Aside from the obvious error in the article title which should read “Vote ‘Yes’ on May 6 to purchase attendance credits”, I take exception to the whole premise of Ms. Eastman’s article. I am left only to wonder what former Enron hack came up with such a convoluted scheme as this?
Basically, Eastman is asking us to support implementation of an instrument developed and/or traded which allows the HISD to circumvent its compliance with an aspect of Texas Public School Finance by purchasing “attendance credits” to “swap dollars” for kids who aren’t attending HISD schools and, by doing so, HISD will (at least on paper) be brought into line with the necessary wealth level per child. Is anybody really buying this crap? I’m not even sure the smartest guys in the room at Enron could have envisioned a scheme such as this. I doubt Eastman even understands what she is asking us to support, but I’m sure some high dollar consultant has convinced her this scheme will work so just go out and sell it! Probably the same consultant positioned to make the market for buying/selling/trading those “attendance credits” for a healthy commission/fee.
If the parameters of the Texas Public School Finance regulations are burdensome, inequitable, and not worthy of support, then do your job and address the problem at its core. Don’t try to sell us some hair brained scheme to buy and sell attendance credit offsets. These schemes have a way of coming back around and eventually biting you on the backside.
Disappointed about anonymous source
The lead story in the April 15 edition of The Leader is a disappointment. The story is an opinion piece dictated by an anonymous source.
The Leader allowed the anonymous source (“Woodland Heights resident”) to manipulate, and to slant, a putative news story concerning a complex situation for which there are multiple points of view.
Because your source is anonymous, it is The Leader’s credibility that is hurt. In the age of fake news, responsible people want always to “consider the source” of reporting. With this piece, we can’t consider the source because The Leader hid the source.