An Express-News columnist writes that the Texas Education Agency asked him for Marisa Perez‘s cell phone number because they needed to confirm she was coming to the orientation for new State Board of Education members on December 10, and she hadn’t replied to their email. “Even TEA finds SBOE member inaccessible”, Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, December 1, 2012.
According to TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe:
“It’s a training session for new members,” Ratcliffe told me. “It’s a daylong deal, and we walk them through some logistical things about when they take their oath of office and ethical requirements, and then we talk to them about some of the topics they’ll be dealing with.
“It’s a pretty informative day.”
Chasnoff says that she called TEA back on Friday. He notes that the SBOE makes important decisions about curriculum, but that he is “discouraged” that Perez may not have the political skills to influence other members of the board. (I would add that SBOE also makes important decisions about charter schools.) Other reporters have also noted that Perez is inaccessible, including Patrick Michels of the Texas Observer, Greg Jefferson, formerly of Plaza de Armas and now of the San Antonio Business Journal, Rick Casey of KLRN, Gloria Padilla of the Express-News, and Lindsay Kastner, during Perez’s Express-News editorial board interview.