Tangi School Board getting the message? Saturday, Aug 30 2014
Our money to lawyers
On Thursday, a third member of the 9-member Tangipahoa Parish School Board decided to throw in the towel and not run for reelection.
As a result, a majority of the new board should be in favor of ending the almost 50-year old desegregation lawsuit. At least, that’s the message we hope the replacements for the three incumbents have received from the voters of Tangipahoa Parish. The two incumbents that were reelected without opposition have consistently tried to end the litigation.
There’s still work to be done. Another member who has been convicted of defrauding the taxpayers of millions of dollars may soon have his probation revoked and thus become ineligible to run for reelection in the November 4 election. We need the District Attorney to move on this matter quickly.
That leaves only three incumbents who have wasted millions of our tax dollars on lawyers for the plaintiffs and the school board rather than the classroom. As a result of this waste, the property owners of Hammond have been forced to pay higher taxes to sustain the existing schools.
The taxpayers and children of Tangipahoa Parish deserve for this litigation to end. If we are successful in ridding the school board of three more members, the first order of business for the new school board should be to either demand that the board’s attorneys end the litigation or find attorneys who will.
On November 4, send the message to Gail Pittman-McDaniel, Sandra Bailey-Simmons and Rose Dominguez that we are sick and tired of them wasting our money on lawyers instead of the children. Please vote for one of their opponents.
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