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After comments about black teachers, Texas school counselor comes to the defense

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK/CNN) — A Texas school board administrator has defended comments he made where he linked black teachers to student dropout rates.

“Because I dared to deny that this equated to high retention rates, my life was threatened, and my wife and children were targeted. I will take responsibility for not saying it more eloquently Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Board Trustee Scott Henry said.

In his first public comments since Monday, Henry said his passion for students led him to make a false equivalence between black teachers and high dropout rates in the Houston Independent School District in response to an audit by fairness to which he opposes.

Three days later, 34 people showed up at a board meeting to respond.

“And despite the false statistics that have been shared, none of my students to date have dropped out due to their teacher being black. Instead, they have thrived and are changing the world one day at a time,’ said a teacher who identified herself as Ms Hudson.

“I support Scott Henry and the goal of providing all children with the resources and curriculum they need to succeed. The audit is not intended to ensure that every child will receive the tools they need to improve their performance in reading, writing and arithmetic,” said Clark Benson.

“Please focus on the students, as we are the school district’s number one priority. Thank you,” said student Brian Lamb.

Most speakers said they supported the fairness audit that Henry opposed and continued to call for his resignation.

None of the council members echoed those calls, although Gilbert Sarabia, Lucas Scanlon, Debbie Blackshear, Julie Hinaman and Tom Jackson all indicated some support for understanding the audit and implementing some changes in the district. .

Jackson, the chairman of the board, apologized to the community while describing Henry’s comments as a mistake like tapping a toe.

No action has been taken on the matter beyond comments from board members and the public.

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Margarita W. Wilson

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