the La Pampa affair wherein a walking quorum nearly formed at a meeting being financed by a vendor. Otis Powers is the one who reported Escobedo’s conduct to the BISD lawyer.

“I understand that perception is very important. Lets set the record straight: I was never told about the dinner at La Pampa. I called Dr. Enrique Escobedo about a personal matter the evening in question. Dr. Escobedo asked me to come to La Pampa for a few drinks. “

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/articles/school-74062-board-schools.html

I will publish any claims by Escobedo which contradicts the story in the Herald or Power’s letter.

According to the Herald the La Pampa Affair was about a possible vendor seeking to influence Escobedo, Galvan, and Lehmann on contracts related to the new schools. Escobedo messed up when he invited Powers at the last minute.

“Violations of the act are misdemeanors and can carry jail sentences between one month and six months.

Arthur C. Reyna Jr., a former Democratic state representative and now a lobbyist for a variety of companies, picked up the check for the group.

Reyna was in town representing Vitetta, an architectural firm that specializes in school design.“

When it comes to facts, not pornographic diatribes by a homophobic racist or the lies by a former journalist, between Cortez and Escobedo only one has been caught taking something from a possible vendor - Escobedo is his name - deception is his game.

On this issue I did a grand jury referral which the DA and judge blocked. This in itself is a crime, but who in Cameron county is going to enforce the law? Had a grand jury been allowed to review the facts I am certain indictments would have followed.

On the specific issue of the La Pampa Affair, which new Board member sought to have the matter investigated? Ruben Cortez - and what was Lehmann’s comment to Cortez?

Lehmann made a very telling statement to shut down Cortez when Cortez sought to open the door on the La Pampa affair.

"We are a body corporate, Lehmann said, addressing Cortez directly. We are a team of eight, sir. We work as a team, but this is conspiracy. If you must pass judgment, then we are all guilty, sir."

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/board_73872___article.html/school_members.html

This cost Lehmann reelection - according to past posts by Montoya - at least by implication - Zayas stole the election from Lehmann on some 10,000 mail ballots. Montoya made this claim as part of his defense of Ernie Hernandez.

I responded to a post this morning from someone wanting to imply Lehmann takes money. With the exception of the La Pampa Affair there is zero evidence Lehmann has ever taken anything from anyone. People who hate Lehmann love to make this claim - when you ask for evidence they say “communist faggot.” This is exactly what you hear when you ask for evidence against Zayas. I deal in evidence

At this moment there is only one BISD candidate on the November ballot who has been caught taking a free meal while illegally meeting with a vendor - Enrique Escobedo. There is only one candidate who has been found to have misappropriated BISD campaign money - Enrique Escobedo - The first Board member to use his position to get a friend promoted to a big paying job at the expense of special needs children - Enrique Escobedo.

If you use the standards being urged by people opposing Zayas/Cortez, only one candidate is found guilty based on verifiable evidence - namely Enrique Escobedo. I say follow the money - oh yes - I forgot Escobedo is advertising with Montoya.

TOOK TOO LONG - I WILL PICK UP WITH THE COB MEETING TOMORROW - but let me say this - Roman Perez took them to task on the PUB rate increase and Troiani was forced to amended the agenda item - which then lead to the PUB yelling foul - this is not what we agreed to - my hats off to Roman Perez for a job well done.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The elections are next year. Second, is the ad on the Herald online edition? What page?

Anonymous said...

The new SH 32 the CCRMA wants to build. Is it a toll road?

Fred Drew said...

I have developed somewhat of a distrust for Dr. Escobedo that began in 2003 which has yet to be satisfied.
In a letter to the editor in April of 2003, I called attention to Dr. Enrique Escobedo political ad of that week.
I would like to take issue with a statement made by Dr. Enrique Escobedo in his ad for BISD Trustee Place 1. He said, “There is no justification to hire uncertified foreign teachers ("Recent Filipino Recruits") when we have UTB/TSC Pan-American-University and Texas A&M in Kingsville to recruit teachers with proper qualifications.”
This statement creates the impression that there were adequate numbers of teachers waiting to be hired by BISD and that the foreign teachers hired were less qualified than those recent graduates who he says were available.
I would like to submit that there was not a flood of recent graduates; there is indeed a shortage nation wide. More attractive occupations with better salaries beckon harder. Customs and Border Patrol that recruit from the same pool, pay higher and treat their employees much better than teachers are treated in Brownsville. In fact, I am told on a regular basis of more and more teachers leaving to go with these agencies.
The second assertion he made is that foreigners are not as qualified as the others described. I would never expect such a statement from an educated person especially not from someone aspiring to public service.
I have had the privilege to personally meet many of the “foreigners” hired in the last year. The Filipino educators I met were all professional educators with long relevant experience and advanced degrees. Some were college professors, professional scientists, and one biology teacher was a physician. All of them were trained and educated in a truly bi-lingual educational setting and are fluent in multiple languages as well as English.
I am given to understand that there may be others from Germany and Mexico; possibly others as well.
I personally believe that new thinking in the Brownsville educational system is necessary some “foreigners” might enhance the educational experience.
In order to be able to recruit locally and keep the experienced educators we have, better salaries, a stable leadership and better working conditions, however novel an idea are needed.

BobbyWC said...

Thanks for the heads up on the 2012/2011 typo -

I have no idea whether or not SH23 will be a toll road?

Fred Drew said...

I became disenchanted with Dr. Escobedo back in 2003 when he posted an ad in the Herald demeaning the foreign teachers recently hired.
In a letter to the editor in April of 2003, I called attention to Dr. Enrique Escobedo political ad of that week.
I would like to take issue with a statement made by Dr. Enrique Escobedo in his ad.. He said, “There is no justification to hire uncertified foreign teachers ("Recent Filipino Recruits") when we have UTB/TSC Pan-American-University and Texas A&M ..
This statement creates the impression that there were adequate numbers of teachers waiting to be hired by BISD and that the foreign teachers hired were less qualified than those recent graduates who he says were available.
I would like to submit that there was not a flood of recent graduates; there is indeed a shortage nation wide. More attractive occupations with better salaries beckon harder. Customs and Border Patrol that recruit from the same pool, pay higher and treat their employees much better than teachers are treated in Brownsville.
The second assertion is that foreigners are not as qualified as the others described.......
I have had the privilege to personally meet many of the “foreigners” hired in the last year. The Filipino educators I met were all professional educators with long relevant experience and advanced degrees. Some were college professors, professional scientists, and one biology teacher was a physician. All of them were trained and educated in a truly bi-lingual educational setting and are fluent in multiple languages as well as English.....
I personally believe that new thinking in the Brownsville educational system is necessary some “foreigners” might enhance the educational experience.
In order to be able to recruit locally and keep the experienced educators we have, better salaries, a stable leadership and better working conditions, however novel an idea are needed.

BobbyWC said...

Drew, 3rd world countries all over the US are surpassing the US in science and math -

My cousins attended a private school in Nicaragua - it was not much - it had no labs - they were block buildings with no glass in the windows -

when they arrived in the US starting in 1974 to a cousin they all passed out of freshman calculus, biology, and chemistry - one even pass out of US history

maybe escobedo got a bad education in that foreign univerity he attended, but that does not mean all people educated in foreign universities are substandard to US universities.

Finally, NCLB does not require a teacher be formally certified - all it requires is that the teacher be highly qualified - a masters in your teaching field along with a passing score on the content part of the teacher certification test deems you highly qualified.

BISD has a lot of very good teachers - the problem is the bad teachers and bad administration policies bring these teachers down.

If I ran a charter school all teachers would have a masters in their field - if they can pass the content test for their field I hire them - this would make for an excellent school - I would not care a rats ass if they graduated in the US or China

Anonymous said...

Fred, there is no impression. Of course they are qualified to teach due to their professional experienced. Enrique stated they are uncertified. Proper qualification includes being certified to teach or having a masters degree. This was an ad in 2003, no? Then that is a valid statement of the time. If they have not passed the required examinations, they can't teach in the state of Texas. Did they all have masters degrees? If not they can't teach in the state of Texas.

UTB pumps out plent of degreed professionals. There are many teachers that are forced to seek jobs elsewhere whether it's they don't know the right person or Filipinos are chosen. Enrique may not be trustworthy in your eyes, but he made a lot of sense just by what you quoted. Why does this cause you to distrust him? This was before the doctor fiasco.

Anonymous said...

I worked for BISD. I was hired without knowing anyone. I did my job. I was always an outsider. It was a good job because I and my students made it so.
Some people do get in because of the good old boy system, but the real problem is that bad teachers, regardless of how the got the job, are hardly ever removed.

Anonymous said...

Regular Board Meeting dated May 15,2007, Former Superintendent Hector Gonzales recommend awarding RFQ to select Vitetta Group Inc., to provide architectural design classroom at Canales Elementary School. Mr. Pat Lehmann made the motion and Susan Galvan seconded, the vote was Lehmann, Galvan, Escobedo for the project and against Cortez, Aguilar, Colunga, and Powers.

BobbyWC said...

To the poster - I am pulling this from the referenced Herald article

"The Herald reported on Dec. 10 that four board members, including board president Enrique Escobedo, board vice president Herman Otis Powers Jr., Susan Galvan and Pat Lehmann were treated to dinner at La Pampa restaurant by Art Reyna, a representative of Vitetta, an architectural firm that specializes in school buildings."

Poster can you pull up the BISD record through its archives and send it to me - I would feel better about this post if I can find evidence to support what you are saying.

For now if Escobedo claims this is wrong I will remove the comment and make a clarification

Bobby WC