HISD: Not must-see TV

Earlier this month, HISD agreed to broadcast its monthly meetings on its cable access station. While the promise of making their meetings more transparent to the public was appealing, it would seem there’s still a few bugs in the system.

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.

It gets harsher from there. I still think this is a good and necessary idea, but clearly there’s room for improvement in the execution. Thanks to Hair Balls for the tip.

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