I'm happy to be quoted in this piece by KUT.org. I am disappointed, however, in our community members and leadership not showing up, and not even sending me an email or any kind of notification why they didn't show up. I know it's a busy time. It's a very busy time for me, too. My hopes are that we ourselves—particularly as self-proclaimed community leaders—get involved in AISD Board matters.
Consider the following statistics as you ponder what I am saying that speak to the kind of leadership that we need right now on the AISD Board:
Currently we have 83,000 AISD Students
Minority students represent nearly 75% of all of our students.
Latino students represent 60%
African-Americans represent 7.5%
English Language Learners represent over 28% (over 23,000 students)
Economically Disadvantaged 60%
Refugee students from 42 Countries (over 1,000 students)
Almost 100 languages Spoken in our AISD schools
I am not at all disheartened by the outcome of the board election (see below). In fact, I'm more motivated and genuinely interested in working with and helping the board than I ever have been.
Please, do not tell me to run for office. My sincere preference is for all of us to take the "good medicine," as well, and get more involved.