Backing up, full speed

Farmers Branch, the North Texas suburb that tried, but failed, to kick all its illegal immigrants out of town, now is trying to secede from its local school district. More precisely, its mayor, Tim O’Hare, says the city council wants to explore whether the city can take its kids out of the CarrolltonFarmers Branch and Dallas ISDs and form its own school district.

Why? Because CarrolltonFarmers Branch ISD has allowed a chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to conduct an antidropout mentoring program at one of its high schools. Only someone with his head deeply buried in the sand would oppose a reputable dropout prevention program.

In case you don’t remember, Farmers Branch got national attention a few years ago over a city ordinance that tried to close rental housing to illegal immigrants. A federal judge threw out the antiimmigrant measure, and some city leaders apparently are still angry that LULAC actively protested against it.

Let us hope the CarrolltonFarmers Branch school board ignores the council and that Farmers Branch taxpayers get tired of wasting money on legal fees, which is what a school district disannexation fight likely would involve.

LULAC is trying to help move Texas forward, but the Farmers Branch city hall remains stuck in reverse.


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