Hundreds criticize HISD proposals to close schools, cut spending

Feb 9, 2018 by

A standing-room-only crowd peppered Houston ISD’s school board with complaints, pleas and calls for action Thursday night, their first opportunity to address trustees since administrators proposed major changes to the district’s budget and operations.

About 250 people, representing a wide range of interests, voiced strong opinions on proposals for 14 low-performing schools, preliminary suggestions for closing a $208 million financial shortfall and recommendations for overhauling the district’s magnet system. Dozens of speakers vacillated between calm and angry, encouraging and pointed, as the meeting stretched more than four hours.

Residents primarily focused on preliminary proposals for avoiding a possible takeover of the Houston ISD’s school board, a possibility enabled by a recently passed law and the district’s failure to improve 10 chronically failing schools.

District officials in recent weeks have proposed forming partnerships or closing and immediately reopening all 10 campuses, plus four other low-performing campuses. Administrators confirmed late Thursday that one of the four, Madison High School, is no longer under consideration for a partnership.

The changes would dramatically impact students and potentially limit the district’s control over those schools, but they would also stave off a potential state takeover.

 

Source: Hundreds criticize HISD proposals to close schools, cut spending – Houston Chronicle

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