Are you going to wait seventeen years before you get your democracy back?

The state may take over HISD based on a state law that dictates that TEA can take over a district if just one school does not meet the flawed STAAR accountability standard. Results will be announced on August 15.  Read more

School Takeovers Fail: Is Houston Next?

The Texas Education Agency should heed evidence from around the country that state takeovers of schools harm students and communities. The public needs to know that the rules for assessing school performance, and rating them by letter grade, are capricious and biased, and are archetypal examples of grandfathering at their worst. Read more

Conservator, Pack your bags and go home

It is time for the Texas Education Agency and the conservator to pack their bags and leave Houston! Read more

Five Reasons to Oppose State Takeover

At this point, school takeover is one of those ed reform techniques that has been tested enough times that there's no longer any mystery about whether or not it works. Mostly it doesn't. Read more

When a stupid idea gets wings

Only in Texas would an idea so stupid as outcome-based funding get itself some wings. Now it is trying to fly to the finish line as part of the Senate school funding package, HB3. Read more

A state takeover would only make HISD worse

CVPE members Alpa Sridharan, Coretta Mallet-Fontenot and Carmen Dueñas wrote an op ed on May 3 opposing state takeover. Read it below Read more

Sign the resolution against state takeover of HISD

Will you join parents, teachers, students, community organizations and elected officials to take a stand for HISD by signing this resolution opposing state takeover of HISD [] and against the muzzling of the democratic process? Read more

Energized Contract is a Noxious, Corrupt Weed that should have been Pulled

"Every dollar that goes into Bullock’s pocket is taken from the classroom...In 2014, Bullock was awarded six years’ retroactive pay from ESTEM and a third charter school company, Inspired for Excellence Academy, Inc., effectively a bonus of $1.2 million...The loans to Bullock comprise 58% of EEA’s assets, an extremely high concentration of credit risk." Read more

Oppose State Takeover & Support Democracy

A takeover is an assault on democratic principles and the future of public education in Houston. Whether you support the interim superintendent or you do not and whatever your criticisms of the current school board, a state takeover has dire ramifications for our city and our kids. Read more

CVPE Flood the Phone Lines to House and Senate Public Ed Committees

Spend an hour calling state legislators with fellow supporters of Texas public education on Friday morning!  Let's stand up for more school funding, a fair wage for all, a STAAR moratorium, a time out for charter expansion and to support local control (no state takeover.) Here is a call script and phone numbers for priority bills. Together, we will send a message that the people of Texas expect major progress from this legislative session. Read more