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Suspended educator hosts online town hall meeting to voice concerns

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Errol Jones says he's still on Alief ISD's payroll. He's just not allowed on school district property.

"Really I'm not quite sure (why)," he said. " There's been no reasons given"

Jones has been openly critical of the district for some time now.

A few years back, he organized help for the family of a special needs student after the district spent hundreds of thousands of dollars suing the family.

The legal mess started when the parents of an autistic child disagreed with the way the district was educating their son. Jones made sure people knew about the situation.

This time, he plans to use the internet to voice his latest concerns, and he already has some parental support.

"Tomorrow night we're going to ask the school board members to come to (an) open town hall meeting on line," he said. "We want to ask them about some of the hiring practices that have been going on here in Alief and we want to ask about what we consider racist practices."

Gary Jackson plans to listen to the online broadcast. All four of his children attend Alief schools.

"My concern is I think the district has lost focus of the kids, the kids and the policies of what's going on," Jackson said. "Everything they're doing right now is hurting the kids."

Like school districts statewide, Alief students will take the STAAR test, the state's standardized exam next week.

That's if they show up to school.

And as Jones, the currently suspended educator knows, a drop in attendance means a drop in school funding.

"I've talked to a number of parents and a number of parents are willing to keep their children at home so that way it will impact the STAAR test directly," he said.

Jackson is one of those parents.

"Yes it is drastic, but drastic things need to be done at this point."

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