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June 30, 2006

Out of control

Filed under: Accountability, common sense, Socialization, Teacher issues, Texas — texased @ 4:51 pm

Control-freak principal ruining people’s lives but won’t admit she’s wrong. Long story, worth reading.
houstonpress.com | News | Cut Short | 2006-06-29 | Printable:

It marked the first time in at least five years that the Fort Bend ISD’s board of trustees had overturned a principal’s decision to expel a student.

At what point do they fire people like this? Who are they helping out by keeping her?



  1. I have read the Houston Press article about Patricia Pacquin. I have always considered this newspaper to have a liberal slant but always the most in-depth no-holds-barred investigative reporting Ihave ever read. As to the Principle, Ms Pacquin, (I refer to her
    this way as it appropriately contracts on the word “miserable”,), I can only say that she must have a serious inferiority complex to purchase a rotten sense of respect at the expense of a youngster who has clearly demonstrated no reason to have been broken down completely. If this is what the Texas Education Agency defends, then I feel compelled to become active in curtailing its power over how citizens can choose to have their kids educated. With all of the teachers exiting Hightower HS with no doubt as to why, it would seem to have been a lesson for ALL of the students there that there is nothing the “system” can do to protect anybody from abusive authority. On the contrary, Patricia Pacquin’s record, from what I have read, would indicate that her leadership methods actually encourage many more students to choose disruptive behavior. I am sure she would be right to think that it is not important if students don’t like her. But she apparently has not won the respect of the students (nor the Board of Trustees, I am sure.). Any refusal to transfer or demote Patricia Pacquin might be construed as a major blemish on HER record…..as if it is more important than all of the students (and teachers) she continues to wreak havoc upon. If only Al Pacino could have come to Hightower as he did in “Scent of a Woman” to dress down Patricia Pacquin for her own version of blind subversion and subjugation of the youth she is licensed to nurture optimally.
    If the people don’t want a mayor, they vote him out the next election. What can the people do to remove an obviously bad Principle? Here again lies the crux of the problem. Does the TEA have more power than your constitutional governmental guidelines for political representatives?

    Comment by Charles J. Neilson MD — April 4, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

  2. Theoretically, people can vote out the school board which should be holding the superintendent accountable who should be holding the principals accountable and so on. Yet it seems that people only think about tax rates when voting in a school board election. It’s situations like this where school choice makes a lot of sense.

    Comment by texased — April 17, 2007 @ 10:14 am

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