Cy-Fair ISD trustee’s comments on Black teachers spark accusations of racism – Houston Chronicle – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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A Cypress-Fairbanks ISD school board trustee has come under fire this week for his comments, one of which discounted Black teachers, after a public presentation on the school district’s equity and culture audit. 

Trustee Scott Henry’s remarks sparked fury, allegations of racism and calls for his resignation on Wednesday.

Henry linked more Black teachers to lower school district performance at the school board’s work session on Monday, Jan, 10, citing Houston ISD, which is predominantly Hispanic and Black, as an example.

“Cy-Fair has, what, 13 percent Black teachers,” Henry said.

“Do you know what the statewide percent is for Black teachers? 10 percent. Houston ISD, which I’ll use to shine an example, you know what their average percentage of Black teachers is? 36 percent. I looked that up. You know what their dropout rate is? 4 percent. I don’t want to be 4 percent. I don’t want to be HISD. I want to be a shining example. I want to be the district standard. I want to be the premium place where people go to be.”

The comment was made during the reports portion of the agenda after Cy-Fair ISD human resources director, Onica Mayers, presented an oral report with findings from the district’s equity and culture audit conducted by Millennium Learning Concepts. Mayers also shared findings from year-long surveys sent to staff and secondary students, interviews and focus groups, and walk-throughs and classroom observations.  

Millennium recommended that the district form an equity-focused administrative office to provide support to underserved student populations. A video of the entire meeting is available on YouTube.

A screengrab from a presentation on diversity and equity given to the Cy-Fair ISD Board of Trustees on Jan. 10, 2022. 
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A screengrab from a presentation on diversity and equity given to the Cy-Fair ISD Board of Trustees on Jan. 10, 2022. 

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A screengrab from a presentation on diversity and equity given to the Cy-Fair ISD Board of Trustees on Jan. 10, 2022. 
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A screengrab from a presentation on diversity and equity given to the Cy-Fair ISD Board of Trustees on Jan. 10, 2022. 

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A screengrab from a presentation on diversity and equity given to the Cy-Fair ISD Board of Trustees on Jan. 10, 2022. 
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A screengrab from a presentation on diversity and equity given to the Cy-Fair ISD Board of Trustees on Jan. 10, 2022. 

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Cy-Fair ISD Trustee Scott Henry speaks suring a school board work session on Jan. 10, 2022. 
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Cy-Fair ISD Trustee Scott Henry speaks suring a school board work session on Jan. 10, 2022. 

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Henry took issue with the audit, a


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