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HISD Gets Funding for Katrina Evacuees

The Houston Independent School District is getting funding to hire tutors for evacuee students. As Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports — the grant will also provide jobs for adult evacuees. The $1.9 million grant will pay for 100 tutors to be spread among area schools. The city program, called Operation School Work, will start […]

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The Houston Independent School District is getting funding to hire tutors for evacuee students. As Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports — the grant will also provide jobs for adult evacuees.

The $1.9 million grant will pay for 100 tutors to be spread among area schools. The city program, called Operation School Work, will start in HISD and if needed expand to other districts in the area. Houston Mayor Bill White says the money comes from the $75 million National Emergency Grant awarded to Texas after Hurricane Katrina.

The tutors will be screened and hired through the Communities in Schools organization. Bill Hurt says they’re looking for 100 qualified individuals to place throughout the district for a period of six months.

The primary mission of the grant is to provide jobs for Katrina evacuees, but White says evacuee students also need extra help right now to get back to a normal routine in the schools. So the tutors will be sent to schools with the highest concentration of evacuee students.

Tutors will help the students adjust to the Texas school system and prepare for the state-mandated TAKS test. The WorkSource will screen all applicants for the positions. Laurie Johnson HPR News.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

News Director

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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