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North Forest ISD Loses Last Legal Effort To Stop Merger With HISD

Monday is the deadline for North Forest Independent School District to merge with HISD. North Forest has been fighting the state-ordered shut down on multiple legal fronts. But it has lost its last legal effort to stop the merger.

The clock has run out for North Forest ISD.

Earlier this week, a federal judge rejected the district’s request to put the merger on pause.

Now the Texas Supreme Court has made a similar decision.

Chris Tritico is the lead attorney for North Forest trustees.

 “Today at about 4 o’clock the Texas Supreme Court denied our request to intervene and block the merger.”

That means HISD will take over North Forest on Monday.

“The district is out of legal options to block the merger. And it will occur on Monday. There exists two lawsuits that we’ll have to deal with next week on how we’re going to … But there isn’t any way for us to block the merger at this point.”

One of those pending lawsuits is in state court against the Texas Education Commissioner himself.

The other is in federal court. It alleges the merger will cause voting changes that discriminate against voters in the predominantly black school district.

But if those lawsuits continue, it will be after HISD takes over North Forest’s buildings, records and the responsibility of teaching its students.

Steps to finalize the merger are already being taken.

Earlier this week, the Texas Education Agency asked North Forest to clear out the district headquarters, ahead of the July first deadline.

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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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