HISD Keeps Giving Money To Neil Bush

In case you were wondering whether HISD's love affair with the Bushes would end with an Obama victory, you have your answer -- it won't.

On the board agenda for Wednesday is an item to spend $350,000 more on Ignite!, the computer-learning company founded by Neil Bush through the kindness of various sorta shady foreign sources and the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. We've written about Ignite! before.

The agenda item notes that the money will go for hardware, software and renewal licenses.

In the past, HISD has spent money on Ignite!, taken donations from the private sector for matching funds, and, memorably, took a Katrina-related donation from Barbara Bush.

This year, it appears, they're just going to skip the middle-man and buy it outright.

Ignite! concerns itself mostly with the "Curriculum on Wheels," a kind of Schoolhouse Rock approach to teaching things. Reviews of its effectiveness have been mixed.

But what's $350,000 between friends?

-- Richard Connelly

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