Wednesday, October 28, 2009

At Least She Spelled My Name Right

Houston - Tonight I did a television interview with ABC affiliate KTRK Channel 13 in Houston, Texas regarding the Alphonso Crutch Charter School's ongoing battle with the Texas Education Agency. One of Channel 13's best reporters, Jessica Wiley interviewed me for her 10 pm broadcast package. Unfortunately, the children of Houston will continue to suffer because Mrs. Wiley failed to make TEA prove or document their false claims about the school. So, she aired a story that did two things: 1) reinforced her station's investigative report from 6 years ago and 2) allowed TEA to make claims that could not be documented or verified.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of the press for a reason. The press is not suppose to take the government or any body's word for anything. For the press in this and every case, documentation should trump conversation. If there is to be any justice for the children of Alphonso Crutch Charter School, someone from the press or community has to join me in trying to expose TEA's violation of the law and human rights of our children. I grieve for the children. Mrs. Wiley and Channel 13 missed an opportunity to make TEA prove their claims. They also failed to accept our invitation to review documents and records that prove our position. Oh well, at least she spelled my name right. I should be grateful for something.

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