Ethics Policy

What is the Fort Worth ISD School Board Hiding?

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Direct Action Texas (DAT) called out the Fort Worth ISD School Board for ditching their ethics policy just before voting on a $750 million bond package. We opined that certain Board Trustees made the decision because they may be unable to adhere to the new policy and cash in on the massive bond. So, they buried its repeal in a long, vaguely worded consent agenda.

Other Trustees were outraged when they discovered the subterfuge, feeling tricked into voting out the merely three-month-old policy. Even the liberal Fort Worth Star Telegram weighed in against the removal of the policy with a serious of articles including this scathing rebuke from the Editorial Board. As outlined in another FWST piece, the Board is still in turmoil over what “ethics” means in Fort Worth. Read More

Fort Worth ISD Board Ditches Ethics for Cash

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The Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) Board had an ethics policy with teeth, but it didn’t last long.  It appears board officials just couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to potentially cash in on the massive $750 Million school bond.

The school board adopted a strong ethics policy in April of this year, but abruptly ditched it a few months later in August. Conveniently for elected officials, this alarming change was made only six days before the board voted to put a $750 million bond package on the November ballot.

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Sullivan: “Don’t mess with Texans’ constitutional rights.”

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donttargetmeConservatives are the bull’s-eye of weaponized government.  Nowhere was this more apparent than Lois Lerner’s deliberate attacks on Tea Party groups.  Until now, the full force of the so-called Texas Ethics Commission was a well-used weapon in that governmental arsenal.  Their latest misfire against Empower Texans will change that fact. The commissioners themselves are now targets of some serious scrutiny and legal action from the very group they tried to attack.

Michael Quinn Sullivan, founder of Empower Texans puts it this way, “Our lawsuit will hold these commissioners personally liable for their unconstitutional actions.  They tried to use us as an excuse to silence all Texans, and instead we will use them as a warning to anyone in power who tries to abuse the public trust. Don’t mess with Texans’ constitutional rights.”

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Nobody Is Above An Ethics Policy

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Councilman Armin Mizani

Armin Mizani was first elected to the Keller City Council in 2014

When I first ran for Keller City Council in November 2014, I was motivated by what I felt was a lack of communication, transparency, and accountability from Town Hall. Effective representation at any level of government requires our elected officials to conduct themselves at the highest possible standard. Read More

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