Charters: Common Sense Policies to Level the Playing Field

Here is a sample email to members of the House and Senate Public Education committees and a call script with phone numbers to support increased charter transparency and equity.  Charter schools are hollowing out the public education system we need to serve everyone—and schools should not be profit centers.  We need to level the playing field when charters “compete” with public schools.       Read more

Make calls to Texas House and Senate Public Ed Committees

Texas has the 10th largest economy in the world but our state legislature only spends 140 days in session every two years. So there is no time to waste to help them get things right!  Read more

To Partner or Not to Partner

HB 1842 is a draconian and racist example of how STAAR is being used to harm our students rather than help them, to close schools rather than work to end the effects of poverty that negatively impact student success. Read more

Tell Morath to Stop School Closures so we can recover from Harvey

Hurricane Harvey was the most damaging rainstorm in US History and the Commissioner wants to harm children in poor communities even more by closing schools this year! A growing number of Houstonians, including many elected state officials,and the mayor, are joining HISD in calling on the Texas Education Agency Commissioner for a post-Harvey pause on accountability and stay of sanctions for HISD.  Will you customize this letter, mail to the Commissioner, and share with your friends? The Commissioner needs to hear from all of Houston about how our children, particularly children of color and those in high poverty neighborhoods, have been affected by the storm and the need for stability and support - not school closures - at this time. Read more

How will a centralized budget improve equity? Ask the HISD Board for a substantive public workshop

On Monday, the HISD Board will be voting whether or not to have a public workshop comparing centralized and decentralized models. Ask the HISD Board to vote yes to a public workshop on Monday Read more

HISD Superintendent's Open Letter to POTUS

HISD Superintendent Richard Caranza reminds new president that a well-funded public educational system is crucial for our democracy to flourish. Read more

Opt Out Academy Recap

Earlier this month, hundreds of parents in the Greater Houston area opted their children out of the STAAR test to protest the high stakes testing culture in our schools. Read more

New Supe in Town: Cautiously Optimistic

The wait is over. Houston ISD has just named a single candidate for School Superintendent: the current superintendent of the San Francisco United School District, Richard Carranza Read more

Teacher Evaluation Contract Up for a Vote THIS Thursday

Can you speak or write a short email to end the use of test scores to evaluate teachers? This Thursday, HISD will vote on the $680,000 EVAAS contract that uses test scores to evaluate teachers. Last Thursday, they voted behind closed doors to cut funding to kids $179 per child (PUA) which, combined with the 2011 cuts is $550,000 in cuts for a mid sized high school.  Read more

Great Coverage by Fox 26 of Opt Out Academy

Watch the video here. 

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