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From Reduced Testing to Teacher Bonuses: What Changes Are in Store for HISD?

In the past few weeks, the Houston Independent School District’s administration has announced some planned changes, including scaling back student testing next year. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier also initially proposed to end the district’s controversial performance bonus system, but he went back on that proposal earlier this week. Next week, the HISD board will review […]

In the past few weeks, the Houston Independent School District's administration has announced some planned changes, including scaling back student testing next year. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier also initially proposed to end the district's controversial performance bonus system, but he went back on that proposal earlier this week. Next week, the HISD board will review and vote on Superintendent Grier's nearly $2 billion budget proposal for the upcoming school year.

We discuss the budget, testing and other developments for the largest public school system in Texas with Houston Chronicle Education reporter Ericka Mellon. Then, Maggie Martin talks with Zeph Capo, President of the Houston Federation of Teachers, and Ruth Kravetz, co-founder of Community Voices for Public Education.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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