New Group Calls for Takeover of HISD
A new group called Houston for Tomorrow is out with sponsored Facebook ads calling for a takeover of the Houston Independent School District by the Texas Education Agency.
“As taxpayers, we want the schools we pay for to be safe and for our children and grandchildren to be able to learn. We have many good schools, and many great teachers, but the Houston ISD board of trustees is a disgrace,” the ad says. “All they do is fight and blame each other and they have proven that they can’t fix our schools…Call TEA, ask them to remove the HISD board so we could put our children first.”
The group has two initial videos uploaded this week, one in English and the other in Spanish. Their site says they are “organizing community voices in support of a leadership change” in the district.
A recent report by the TEA detailed gross mismanagement by the Board of Trustees, violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, and instances of trustees lying to TEA investigators over the course of the 6-month investigation. The recommendation that came from the report was for a state-appointed board of managers to replace the sitting board.