DISD Trustees to Vote on Confidence in Hinojosa

Board approves ethics policy allowing members to do business with district

The Dallas Independent School District's Board of Trustees said it will meet Monday to vote on its level of confidence in how embattled Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is running the district.

At a meeting Thursday marked by protests and yelling, trustees also approved an ethics policy that allows board members to do business with the district.

Dozens of protestors who picketed outside DISD headquarters before the board meeting said they have already lost confidence in both the board and Hinojosa.

The crowd chanted, "Hinojosa must go."

Inside the meeting, attendees flanked by security guards demanded trustees vote down an amended district policy that would allow board members to do business with the district.

Trustee Carla Ranger said the policy creates a conflict of interest.

"Why is it that this board will vote for a policy that allows trustees to do what we have set policies to say that employees cannot do?" she said.

Dozens of protestors outside the meeting voiced frustration with recent districtwide layoffs, DISD's multimillion-dollar budget deficit and Hinojosa.

"There have been a multitude of things that have happened, and they aren't holding him to a level of accountability, and I'm angry about that," parent Coral Haynes said.

The board passed the ethics policy with a vote of 5-4.

People at the meeting then chanted that board president Jack Lowe "must go."

"If, for whatever reason, this board continues not to hold people accountable and do things they need to do, then it's time to change the players; it's time to change the board," said Dale Kaiser, president of the National Education Association.

If a majority of the trustees vote Monday that they have no confidence in Hinojosa, the superintendent will be under new pressure to resign, Kaiser said.

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