Sunday, September 12, 2010


SCHEMING BISD ELECTION

Two reliable sources have given me the story behind Escobedo not running against Powers.  The great question in the BISD election is, why did Enrique Escobedo abandon his traditional place on the ballot to instead run against Ruben Cortez? In his mind he could not beat Otis Powers. You have to believe you are in real trouble when you are a sitting Board Member who cannot defeat a former Board Member already thrown out by the people. But this is not the scheming happening behind the scenes.

From the day Rick Zayas announced for his first term I said he is not about the children. But Zayas and Cortez have finally realized that to remain in power for the long hall to maximize their benefit from the control of the BISD budget they have to make the children the issue. This is where the real scheming is happening behind the scenes.

The key to understand long term scheming at BISD you must accept the truth - The Board, current and past, demand that the superintendent hire and fire based on the Board’s political needs. To do this they must allow incompetent people to remain at BISD. The idea is, you keep incompetent people around so that you can control the process - hence the budget.

But there comes a point that you must fire people. This is how Gonzales and Rendon found an end to their careers. They failed to play by the rules and their history of failures became a political tool for firing them, thereby allowing the Board to claim they are willing to fire people who in their mind are not meeting standards.

ESCOBEDO, JIMENEZ, AND SPRINGSTON

My sources are telling me the real reason Escobedo decided to run against Cortez is to protect his interests at BISD. He can only do this by eliminating a vote which will support removing from BISD Escobedo’s chronies . This is the scheming.

A decision has already been made, once Escobedo is removed from the Board, the Board will force the removal of Springston and Jimenez. The Board will use their failures as justification and then go to the people and say “see we will hold people accountable.” Springston has failed to take control of the dismal situation in special services and heads must roll. They cannot roll so long as Escobedo has a vote in the matter. The only solution is to get rid of Escobedo.

The hiring and firing of top level administrators will always be political. The only way to solve this problem is to remove the hiring and firing of superintendents from the hands of the Board Members. As I have said before, the hiring and firing of superintendents must be placed in the hands of the TEA regional offices.

Finally, if as a commentator you speak about how Cortez and Zayas have pushed for the hiring of their flunkies, but fail to speak about how Escobedo sold his vote to Springston for the position of superintendent in exchange for Springston supporting the hiring of Katherine Jimenez, wife to Escobedo’s business partner, you are being dishonest. This is the perception in the community. She was hired over BISD employees with significantly more experience and doctorates in psychology. This decision was a decision to throw special needs children under the bus in exchange for a job. In my mind there is no more despicable unethical psychotic person in Brownsville than BISD’s superintendent Springston. Well maybe Enrique Escobedo may be a close second.

Every politician plays the flunkies game. Every politician plays control the budget game. What you see in the commentary is focus on the money, not the children. Why? Because the commentators want to make sure their people are controlling the money. They could not give a rats ass about the children.

There has been zero evidence that Cortez or Zayas has done anything illegal as Board Members. They have played politics, at the expense of the children. This is not illegal, but it is highly unethical. In my mind this is why they should be thrown from office.

But because of people like Montoya and McHale the focus has been taken off of the children and put on the money. The people who benefit most from the money fund the campaigns. The public record shows zero evidence of illegal conduct by Zayas and Cortes. All of the bogus claims have been dismissed as bogus. Not even federal Judge Hanan could find evidence in the Antonio Juarez suit to support any of these claims of financial fraud. Because of all of these bogus conspiracy theories Zayas and Cortez will be reelected and the children will continue to suffer.

But in the end there is no more despicable Board Member than Enrique Escobedo. He threw special needs children under the bus for personal gain to the wife of his business partner. All politicians play the flunky game and control the budget game, but not all politicians play the game of throwing the weakest of the weak under the bus so that their business partner can financially gain from such a decision. This unique award goes to Enrique Escobedo.

If you want to talk about real evidence concerning fraud, which neither Montoya nor McHale want to talk about, you must talk about Enrique Escobedo. He was forced to admit he misappropriated BISD campaign money for use in his run as County Commissioner. The record also shows he authorized a campaign ad which showed someone other than himself paid for his campaign announcement. This was done to hide the fact the money was misappropriated.

In the end we know Escobedo will be less than forthright about his professional title, has misappropriated campaign money, and has thrown the weakest of the weak of our children under the bus . Now it is true Cortez and Zayas could not give a rats ass about the children. They clearly used the hiring of the superintendent as a political tool to control future hiring and control over the budget. But so to did Escobedo. But the latter is a consequence of the broken system at the state level. Politicians will be politicians. I will vote in this election, but I will not be voting for any of these three, or Otis Powers. We must clean house at BISD. But be sure, their replacements will be no better, until the state changes the law and provides  for the TEA regional offices to do the hiring and firing of the superintendents.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why are you teasing us. Bring it on.

BobbyWC said...

If I publish the story today, what will I publish tomorrow?

Anonymous said...

You could come up with something. You usually do the diversity story was interesting. Brownsville has really changed in the last 30 years.

Anonymous said...

Bobby, You always take pride in that you have the facts correct. Please identify those applicants that had more qualifications than Jimenez.

BobbyWC said...

I am not going to get people in trouble by naming names, we both know that could lead to retaliation.

But you seem to claim inside information - are you saying that a doctorate in psychology is not more qualiefied to deal with the host of mental health problems facing our special needs children? Are you really saying that?

You also seem to be saying that in a nation of 300 thousand people BISD could not have opened the process to a national search and found a more qualified person?

When you make stupid comments like this it only supports my argument.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I was asking so that I could supporft your argument. Of course the district could have done a national search, but they didn't. I do not have inside information, but I know some psychologists with doctorals that I would not trust my dog with. You forget that an administrator for such a large program needs to know more than just mental health. Such a job requires dealing with people, budgetary concerns, and a host of topics you evidently have no knowledge about. Your attack to my question supports that you do not have the information and dislike Jimenez because somewhere she didn't agree with you or made a decision you couldn't live with. By the way, our natiion has more than 300 thousand people. Who's the stupid one?

BobbyWC said...

You just dig your hole deeper - if the PhD psychologists in BISD cannot be trusted with your dog, what does that say about Jimenez for not firing them?

I am fully aware of the budgetary policies - but I do have one on one experience with Jimenez - she called a mediation - she failed to appear - she was not privy to the information - she chose to not bother with the mediation - she then overruled the decision of the Area Superintendent, Dr. Lee Garcia, the principal, the child's pediatric psychiastrist, and the best interest of the child.

There were no budgetarty interests - just ego of an incompetent person.

The child ended up in the hospital because of her incompetence - BISD then had to pay for homebound schooling (talking about budget issues)

She has no policy in place to have the packets of the special needs children follow them to summer school or to high school. She was warned months in advance to fix this problem - she refused - disabled children are not getting what they need.

Although given months in advance notice to insure this child's packet followed him to high shool - she did nothing - absolutely nothing - the child was in regular classes - he cannot handle regular classes.

Only today after endless complaints is the child finally getting an ARD. The child has spent the first weeks of school woundering around the halls because according to Kathleen Jimenez this is better than doing her job.

Oh yes, humanity as we know it will end - I miss typed thousand instead of million - this is why nothing ever gets fixed in Brownsville - stupid distractions and comments are why the most unethical people in Brownsville have no problem getting elected and reelected over and over again.

You remind of the moron teacher who allegedly posted on Montoya's blog.

To get around the audit against Healthsmart she seeks to blame Healthsmarts conduct on BISD mismanagement - she is so stupid she fails to realize if the problems with Healthsmart were a consequence of mismanagement then that blame goes to her beloved Gonzalez who she tries to paint as the savior of all humanity.

You have done nothing to help your friend Kathleen Jimenez - you just forced me to repeat the well documented facts about her incompetence.

Oh, and to the extent the story of the attack at Oliviera is true, it would not have happened in all likelihood had Jimenez not rejected the mediated settlement in the case I referenced above - that settlement sought to put the mental health students in smaller classrooms of 10 or fewer students. This would have controlled the problem.

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

You just dig your hole deeper - if the PhD psychologists in BISD cannot be trusted with your dog, what does that say about Jimenez for not firing them?

I am fully aware of the budgetary policies - but I do have one on one experience with Jimenez - she called a mediation - she failed to appear - she was not privy to the information - she chose to not bother with the mediation - she then overruled the decision of the Area Superintendent, Dr. Lee Garcia, the principal, the child's pediatric psychiastrist, and the best interest of the child.

There were no budgetarty interests - just ego of an incompetent person.

The child ended up in the hospital because of her incompetence - BISD then had to pay for homebound schooling (talking about budget issues)

She has no policy in place to have the packets of the special needs children follow them to summer school or to high school. She was warned months in advance to fix this problem - she refused - disabled children are not getting what they need.

Although given months in advance notice to insure this child's packet followed him to high shool - she did nothing - absolutely nothing - the child was in regular classes - he cannot handle regular classes.

Only today after endless complaints is the child finally getting an ARD. The child has spent the first weeks of school woundering around the halls because according to Kathleen Jimenez this is better than doing her job.

Oh yes, humanity as we know it will end - I miss typed thousand instead of million - this is why nothing ever gets fixed in Brownsville - stupid distractions and comments are why the most unethical people in Brownsville have no problem getting elected and reelected over and over again.

You remind of the moron teacher who allegedly posted on Montoya's blog.

To get around the audit against Healthsmart she seeks to blame Healthsmarts conduct on BISD mismanagement - she is so stupid she fails to realize if the problems with Healthsmart were a consequence of mismanagement then that blame goes to her beloved Gonzalez who she tries to paint as the savior of all humanity.

You have done nothing to help your friend Kathleen Jimenez - you just forced me to repeat the well documented facts about her incompetence.

Oh, and to the extent the story of the attack at Oliviera is true, it would not have happened in all likelihood had Jimenez not rejected the mediated settlement in the case I referenced above - that settlement sought to put the mental health students in smaller classrooms of 10 or fewer students. This would have controlled the problem.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Cortez's wife got a job cuz she's a good administrator. Should she have received Sharp Elem? Probably not...just an FYI the year before Sharp, she applied and was a semi finalist for Garza, Canales, Putegnat, and Vermillion.
Also, a problem in BISD is that people ASSuMe that becuz you are social and say "hi" to board members then you are "on their side." It is getting sooooo rediculous nowadays!!! I always talk to people and say hi...its called being friendly. But noooo...right now, watch out who you say hi to and greet at restaurants or the main office or in a parking lot cuz "they" are watching you...ready to label you as a friend of the "foes.." so "F..ing rediculous."
You are right about one thing BWC...people are mislead by reading crap from blogs (not yours, of course) and from the Herald blogs (which is just as bad as Montoyas rag)...........
off my soapbox for now..can't wait til the elections are over so i can go back to having a normal life. Yawn.

Anonymous said...

A "normal life" in Brownsville? Not with the politicians we elect to do nothing to help solve our problems - they become our problems. And yes, I can remember way back when a board member did not dare divulge any information that went on in executive session. Now the content of the closed meeting is known before they even go into executive session because everyone is a friend of someone and that someone spreads it to their friend and the chain continues. The respect that is due to ethical conduct has been lost, I am sorry to say!

Anonymous said...

When Dr. E. Zendejas was Supt she was known to change a recomendation if it was leaked before the board meeting. Some of the current board members need to learn what an executive session is about.

Anonymous said...

You are right about Dr. Zendejas. She stepped on toes so much and got rid of those that were causing harm to the district and our children, but one board member again gave her hell. It is no wonder why she left for Indianapolis. She did not have to put up with the likes of that board member (J.L.) and took her skills and know-how somewhere else.
She knew what she was doing and now that she is gone, you hear many people refer to her as the best superintendent we've had. You are right in that she found out that someone had leaked a position in the personal dept and she immediately changed the position - even after the guy had already had his name plate as Personnel Director made. Ha! Bring her back and see what happens to Zayas and Cortez.