Garden Oaks Comments Live On in Cyberspace (Updated)
And what's happened to all the comments registered has made several Garden Oaks parents -- mostly the ones opposed to the conversion -- even madder. They say the Houston ISD took down the eight pages of comments from parents and teachers (in both English and Spanish) without explanation. It's possible the multitude of attitude overwhelmed their computer systems, maybe someone didn't like what was said, or maybe they thought they were repeating themselves.
Naturally, a technologically-astute parent captured it all before it vanished into the ether and we at Hair Balls would like you to have a chance to look at it.
Some of the comments are supportive of the change from parents who believe Montessori is the best teaching approach there is for all kids. Other commenters disagree; the word "dictator" is used in reference to Superintendent Terry Grier and dissenters say the proposed change is tearing their neighborhood apart.
We put in a call to the HISD press office, who is checking with their IT folks to see why the comments were taken down. We'll let you know when we hear back. In the meantime, if you are so inclined, read on.
Another update: HISD has the cleaned-up comments back up on its website.