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Calls Mount For More Oversight Of HISD’s School Construction Bond

The latest is from the Houston Federation of Teachers, which wants special investigators to examine the program.

Teacher union president Zeph Capo has called for outside attorneys to investigate potential fraud on the school bond program, adding to community concern.

The Houston school district is spending almost $2 billion on construction projects.

“There’s a level of distrust in the community, by the school employees, by the parents. They want to see outside intervention so that nothing is swept under the rug,” Capo said.

One school board member, Juliet Stipeche, has called for internal and external audits of the construction program.

The three-year-old bond package is facing a shortfall of more than $200 million.

Both Yates and Davis high school leaders worry they won’t get new campuses that they were promised.

And district auditors found certain job orders didn’t follow state rules and the district overpaid some contractors.

“And who is responsible for the over-payment of monies to those contractors?” asked Capo, who was joined by Stipeche and leaders of the local LULAC chapter at a press conference Monday.

“We cannot allow that to continue considering that we’re being told that there is not enough money to rebuild the schools,” he added.

HISD’s bond program is the largest in state history, and it’s designed to rebuild and renovate 40 school campuses.

 

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Laura Isensee

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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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