TEA monitor barred from giving public report on South San Antonio school district

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A Texas Education Agency liaison monitoring the South San Antonio school district said Wednesday night the school board would not allow her to report publicly on the district’s operation, Fox San Antonio reported.

The response to TEA monitor Laurie Elliott from a former member of that board: Stay in your lane.

Elliott aired her frustrations during the public comment portion of the board meeting, the TV station reported.

“I am just making you aware of the situation and the actions that I am going to take to contact the Texas Education Agency and get clarification,” Elliot said.

She said the board would only allow her to discuss her findings during executive session, when the board meets away from the public. But former board member Stacey Alderete said those reports were never revealed in open session in the past.

“This TEA monitor needs to stay in her lane,” Alderete said. 

The TV station noted that the report in question is a public record that can be obtained from either the TEA or the district itself.

The TEA is investigating the board’s failure to collaborate with the district’s superintendent. Elliott recommended to the TEA in May that the state appoint a conservator to lead the district due to dysfunction of the board. 

Attorney Kevin O’Hanlon told reporters after the meeting that board members “want to study [the report]” in closed session “before they get a shotgun to the face,” implying the report would be critical of the board.   

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