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Yesterday we noted how the Houston school district cut a sweetheart deal with the Houston Chronicle that involved giving the paper exclusive access and briefings on a long-awaited report on magnet schools. Some readers were okay with that; others thought the reasoning of HISD's man behind the plan, former Chron editor Jason Spencer, was specious.
I think the reasoning is poor, at best. HISD should want EVERY media outlet to report this hot topic correctly. So instead of a private meeting with Mellon, Spencer should have called everybody in to get that private tutoring. All he's done is make the other outlets mad. What's the Chronicle going to do, NOT report it?, if they don't get it first. Spencer gave away good will for nothing. And HISD needs good will as it flounders around at the moment.