As mentioned earlier, Marisa Perez, district 3 candidate for the State Board of Education, recently accepted a job in governmental relations for San Antonio ISD. The editors of the San Antonio Express news say this is a “bad idea.” “Latest hire raises issues of conflict”, San Antonio Express-News, September 2, 2012. Technically, there is no legal prohibition on a public employee serving on the SBOE. But, the editorial continues:
Even if that legal interpretation is correct, it is unseemly at best for a school district’s government relations officer to be a member of a government board that sets education policy impacting the district.
If Perez’s new job were in a classroom or in an accounting and did not require work as a governmental liaison, things might be viewed differently.
The move illustrates a lack of judgment by a school district already suffering with major public trust issues.