Delmar Stadium is the place to be on Wednesday evening for those interested in the Texas Education Agency's plan to replace Houston ISD's Board of Trustees with state-appointed managers.
This will be the TEA's third out of four meetings with members of the HISD community, parents and faculty.
During its first two meetings, advocates protested against the TEA's takeover of the district, and criticized the process.
Earlier this week, HISD's board voted against appealing the TEA's decision to takeover, in the hopes of creating a smoother transition.
But many advocates aren't going down as quietly as the school board is. During its first meeting, things got contentious, after public school advocates brought a bullhorn, to interrupt Alejandro Delgado, the Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the TEA, when he tried to speak.
The second meeting TEA hosted last week at Chavez High School it was interrupted by activists with a bull horn, speaking against the decision.
The TEA changed the location of Wednesday's meeting, which was originally scheduled to be at the HISD headquarters.
This is the third meeting since the Agency announced they were taking over the district.
“The change was made to accommodate more attendees,” says Jacob Kobersky, spokesperson with the Texas Education Agency.
Kobersky did not say why they expect a larger crowd for this meeting. HISD did not provide any insight either, instead referring all questions relating to upcoming community meetings to the TEA.
"These are TEA meetings, so you should refer to them," the District said in an email.
Two gatherings have already taken place at Westbury High School and Chavez High School, last week. They’re advertised as a chance for the HISD community to learn more about the transition process, when state-appointed managers take over the district later this summer. The state is also providing information as to how members of the local community can apply to be on the board.
The agency will hold it’s fourth and final community meeting on Thursday at Kashmere High School in Northeast Houston.
This story was updated on March 29, 2023 at 10:42 a.m. to add HISD’s recent decision.
Ariel Worthy contributed to this report.