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HISD School Construction and Renovation Project Faces $200 Million Shortfall

In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit. We examine this budget battle over school construction. We talk with HISD […]

In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit.

We examine this budget battle over school construction. We talk with HISD Chief of Staff Jason Spencer, Houston Federation of Teachers President Zeph Capo, and Houston Chronicle education reporter Ericka Mellon.

MORE:
School Building Projects in Limbo with Uncertain Market (Houston Chronicle, Jan. 30, 2015)
HISD Planning Bond Package Up to $1.8 Billion (Houston Chronicle, June 18, 2012)

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Michael Hagerty

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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