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HISD Considering Two New Potential Partners For Struggling Schools

Trustees have to send their partnership plans to the Texas Education Agency by April 30 for final approval.

Typically, the Texas Education Agency requires students in the fifth and eighth grades to pass the state standardized test, known as the STAAR, in order to move on to the next grade.

The Houston Independent School District has been looking for partners to take over struggling schools, in an effort to avoid closing them or a district-wide state takeover.

Last week at a public HISD board meeting, administrators didn’t reveal any potential candidates.

This week at a meeting with the River Oaks Association for Democratic Women, an HISD trustee mentioned some names.

News 88.7 confirmed with Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones that at least two groups have submitted proposals for partnerships to HISD. Jones confirmed that one is an Energized charter school and another one is Generation Schools.

If approved, they could take over some or all of HISD’s 10 most struggling campuses. If they don’t all improve and meet state standards this year, they could trigger sanctions under the law known as HB 1842.

Previously, the city of Houston was seen as a potential partner, but Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters at City Hall Wednesday that the city will not apply to be an official partner. He added that the city still wants to support these schools.

Trustees have to send their partnership plans to the Texas Education Agency by April 30 for final approval.

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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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