Posted on · The district will likely have the ability to start classes earlier in August. Administrators will also be able to hire uncertified teachers in high schools. Those policy changes are expected to proceed after the DAC signed off on a so-called “District of Innovation” plan Tuesday night.
Posted on · The state-appointed leaders of Houston’s public school system want Houston ISD to become a so-called “District of Innovation,” which allows exemptions from a long list of state laws. They argue the exemptions will increase flexibility; critics say the changes will hurt, not help.
Posted on · Governor Greg Abbott and other supporters of private school vouchers are struggling to make headway in the Texas House, where many lawmakers remain skeptical of a program that would give tax dollars to private and homeschool students.
Posted on · The state-appointed leaders of Houston’s public school system approved a new evaluation system for campus administrators on Thursday. Superintendent Mike Miles says it’s key to improve the quality of classroom instruction, but critics argue it depends too much on standardized tests.
Posted on · State lawmakers are back in Austin again, this time working on one of Abbott’s top priorities — a school voucher program, which would provide state subsidies to private school students. Advocates are furious that lawmakers haven’t addressed a long-awaited reform to the way Texas funds special education.
Posted on · Houston Public Media confirmed that multiple Houston ISD campuses are not providing speech therapy, just over a month after the district slashed 21 special ed contractors. According to a spokesperson, the district is working to fill vacancies on its speech team.
Posted on · Parents and teachers continue to speak out against reforms and turnover in Houston’s public school system. The protests intensified this week as the state-appointed leaders of Houston ISD removed more teachers from their schools. The debate over these types of reforms is not new — even in Houston.
Posted on · On Friday, an administrator told teachers at Cage Elementary and Project Chrysalis Middle schools to affirm their commitment to the new reform program by the end of the weekend or be reassigned. Monday morning, about thirty protestors gathered in front of the campus to speak out against the directive.
Posted on · The state-appointed leaders of Houston’s public school system say they can’t comply with a new law requiring police officers at every campus, and they’re seeking exemptions for that and other state laws. During the Thursday board meeting, they also geared up for expected school closures in the coming years by approving a policy that allows staffers from those schools to be terminated.
Posted on · Houston ISD’s state-appointed Board of Managers approved Superintendent Mike Miles’ request to seek a longer school year — a proposal that had previously been rejected. District leadership also tweaked how educators are evaluated in response to a union lawsuit, and a group of protesters interrupted the meeting every four minutes.
Posted on · For students in 85 Houston ISD schools, this first week of classes was different than previous years. That’s because a third of the district is undergoing reforms at the direction of state-appointed superintendent Mike Miles.
Posted on · Houston public school students start class on Monday, when the sweeping reforms enacted by state-appointed superintendent Mike Miles will be put to the test. Their teachers are already at work, learning the ins and outs of the so-called “New Education System” — and many of them are critical of the changes.
Posted on · State-appointed superintendent Mike Miles is overhauling the long-troubled, underfunded special education department in Houston’s public school system. Recent staffing cuts have raised concerns about whether teachers will be ready for the start of classes — especially those who serve autistic students requiring specialized instruction.
Posted on · Comfort Azagidi, a rising senior at Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, performed in a musical routine during a Houston ISD teacher event on Wednesday. They now say students were “tricked” into participating in the performance.
Posted on · The week-long training for teachers across Houston ISD got off to a rocky start, with crowded rooms prompting a fire marshal visit. On Wednesday, TEA-appointed superintendent Mike Miles starred in a musical about himself.