KATY, TX (FOX 26) - The public school system has many critics, but not many people who think they can come up with a solution. That's not the case in Katy.
"The institution of the school board has failed the taxpayers and the parents," George Scott told Fox26, talking about his motivation to start shadowing a school board.
George Scott is an education watchdog who believes school boards defend administrations instead of being the boss. He says the people who elect them to the board end up not having a voice. So he's going to create his own.
"I am going to put some of the most competent people on this board," Scott says.
Scott's plan is to shadow the Katy ISD school board. He's hoping to raise $13,000 in a KickStarter campaign that would be used to pay for "Freedom of Information" requests.
"They will do a lot of data collecting, and they will look at the decision the board's making," explains Gayle Fallon, the former head of the Houston teacher's union. She's one of the experts Scott has recruited for the project, and illustrates Scott's effort to involve people with a variety of experiences, ethnicities and political leanings.
"We've had areas where we grossly disagree, and we've had areas of great agreement," Fallon says, "What we can agree on is that we're rapidly losing our public schools."
But why is Scott picking on Katy ISD?
"They get to slide under the radar," Scott says. "They get to pretend that everything is perfect in Katy ISD because they are so highly rated."
Katy is one of the better districts, but he says it has problems like all the rest, including gaps in performance between whites and minorities and poor curriculum oversight.
"Reality is more important to me than a pep squad meeting hosted by a portion of the business community who has a vested interest in perpetuating a myth that all is well in Katy ISD," Scott says bluntly. He calls it and arrogent and condescending.
"I'm going to break the cycle of everybody getting up in the morning and turning to the administration building, and pledging allegiance to Katy ISD," Scott says. "At some point reality has to come to place."
Scott says if he can raise the money, by Spring of 2016 he'll have created a resource to evaluate school districts across the state.