Comment of the Day: HISD's Definition of Truth

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We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.

So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.

This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

We noted how Houston school superintendent Terry Grier told a legislative board that no general-use funds had been directed towards his pet Apollo 20 project.

It turns out that money from a $4.5 million cut in the contract with Community Education Partners -- a contract that came from general funds -- went to Apollo 20 schools instead of returning into the general fund. HISD spokesman Jason Spencer told us "technically" it was not true that no general funds went to Apollo 20 schools.

Which didn't sit well with one of our readers.

Observer wrote:

"And today, HISD spokesman Jason Spencer confirmed by phone that it was "technically" true."

Assuming that the word "technically" is a direct quote from Mr. Spencer, I'm curious under what circumstances Mr. Spencer believes that something could be true, but not "technically" true. Likewise, does Mr. Spencer believe that something could be false, but yet "technically" true?

Mr. Spencer's response could be quite illuminating, as it might go a long way to explaining HISD's dismal test results, since HISD appears to be creating its own language.

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