Houston ISD considering asking voters to OK billion-dollar bondVoters living in Houston ISD could be asked to approve a new school bond totaling at least $1.2 billion as early as November, according to a recently unveiled district financial plan. The bond would finance major construction projects, technology upgrades, fine arts purchases and other capital costs.
Houston ISD considering asking voters to okay billion dollar bondVoters living in Houston ISD could be asked to approve a new school bond totaling at least $1.2 billion as early as November, according to a recently unveiled district financial plan. The bond would finance major construction projects, technology upgrades, fine arts purchases and other capital costs.
Houston ISD administrators are proposing dramatic changes to 15 low-performing schools that, if approved, could temporarily prevent the state from taking over the district's Board of Trustees. Under the proposal, the district would employ one of two options at each of the 15 schools: partner with an outside organization that would take control of hiring and curriculum, or close and immediately reopen the campus with entirely new staff and programming in the 2018-19 academic year.
Two big questions here: Partnerships, rather than close-and-reopens, are the obvious choice to minimize short-term impact on kids/staff. But what organizations will be willing to take this on? And will an outside group really run schools better than the district?
Would have big impact on staff members at these 15 schools. At partnership schools, they'd have new bosses making hiring decisions. At close-and-reopen schools, they'd be forced out and likely moved within district to other positions. District says "no wholesale firing."
Here are the 15 Houston ISD schools that are being considered for major changes in light of state takeover threat. To avoid takeover/campus closures, 10 had to "meet standard" in next accountability ratings after falling short 4 straight years. https://t.co/5U9Q71akGO
Here are the two options under consideration for each of the 15 schools:
-- Partner with a nonprofit of higher ed institution, which would take control of staffing and academics.
-- Close the campus and immediately re-open it with entirely new staff and programming.
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