No matter the funding model HISD uses, it is important to end years of under-resourcing schools in poor neighborhoods and end waste at the school and central office and in unnecessary contracted services. The priority must be at the school level- reducing class size (more teachers) and increasing support services (librarians, nurses, social workers, etc.) for students in need so they can thrive.
And let’s remember to also direct our fury at the Governor for pushing STAAR-based accountability even now during COVID and for continuing to underfund our schools, leaving districts to fight over scraps.
Please watch today's board workshop today at 2 pm at HoustonISD.org/livetv or the recording here. There are too few voices dominating the budget discussion. Not included are the vast majority of parents and stakeholders who either are not clear on what is going on, do not have the time or skills to understand the system and the process, or do not speak the language.
The superintendent's message sent yesterday is below.
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