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Four Candidates Compete For Houston School Board Seat For District IV

The election will bring at least one new face to the Houston school board, since there’s an open race to represent District IV.


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This fall’s election will bring at least one new face to the Houston school board, since there's an open race to represent District Four and replace outgoing Trustee Paula Harris.

The district spans from Midtown and Third Ward down to South Houston. Voters have four candidates to choose from as their next trustee:

  • Davetta Daniels
  • Jolanda Jones
  • Ann McCoy
  • Larry McKinzieAll Posts

They all participated in a recent forum held by the advocacy group Children at Risk. Afterwards, when asked what their top priority would be for District IV, the candidates had different takes.

  • Daniels, who's a retired teacher, said that she would focus on making Yates High School more comprehensive. “If they put the right courses in there and hire the right staff, I tell you the students will return to that school. When I was there we had 3,000-plus students, and they will come back,” Daniels said.
  • Jones, who's an attorney and former Houston council member, said that she would expand social services and early education. “I would absolutely have universal pre-K for all schools, not certain ones, and for all students, not certain students,” Jones said.
  • McCoy had a practical approach. She's a research director for All Kids Alliance at the University of Houston. “I would want to be able to look at the data and find out where are schools where children living in poverty are doing well, and what is it that they're doing and how do we disseminate that more broadly,” McCoy said.
  • McKinzie, who teaches middle school science in HISD, said that he would prioritize academics. “Add better academic programs, the ones that have been taken out of District IV, replace them, bring back vocational programs and also make sure that the communication between the community and the HISD board is something where they work together hand in hand,” McKinzie said.

Also on the ballot are three other Houston school board races where incumbents are facing challengers.

Election Day is Nov. 3.


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