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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


Typical, just typical.....A new group has formed called the group. One of their goals is to make the school district in Fort Bend accountable for the state ratings it received for its various campuses and to check the veracity of the district’s scoring methods. I’ve mentioned them before.

They are concerned because so many Fort Bend ISD students graduate from high school without the proper skills or go off to college and then have to spend a lot of time (and money) “catching up” with their skills before they can take college classes. Of course, this is happening all over the state, but this group is only concerned with Fort Bend ISD.

Parents and businesses have been fed a set of numbers by the state based on the TAKS test about the excellence of education their students are receiving which have no connection to real life.

In any event, Fort Bend ISD is having a public hearing on the Academic Excellence Indicator (AEIS) System for Fort Bend Independent School District at 5:00 PM on February 14, 2011. According to the district, the AEIS report pulls together a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas every year.

If you are on your computer, you can find it by going here:

The group asked to see the public information about the AEIS report before the Feb. 14 hearing date. In fact, they asked to receive it when the board members got their copy. I suppose they want to study it and analyze how FBISD did before the meeting so they can ask some questions.

About 30 minutes after asking to receive a copy of the report, the part that is available to the public, they received a reply from Sandra Scott Bonner, the Fort Bend ISD employee who handles all the requests of that nature. Ms. Bonner informed them that the district has 10 days to respond, making the receipt of the information well AFTER the Feb. 14 meeting date.

And I know this because I am on both the ISupportFBISD and Ms. Bonner’s email distribution list.

You know, when I get stonewalled like this, it immediately arouses my suspicions.

So at 7:30 a.m. I got online to see what the AEIS report is all about. I found a news release at the bottom on the district website, but still on the front page.

I found it’s all about testing. Last summer a Chronicle columnist reported that State Rep. Scott Hochberg busted the TEA during a hearing as projecting bogus numbers. Hochberg questioned how the state school districts given the top rating of “exemplary” based on TAKS scores had risen from 43 in 2008 to 117 in 2009. (Could this explain Dr. Jenney’s supposed success and bonus?)

Hochberg found that this bump in the ratings was the result of “projected” scores based on the student’s improvement in scores.

In other words, it’s hooey.

I urge you to read Rick Casey’s column in the Chronicle (July 6, 2010) and you will know what both I and ISupportFBISD mean.

Still suspicious.....When I checked the district’s website at 7:30 a.m. and saw the press release about the AEIS hearing, I sent it to our reporter to keep her in the loop. But when I checked again at 9 a.m. the press release was gone.

Let me get this straight. A press release about the AEIS hearing was on the front page of the district’s website until the emails started flying. Then after that, it disappears.

When I called Mary Ann Simpson, the district’s hired liar, she got sweet little Nancy Porter in on it (Mary Ann is sweet also) and both helped me locate the original press release deep in the bowels of the district website. Nancy claimed she had reordered the website to make it more timely last night and what I was seeing at 7:30 a.m. was a “cached” copy--a copy in the computer’s memory that will stay there until rebooted. I pretended to believe them.

But back to the future.....Why the district spends all this money on “open communication,” finances a PR department for a million dollars a year (conservatively) then stonewalls district patrons who try to find information, baffles me.

Idiots! (I’m beginning to sound like a bad record.)

Pete Olson, won’t you please not come home.....I saw Pete Olson dancing at the Fort Bend Chamber banquet Saturday night. While I admire Pete for going to those things when he is home and Nancy probably has better things for him to do, I think he should get his bohunkus back to Washington and commence to creating all those jobs the Republicans said they were going to. Remember that. Seems to me the only work they have done has been about abortions.

Double idiots!

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