School bond money prompts boycott

March 26, 2008 4:57:51 PM PDT
Ten months after Waller County voters approved a school bond election, there's now a call to boycott businesses in the city of Waller, protesting how that bond money is to be spent. There's on-going tension between Waller and the neighboring city of Prairie View. In the past it involved the ability of university students to vote in local elections. Now it's over how much of the bond money will be spent on a school located in the largely African-American community. Jones Elementary will get $220,000 for improvements, while more than $17 million will be spent on a football stadium for the school district.

Dewayne Charleston of the Waller Count Leadership Council explained, "What the federal judge has said is you can have separate but unequal facilities, just so long as the justice department says it's OK and just so long as the voters approve it."

The law firm that represented the Waller school district in seven unsuccessful challenges to the bond election claims more money is being spent at Jones Elementary in Prairie View, than at any school in the district.

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