LEAGUE CITY

A year into the Clear Creek Independent School District superintendent’s tenure, some parents have called for his resignation, with plans to go before the school board Monday.

Emma Collins: 409-683-5230; emma.collins@galvnews.com.

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Bailey Jones

It must be frustrating for an educator to have to deal with such dullards.

Carlos Ponce

Those Bailey calls "dullards" are tax paying citizens who are paying his salary. As superintendent he should listen to their concerns and convince them of his educational philosophy.

Ivory Rubin

Being a tax paying citizen doesn't give carte blanche to acting with galactic stupidity (having knowledge of the truth, or having access to empirical evidence, yet ignoring it) The board has already spoken..."Clear Creek ISD officials have said the district has never and will never teach the theory in its schools, and the school board passed a policy earlier this year effectively prohibiting the use of critical race theory in the classroom"...there is nothing of significance or substance to say on the subject. But it does beg the question..."If those parents, and other parents of the same approach, had been as vociferous speaking out against white supremacy as they are against Critical Race Theory, would there have been a need at all for CRT?"

Carlos Ponce

Sometimes Critical Race Theory is utilized without that moniker.

Ivory Rubin

As a retired educator with 38 years experience, you are so right. Listening to this false-flag reaction is breathtaking frustrating!!

John E Sr. Macrini

It would be interesting to hear feedback from enrolled students.

Ted Gillis

Borrowing a term from Donald Trump. "It's a Witch Hunt"

Ron Shelby

Which “Parents” are making these wild accusations? GDN is painting such an awful picture of Williams in this article, they need to reveal to the public who is leading this witch hunt as well. Everyone has a right to know their accusers in an open court like this as well. This is an attempt to take very strong actions that could literally destroy someone’s career from this point forward. Who’s doing it and why?

Heidi Gordon

Jeff Foxworth, the one named in the article as making all these complaints against Dr. Williams, ran to the right of Congressman Randy Weber on the Republican primary ticket for CD14 in 2020. If you didn't vote in the Rep primary, you may not have ever heard of him.

He lives in League City and he's trying to make a name for himself to run again, I think. He sees how well that worked in Dr. Williams old stomping ground of Virginia for Glenn Youngkin with his attack on educators with this whole CRT nonsense. He might just be jumping on that gravy train.

TJ Aulds

Joshua Foxworth is his name. Not Jeff.

TJ Aulds

Actually the person leading the effort is clearly identified in the article. However, to say “parents” could lead one to believe there is a large group calling for this. It’s not a large group and barely meets the definition of small group.

That said, this goes back to challenge the school board on the hiring process in the first place. It was despite claims other wise not really all that transparent. The board had a chance to get more community buy-in but didn’t. It followed an outdated and systemic non-transparent process that school districts across the state follow. Yes there are a few - very few considering how large CCISD is - parents making issues now, but the board could have done a far better job of opening the process but chose not to - to be clear the board could have followed a much different process to allow for a better vetting process that allowed true input from the taxpayers, staff, parents and students. The board did not do that and many issues it faces now about lack of trust stem from a systemic non-transparent process of governance on a myriad of issues. In most cases the law is clear a board MAY discuss issues and hiring of its CEO behind closed doors. It doesn’t HAVE to.

That said Eric Williams is being graded based on board policy and actions and not many of his own.

The issue of CRT has been discussed, debated, discussed more and debated more. The facts show it’s not now nor will it be part of the curriculum.

Now, the two things missing from the article are the very basic question of those who want the superintendent to leave because of this red herring issue: What specific policy would you support?

And second; since Williams supposed actions at a previous job being questioned then, the leadership calling for his resignation should be questioned as well as to their own past statements and stances on issues that many actually consider to be less than fair when the issue of race comes up.

That way the public has information on all sides.

David Hardee

My posting prior to yours made the same points. Wish the other commenting would be as comprehensive about the issue, Hopefully the leaders of the process for hiring will be affected. Our education system is floundering and the country's posterity is in jeopardy.

L'ee Graham

It is sad and appalling that an educator has to deal with parents who refuse to accept that CRT is only taught in some graduate school curricula and even there is rarely taught. They are listening to dog whistles from dishonest politicians and right-wing rabble-rousers.

Carlos Ponce

No dog whistles, L'ee Graham, only TRUTH. Teaching CRT in Texas Public schools but that doesn't stop privateschools.

And in Fort Worth, Texas:

"Texas CRT supporter warns parents he’ll bring 1,000 ‘soldiers’ who are ‘locked and loaded’ "https://nypost.com/2021/11/15/texas-crt-supporter-warns-parents-hell-bring-1000-soldiers/

And NEA endorses CRT. TSTA is affiliated with NEA.

At a Region IV seminar I heard some Houston ISD teachers openly saying how CRT was used in their schools. That was in 2009.

So don't tell me "CRT is only taught in some graduate school curricula" That would be LYING.

A Houston Chronicle article dated Oct. 17, 2021 states, "Critical race theory is already in schools."

"It’s the worst-kept secret in Texas. Even as educators and administrators continue to deny that critical race theory is being taught in Texas schools, CRT’s concepts and terminology are working their way into classrooms and libraries throughout the state."

Ron Shelby

Agreed L'ee

Diane Turski

This type of bullying is part of a deliberate campaign by right wing conspiracy theorists to intimidate and replace anyone who disagrees with their distorted views. This intimidation campaign extends to election workers as well because this bullying is politically based These propaganda attacks must be recognized for what they are and be stopped in order to save what is left of our fragile democracy.

Carlos Ponce

Diane, your tin foil hat is on too tight.

Diane Turski

I don't expect much from you, Carlos, since you have stubbornly proven that you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Carlos Ponce

Looks like Diane's tin foil hat is now tighter.

Ted Gillis

Oh stop it with the tin foil crap Carlos. She’s right. You are the problem.

Carlos Ponce

Ted gets is wrong again. Ted is a troubled man. Let's all pray for him to see the light.

Ted Gillis

Nobody wants any of your prayers Carlos. It’s so typical of you to assume such with that pious attitude of yours. Hypocrite through and through.

You know when you get to that gate, St. Peter is not going to give a crap about what you thought of other people.

Carlos Ponce

Let's all pray for Ted to see the light.

Jose' Boix

Somehow the personal crossfires and use of "offensive terms" (the English language has a rich vocabulary) demeans the purpose of the Forum. It is my hope that we can continue to discuss - rather than debate - issues, while remaining focused on the subject matter. Just my thoughts.

Jose' Boix

Ted, with the rich English language, it seems that "cesspool-based words" should remain there and absent from the focus of this discussion. Perhaps I should have used "disrespectful" rather than "offensive." Just my thoughts.

Ted Gillis

So which word do you find offensive Jose’? I know which word I find. Carlos seems to use it all the time.

Carlos Ponce

We all know what word Ted finds offensive - "God".

David Hardee

There are 2 issues to be resolved.

1. Is CRT worthy of being in the curriculum?

2, Is Eric Williams a proponent of CRT being in the curriculum?

Eric is directly tied to the disruption in Loudon over CRT. The chaos in Loudon has been transported to CCISD with the hiring of Eric. That simple fact that Eric was a carrier of chaos makes the employment by CCISD a stupid decision. Whether CRT is a proper item in the curriculum or not the hiring of a known disruptor - Eric - was an obvious and intentional act. Those that did intentionally introduce the infection of controversy into CCISD are disruptors and the most responsible for chaos and deserve removal for simply willfully creating chaos. Transitions in leadership and or the curriculum must meet the the common good. Common good means "keeping the peace."

If a minority of the population is going to create chaos in the schools then it is time to create separate school systems. A democracy has one rule that is sacred - the majority representation is dominant - and those that want otherwise must preserve their desires and practices peacefully.

Consider that the one area that does not get inflicted with the federal government dictates is religion. In the USA the religious practices are Protestant (42%) · Catholic (21%) · Mormon (2%) · Unaffiliated (18%) · Atheist (5%) · Agnostic (6%) · Jewish (1%) · Muslim (1%). These religious practitioners participate in all the political events community activities and are taxed. Several of the religions form schools and interact among themselves in competition. Yet the religious groups maintain separate yet peaceful coexistence. If the Federal government would get out of social engineering the population could resolve our differences peacefully and with separations that are respectful of the others.

The fear of the founders was too much power in the government. Too much Federal Government is the culprit at the root of most of the corruption existing today.

Ted Gillis

Only when you use it offensively, Carlos, otherwise it’s a perfectly good word.

Carlos Ponce

"God bless us, God bless us everyone!"

Ted Gillis

Being flippant and insincere doesn’t make it right. In fact I seem to remember reference to a tablet somewhere in the Bible that lists just such an occurrence .

Carlos Ponce

So quit being flippant and insincere, Ted.

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