State Senator Mario Gallegos Says HISD's Apollo 20 Contracts May Be Unethical

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Mario Gallegos goes after Terry Grier again.
State Senator Mario Gallegos, a persistent critic of Houston school superintendent Terry Grier's Apollo 20 pilot program, has asked the Texas Education Agency to audit the contracts involved in it.

He says there are ethical questions involving HISD, the HISD Foundation (which he says is involved in fund-raising and contracting for the project), Harvard University's Ed Labs, whose Roland Fryer is the brains behind Apollo 20, and Blueprint, Inc., which he says has been hired by the district to implement the project.

HISD and the HISD Foundation are essentially the same, he says, as are Ed Labs and Blueprint.

"An examination of the Apollo program suggests that certain individuals may be enriching themselves at the hands of our children and taxpayers," he wrote.

He said he wants TEA "to ensure that private citizens are not improperly benefitting from the design and implementation of the Apollo program."

We asked HISD spokesman Jason Spencer for a response. "We're happy to address Senator Gallegos' questions and will do so in the near future," he said.

Gallegos says there "is an almost complete overlap" between the boards and staff of Fryer's Ed Labs, which is not receiving any HISD compensation, and Blueprint, which he says is.

Spencer says he'll pass on HISD's written response when they send it to Gallegos. They're "aiming for today," he says.

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Bell Wether
Bell Wether

OK, the messenger has been addressed!  

Now let's read that message again.....

Ariana17
Ariana17

I didn't know anything about Mario Galegos until I searched his name on this site. Is it just me, or does he only get his name in print when he's talking about Terry Grier? Did he do anything of note while in Austin? It was a kind of important session, wasn't it? I'm guessing he has a man crush on Terry G.

Lifeznotfair
Lifeznotfair

Senator Gallegos and ethics. Guffaw, snort , snicker. Come on man. You can't even use the word ethics in a sentence without busting up. Who you trying to fool , fool?

big red
big red

For a guy who has only a community college degree, he seems to be quite the expert on education, doesn't he?

Bangthedrum
Bangthedrum

How much longer do we have to put up with Mario the Maniac? If he spent 1/10 the time on helping this city as he does boozing womanizing and trying to stick it to Greer maybe Hispanic kids would be doing better than they are and have been doing for years. Get off your high horse and get some real work done or step aside to let someone else with integrity represent us

Eastsider
Eastsider

Please Senator enough. Your an on- going embarrassment to our community. We work hard to make a good life for our children and to be good role models for them but you make it hard to do that when you throw stones from a glass house. Your pregnant girlfriend took you to court for your harmful actions. Stand up and be honorable and fight for good education for all of our kids.

Truthspeaker5
Truthspeaker5

Mario Gallegos and ethics in the same sentence? That's rich. Google those terms and you find he was fined $8,600 by the Texas Ethics Commission for a bevy of infractions that include lying about using campaign funds to enrich himself and failing to disclose union donations.

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