Parental Rights, Taxpayer Groups Call for Replacement Monitor For Out-Of-Control School District
ROUND ROCK, Texas – In response to complaints of wrongdoing against the Round Rock ISD board, the Texas Education Agency assigned board monitor David Faltys to Round Rock ISD. However, Faltys appears to have conflicts of interest due to recent business dealings with Round Rock ISD.
In the Spring of 2021 Faltys, through his consultancy with Ray and Associates, was instrumental in the locating and hiring of Dr. Hafedh Azaiez as Round Rock ISD Superintendent. RRISD paid Ray and Associates $32,000 for their services, with the caveat that Ray and Associates will perform another search free of charge if Azaiez is terminated or quits within the first two years.
“David Faltys appears to have a clear conflict of interest in this matter, having a financial incentive to ensure Azaiez retains his employment with RRISD for at least two years.” said True Texas Project spokesman Jeremy Story. “It is very concerning that TEA would assign a monitor to oversee and advise a district who apparently has a personal financial incentive to maintain the status quo in that district.”
With the discovery of Faltys’s apparent conflicts of interest, groups of concerned parents and stakeholders have written to the TEA asking for Faltys to be removed and for a new monitor to be assigned.
“We hope that this was just an oversight on the part of TEA,” said Dustin Clark of the Round Rock Parent Coalition. “We are calling on TEA to immediately remove David Faltys and assign a monitor who can perform their duties impartially, with no conflicts of interest.”
The corruption and legal problems plaguing RRISD have garnered national media coverage over the past several months. Activist groups of concerned parents and district stakeholders have formed, focused on restoring transparency and lawful order to the district’s governing body. These groups of concerned parents have gained support from Texas political candidates, including gubernatorial candidates Allen West and Don Huffines, Texas House District 136 candidate Michelle Evans, and Texas House District 52 candidates Nelson Jarrin, Caroline Harris, and Patrick McGuinness. Groups calling for the replacement of Faltys as TEA monitor include:
Round Rock Parent Coalition
True Texas Project
Wilco We Thee People
Moms for Liberty of Williamson County
Travis County Taxpayers Union