HISD Trustees To Meet With State Officials, Vow To Avoid School Closures

Style Magazine Newswire | 8/11/2017, 7:39 a.m.
State officials are heading to HISD headquarters Thursday to discuss plans to improve the district’s chronically failing schools – or ...
Houston ISD Trustees Wanda Adams (Board President) and Rhonda Skillern-Jones

Source: HoustonPublicMedia.org

State officials are heading to HISD headquarters Thursday to discuss plans to improve the district’s chronically failing schools – or face a state take-over of the board. As News 88.7 first reported this week, the Houston Independent School District is at risk of a state take-over as soon as next year. Two HISD trustees responded to the news at a press conference Wednesday, saying that they’re confident that won’t happen and vowed to avoid state-mandated school closures. HISD meet with state officials behind closed doors because they will discuss personnel issues. Under the state law known as House Bill 1842, the Texas Education Commissioner can either shutter struggling schools, or bring in outside managers, if a district has even one campus that has failed state standards for five or more years.