Even among the staunchest critics of Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles, trustee Joyce Foreman stands out in her relentless pursuit of his head. And lately, her anti-Miles advocacy has targeted the basic needs of schools and schoolchildren: She's voted against things as mundane and necessary approving monthly financial statements and buying new lawnmower blades. She's voted against accepting grant funds and an early childhood home visitation program done in cooperation with the United Way.
Over the weekend, Foreman proved how committed she is to ousting Miles and abandoning all reason and decorum in the process: She spent five hours arguing with anonymous Dallas gadfly Wylie H.
Wylie H is the anonymous internet persona who pops up to offer insider information with some regularity in the comment sections of various Dallas news websites. He or she runs an active Facebook feed, posting almost anything that gets written citywide about development, DISD or city hall politics.
Sunday morning, Wylie H linked to an article from D Magazine's Eric Celeste, who torched Foreman and other critics of Miles on the board for their attempts to get rid of the reform-minded superintendent. He called out Foreman specifically for voting against the consent agenda at a school board meeting last week.
After, presumably, reading Celeste's post, Wylie H -- who is a fictional character no matter how much we all believe in him or her -- decided to poke the bear. Foreman then decided to get into a social media bust-up with someone without a face. She later deleted her comments. Thank God for screengrabs.
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Here Foreman is jumping in:
She explains that she voted against accepting funding for the United Way early childhood program because the organization would be "tracking our babies." She voted against the financial statements, she said, because the district is over budget. She didn't think they were incorrect, necessarily, she's just unhappy with the way things are being handled.
Eventually, she gets around to telling everyone the real reason Celeste has a problem with her. He hates women.
This is where we are, Dallas. Elected officials fighting with cartoon characters, and losing.