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HISD Seeks Input Of Parents And Students On District’s Magnet Programs

The new HISD survey on magnet schools is online

teacher Imene Mechkene leads class
Veteran HISD teacher Imene Mechkene leads the Arabic class for kindergarteners. People who live in HISD but don’t have any children enrolled in a district school can fill it out.

The Houston Independent School District has backed off most of its plans to overhaul its system of specialty schools. But now HISD wants to hear from parents and students about school choice. 

The new HISD survey on magnet schools is online. It’s open to parents and students who attend a magnet program, and those who don’t. Also people who live in HISD but don’t have any children enrolled in a district school can fill it out. The survey will be open until March 30th.

Earlier this year, HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza announced major changes to the system, including cutting funding and opening up more options in poor neighborhoods. But most of those have been tabled until the 2019-2020 school year.

“We remain committed to magnet programs and school choice,” said Carranza. “We want to be sure that our programs are in line with the district’s vision that every child, no matter where they live, has equitable opportunities and access to an effective, personalized education.”

The survey can be found at HoustonISD.org/MagnetSurvey.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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