You’ve got to love the public forum portion of city meetings. Anyone who signs up can speak for three minutes. It’s so democratic.
It also brings out a variety of opinions on topics that may or may not even be on the agenda. When I attended the Dallas ISD board meeting yesterday, I never expected to get a earful about Highland Park High School. And to be fair, it was really more like an ear-quarter-ful.
“If I gave Highland Park High School $10M and asked then to rename it Booker T. Washington High School, they’d probably put me in jail,” said Rev. Peter Johnson, who voiced his opinion on a host of issues.
Johnson used this illustration as the exclamation point on his frustration with the lack of naming rights given in South Oak Cliff, particularly the board’s refusal to name a school after John Hope Franklin at the June meeting.
Update: This just in from Unfair Park regarding the district’s distaste of the public forum.