HISD's Diana Davila Resigns, And Rumors Fly

Houston school board member Diana Davila's sudden resignation, announced late yesterday, has a lot of rumors flying.

Whether any of them are true is another question.

Davila did not respond to our request for an interview, but HISD spokesman Norm Uhl says she told the district "she was resigning for personal and family reasons."

That hasn't stopped a slew of rumors -- involving both her personal and professional life -- from circulating.

Davila and her husband, Abel, are a power couple in Houston Hispanic politics. He was former chair of the board of the troubled Houston Community College before a surprise announcement last year that he would not run for re-election.

Both Davilas have been aggressive -- way too aggressive, some say -- in pushing to get jobs and contracts for friends, family and supporters.

Uhl said Diana Davila is under no sort of investigation by HISD, one of the rumors going around, apparently.

As for the personal-life rumors, they're the usual stuff that springs up in the wake of sudden "spend more time with the family" announcements by politicos.

Davila was elected to the HISD board in 2003 and re-elected four years later. Her term would have ended next year.

Davila says she will attend the HISD board meeting this afternoon, according to the Houston Chronicle, but simply make a statement and leave "because she did not read agenda materials" for the meeting.


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