The Price is Wrong

According to local fact-checker and hellraiser Allen Gwinn, WFAA-Channel 8 will air a piece tonight at 1o that doesn't make Dallas school board trustee Ron Price too happy. It has to do with Price's May 2005 speech to the 245 graduates of Woodrow Wilson High School, in which Price claims, among other things, to have served as a president of the State Board of Education. You can even watch the video in which he makes that boast. And, wow, that'd be really impressive, if it were true.

When reached this afternoon, DeEtta Culbertson, spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency, said Price has never so much as been on the board, much less served as its president. The TEA can't even slap Price on the wrist for making such a claim: "It's like someone claiming to have invented the Internet," she said with a laugh. "There's nothing to be done about it. Just expose 'em. We don't even have presidents. Chairman is the correct term." Culbertson also said our query marked the second time she's been asked this question in two weeks: WFAA's Brad Watson also wanted to know whether Gwinn was right. Turns out he is, and Brad'll say so tonight at 10. So we hear. --Robert Wilonsky

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