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SHUT IT DOWN: Spring Branch ISD CANCELS Meeting Over Feisty Crowd
There was too much democracy going on at once.
The amount of democracy happening in the Wayne F. Schaper Sr. Leadership Center on Monday night was hazardous to the health and safety of those in attendance, leading to Spring Branch ISD’s Police Chief shutting down a scheduled board meeting where citizens were hoping to ask trustees about the recently announced budget shortfall of over $30 million.
The district is quickly garnering a reputation as a growing concern over its criticism of Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature’s handling of public education funding. People who watched the video described the scene as “lit,” as the crowd sat on the cusp of becoming a mob. (This is how you know democracy is really working.)
But alas, democracy was not achieved in Houston on Monday night.
Here is the video of the Police Chief canceling our democracy:
This moment has been building for some time.
Spring Branch ISD, located in the trendy area of Houston in Harris County, recently saw its board of trustees vote unanimously to stop sending “Robin Hood” recapture payments to the state.
Board Vice President Lisa Alpe expressed her sentiments, stating, "I believe that school districts across Texas, particularly those subjected to recapture, must begin to assert themselves in defense of the children attending public schools. This involves standing up to Governor Abbott, our legislature, and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath."
Christine Porter, SBISD's associate superintendent for finance, disclosed that the district has remitted over $200 million to the state since 2020. Alpe emphasized the critical financial strain, asserting, "We are in dire need of more funding. Despite surging inflation, Spring Branch has not seen an increase in funding since 2019. We simply cannot continue to send millions of dollars to the state. The time has come to say 'enough is enough.'"
Robin Hood, a wealth redistribution scheme to implement the socialist system of public schools outlined in the Texas Constitution, has long been criticized by members of both parties. However, nothing ever happens.
But now—apparently—something is happening.
Interesting video has also surfaced from the canceled meeting appearing to show students, staff and PTA members from another school, The Westchester Academy for International Studies, organizing political activism around the meeting.
I assume they are Leftists.
Who knows. It’s good to see Texas school board meetings are still poppin’. I encourage everyone to get involved locally.
Spring Branch ISD was sued a few years ago over racism and hating other people based solely on the color of their skin. The plaintiffs asserted that democracy is deeply racist because it has failed to produce the results they are entitled to.
Voting rights are a very slippery thing in Texas, and it’s hard to comment on the topic due to its elusive nature.
Too many non-whites in a voting precinct—racist. Too few non-whites in a voting precinct? Yes, also deeply racist.
Good thing we have Democrats to tell us how to make our elections fair.
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