Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Democrats Want HCDE to Encourage Students to Sit for the Pledge

Harris County is home to the only school board in Texas elected by political party – The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE.) 

At their October meeting, Democrat Trustee Erica Lee-Carter (daughter of Democrat US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee) refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Later in the meeting, Trustee Lee-Carter spoke on the issue requesting that an item be placed on the November agenda for HCDE to vote to affirm the right of all students and staff to remain seated during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Diane Trautman, the only other Democrat Trustee, stated her “support” for Trustee Lee-Carter in her comments.

Note: You can view the full meeting video here.  Lee-Carter at 54:23; Trautman at 57:20 

But, Texas statute already confirms a parent’s right to excuse his/her child during the Pledge of Allegiance. Every school district has a policy in place for parents to sign a waiver.

Why are these Democrat HCDE Trustees who have served on this board for FIVE YEARS, suddenly interested in sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance? 

Why do they want HCDE to go “on the record” supporting disrespect for our flag and the soldiers who died for it?

HCDE already uses our property taxes to push every liberal federally funded “education” program the Democrats crave, from Head Start to 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

Now the Democrats want to use HCDE to train students and staff to protest in support of the liberal Democrat agenda during school hours!

The next HCDE meeting will be Wed., Nov 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm.

If you would like to let the HCDE Trustees know how you feel about elected County School Trustees refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, and encouraging students and teachers to do the same, their contact info is below:

(1) You can leave a message by phone: 713-694-6300
       ...ask to speak to the Board Secretary ...or...  

(2) You can email the Trustees individually:


Eric Lee-Carter   elee@hcde-texas.org