Residents should note that Harris County houses Texas' very last county
school board, which is a county governmental entity from when school districts
were common instead of independent.
Harris County Department of Education actually runs in the black and, through grants and private venture, turns
$1 of tax dollars into $5. It has four schools for the most mentally and
emotionally challenged children in Harris County. Taxpayers pay less than
$10 on average in property taxes annually to HCDE. Without HCDE local
independent school districts will increase their tax rates to offset the
increases in costs. This would probably result in taxpayers paying on
average $50 more to their local isd. Personally, I'm taxed enough already!
Even though HCDE operates in the black, what is most shocking is that
corrupt political opportunists pretending to be conservative are attempting
to destroy this county organization. These opportunists
hold secret meetings with little to no notice to the public where they refuse to let the public
speak! Heck, they barely let elected trustees speak.
Mike Wolfe, who sexually harassed an applicant for board secretary is still
allowed to participate on the school board. Wolfe has been censured twice
and is rumored to be running for reelection.
HCDE’s board voted to censure Trustee Michael Wolfe over
sexual harassment allegations hours after a state district judge denied his request for a temporary
Trustees on Wednesday voted 4-2, with Trustee Don Sumners abstaining,
to issue the formal reprimand. Trustee George Moore broke with others
in the board’s new majority, of which Wolfe is a part, to vote in
favor of the punishment. Moore would not comment about his vote.
In voting not to censure, Trustee Josh Flynn, admits that his vote "will
hurt his reputation." Previously, I
wrote about how voters should be embarrassed with Flynn because he brought extreme
corruption to HCDE. Now it appears that Flynn condones sexual harassment.