Two Texas public school district superintendents wrote their doctoral thesis based on the same public-school district, Little Jolly Politics has learned.
Fort Bend Independent School District served as the foundation of former Katy Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt’s May 2012 doctoral thesis and for current Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre’s May 2014 doctoral thesis.
Little Jolly Politics was provided the document identified as the Dr. Dupre dissertation acquired by a source from the publishing company.
Both the Hindt and Dupre dissertations show a minimum of three additional similarities:
Here’s where LJP found four similar elements in both dissertations.
Fort Bend ISD as the foundation of the thesis:
Appendix C of Dr. Hindt’s thesis reveals Fort Bend ISD provided formal written approval to conduct his research on three Fort Bend ISD middle schools
whereas the Dupre dissertation contains a more nebulous description of the District serving as the subject of the dissertation. However a search of the Fort Bend ISD website and a Google search reveals Fort Bend ISD serving as the foundation of the thesis.
“Study Middle School (SMS) is among the oldest schools in the study district. The building was constructed in 1965, and is the primary feeder middle school to the school district’s original high school. In fact, the middle school, high school, and one of the district’s oldest elementary schools are all named for the same individual and are situated on adjoining sites…”
2007 as a similar element
Hindt: “In January of 2007, as part of the rezoning efforts of a large suburban school district in southeast Texas,”
Dupre: “In the study school district, a large public school district in southeast Texas characterized as an urban school district, disproportionate disciplinary referral rates well documented on the national level have been evident since at least 2007.”
An emphasis on Fort Bend ISD middle schools
The Dupre dissertation describes the Study Middle School in the following manner, however a search of the Fort Bend ISD website reveals the study middle school is Dulles Middle School.
“the middle school, high school, and one of the district’s oldest elementary schools are all named for the same individual and are situated on adjoining sites”
By reading the Fort Bend ISD Research Writer Approval Message on page 220 its obvious Dr. Hindt’s research was focused on Missouri City, McAuliffe, and Quail Valley Middle Schools.
Minority students as a common element
Dupre: “Since 2011, the district has documented four data requests from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) related to complaints filed by parents of African American students in the district.”
Hindt: “…the district’s Board of Trustees charged district leadership with developing a plan for academic enhancements at three eastside middle schools who had primarily minority student populations from low socio-economic backgrounds.”
Decide for yourself if both dissertations contain additional similarities.