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Tense moments at the CCISD board meeting after members ask about reading scores

Posted at 11:45 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 00:47:56-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — With area school districts gearing up for state standardized testing, such as reading, the CCISD school board expressed its concerns about low reading scores and data during Monday's regular meeting.

The "Accelerated Reader" is designed to increase literacy within the district. Board members asked about the district's scores, and voiced concerns as to whether students are completing reading assignments.

That's when things got a little heated.

CCISD Coordinator for Reading Instruction and Library Media Services Dr. Cynthia Hernandez said the teachers, along with faculty, aren't doing enough.

"It is like banging my head against the wall," she said.

She goes on to say that she doesn't supervise teachers or principals, while getting emotional in her speech.

“I'm trying everything I can, but it has to . . . these . . . some things are beyond what I can do," she said, getting emotional. "I'm not their supervisor -- the teachers -- I'm not the supervisor of the principals, and they're going to be all mad at me because I'm saying this, but . . .”

Hernandez's comments lead members of the American Federation of Teachers to call a news conference for Wednesday to respond to her comments. Our Action 10 News team will be there, and is scheduled to meet with CCISD officials to discuss reading scores.

Tuned into Action 10 News on Wednesday to see what they said.