Two Thumbs Down For HISD's Televised Board Meetings
Somehow we missed the moment last week when the HISD board decided to enter the 1980s and televise their board meetings, something we've written about before.
But the Bellaire Examiner sucked it up and sat through it. Color them unimpressed with the district's efforts, which keeps off-air anything remotely interesting:
The capsule review of Houston ISD's first televised board meeting last Thursday is two thumbs down. It was neither good TV nor good public policy.
Viewers were put through the sort of excruciating self-promotion and hyperbole that has given HISD a reputation for shameless "spin."
Spin is actually a kind word for what was old-fashioned, heavy handed propaganda by trustees.
No public comments are allowed to be aired, and most of the nuts-and-bolts discussion of issues takes place before the pro-forma televised meetings.
So, HISD: You've made it to 1986, in terms of televising board meetings. We know you can make it to the `90s.
Give it a chance. We'll all be waiting for you here, in 2009.