YISD ethics violation?

The people at the Ysleta school district and some it’s employees may be violating Texas law in the way they are promoting their bond issue.

A reader posted this comment a while back:

YISD recently had a day where grandparents could read to their grandchild. It was 10 minutes of reading and then all the grandparents were herded into the gym where they were shown a video on the bond issue and given a presentation by an associate superintendent. Then bingo and light refreshments were provided. Look at the deception that YISD is committed to. I fear the bond issue! What other tricks are planned with our money and children?

Violation of section 255.003 of the Texas Election Code is a class A misdemeanor.  Class A’s carry a maximum jail term of one year and/or a fine of up to $4,000 in Texas.

You don’t have to be a board member or officer of the district to be subject to the law–the law applies to employees also.

Use of facilities

Take a look at this slide from a presentation I found that was made to another Texas school district:

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It would appear that we have improper use of facilities and the paid time of district employees in the case cited by our commenter.

We deserve better

Brutus

6 Responses to YISD ethics violation?

  1. Reality Checker says:

    As we learned from the collapse of the financial markets in 2008, manipulation isn’t necessarily illegal, but it is immoral, unethical, and dishonest, especially when the people being used are seniors and kids.

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  2. Jerry K says:

    So I’m watching the news on channel 9 and a YISD school built in 1989 is falling apart. Whose family business got that contract? Is it any wonder that voters can’t trust the district to spend wisely?

    Goes double for the city. Doubt it? Need is say, “San Jacinto?”

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  3. Judy Maddox says:

    Parents should say to their young voter that the tax increase on their home is X$$$ what do they want to give up in their home to pay the tax increase

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  4. Judy Maddox says:

    Then you have teachers who tell students they will give Students a higher letter grade if they prove they voted . The teacher and administration should be brought up on charges for paying for a vote . Yes it happens

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    • Deputy Dawg says:

      Again, it is ONLY a violation of law if the teacher/school/district says they will give extra credit if the student can prove they voted YES (or no) on a particular issue.

      Voting is part of a student’s civic duty which is taught in Texas, and getting kids to register to vote or even getting them to vote is no different than giving extra credit for watching the presidential debate.

      I remember getting extra credit for voting in my first presidential election when I was a senior.

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  5. Deputy Dawg says:

    Districts are allowed to disseminate information about a bond. They are not allowed to say “Vote in Favor of the Bond.” So if the video was about how the bond money would be spent if the bond passed, or if it was about the need to fix the schools because they are crumbling, then I believe that is fine. They also can say things like “Don’t forget to vote on Nov. 13…” They cannot say “Don’t forget to vote YES on Nov. 13.” They have to se the old Joe Friday test: “Just the Facts Ma’am.”

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