HOUSTON -- From the outside it s hard to tell, but there are rumblings of religious discontent, among bus drivers and other workers at HISD.
They feel like they ve been kicked in the teeth again by HISD, said Wretha Thomas, the president of the union that represents the district s bus drivers.
She s upset because district officials have made Good Friday a make-up day because of this winter s ice storms that kept kids home from school. Opponents of the move believe the district could have selected another day. They plan to protest and are calling for a district wide boycott.
We re asking the parents to keep your children home that day so that you can impact the pockets of the HISD school district, said Dr. Carolyn Evans of the NAACP.
Larry McKinzie has two kids attending HISD schools.
I didn t understand the reasoning, but I know one thing, said McKinzie. My kids will be at home.
According to HISD Spokesperson Sheleah Reed, We will follow all district guidelines that pertain to religious holidays to ensure workers who are observing the holiday are not penalized.
But one bus driver who asked not to be identified for fear of losing her job, said she was holding out hope that Good Friday wouldn t be a work day after all.
I ll be praying that they have a change of heart and at the last minute change the date to another day.