SBOE Ethics Woes Draw Legal Attention

In an editorial today, the Austin American-Statesman reports that Travis County Attorney David Escamilla’s office is taking a preliminary look into a report that two Texas State Board of Education members failed to disclose gifts from a firm bidding on work for the board.

The Dallas Morning News last weekend reported that Rick Agosto, D-San Antonio, and Rene Nuñez, D-El Paso, accepted 53 gifts worth more than $5,000 over a three-year period from AEW Capital Management of Boston. AEW reported the gifts in documents it submitted in its bid for a contract managing real estate investments for the board. The two board members, however, had not reported the gifts on financial disclosure forms.

TFN Insider will keep an eye on developments.