Good report by Lynn Walsh of Texas Watchdog today focusing on the culture of influence that thrived in HISD despite the organization's paper-strong ethics policy. The entire story is a good case-study on what happens when an organization goes wrong.
Part (not all) of the cause is the way we currently handle our education-spending debate. Throwing money at the problem has become de rigueur and any suggestion that the District should do without becomes an attack on "the children" instead of an attack on an administrative system that's spiraling out of control. Politics of emotion is damaging, and a terrible way to run a City/County/State/Country.
What we need is clear-minded debate. What we're getting is ever more bloggers, reporters, politicians and pundits running around with their hair on fire.