May 19, 2005
Katy ISD kerfuffle

Rick Casey highlighted a controversy from the recent Katy ISD school board elections in which the director of secondary education sent out an email to his subordinates extolling a vote for the incumbents and reminding them to do the same to their employees. Greg has some analysis, and you can find more background here and here.

I don't have a whole lot to add to this. I think Casey is right to focus on the differences between a supervisor telling his employees how to vote and a teacher sending campaign information to peers - both were misuses of school resources, but if one is inclined to disagree with the pitch, the former is coercive while the latter is merely annoying. The fact that this occurred in a low turnout election makes it in some ways more serious, since a couple hundred votes was all that separated the winners from the also-rans. Unfortunately, we may never know what if anything will happen to the offender, since internal disciplinary procedures are (justifiably) confidential. Maybe next time at least he'll know people are watching him.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 19, 2005 to Election 2005 | TrackBack