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HISD Faces $107 Million Budget Shortfall

Posted on · Houston Independent School District anticipates a $107 million budget shortfall next year. The district contends it’s due to Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code, which requires “property wealthy” school districts to return significant funding back to the state to help less well-off districts. HISD and hundreds of other districts have sued the state over […]

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Next Year’s Super Bowl and HISD Budget Woes: Friday’s Show (February 5, 2016)

Posted on · Sunday’s Super Bowl reminds us that Houston’s turn to host the annual NFL championship game — and all the hype and spectacle that comes with it — is just a year away. A delegation of Houston officials are attending Sunday’s game to observe the event in preparation for next year. Among them: Kevin Hoffman, Executive Director of the […]

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Why Aren’t There Seat Belts in All School Buses?

Posted on · Nearly three months after a fatal school bus wreck, HISD is now recommending a new policy to install three-point seat belts in any new school buses the district acquires. That decision came on the heels of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changing its stance on seat belt use, recommending that all school buses be […]

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HISD School Construction and Renovation Project Faces $200 Million Shortfall

Posted on · In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit. We examine this budget battle over school construction. We talk with HISD […]

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School Construction and LibroFEST: Thursday’s Show (October 1, 2015)

Posted on · In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine this budget battle over […]

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HISD Enrollment Caps and Historic Preservation: Monday’s Show (August 17, 2015)

Posted on · The first day of school for Houston Independent School District students is just a week away. Yet, some parents with elementary-age children in the district are confronting some uncertainty as to where their child will be going for the rest of the school year. That’s because HISD is cracking down on class sizes in K-4 […]

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From Reduced Testing to Teacher Bonuses: What Changes Are in Store for HISD?

Posted on · In the past few weeks, the Houston Independent School District’s administration has announced some planned changes, including scaling back student testing next year. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier also initially proposed to end the district’s controversial performance bonus system, but he went back on that proposal earlier this week. Next week, the HISD board will review and vote […]

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HISD Proposals and William Fitzsimmons: Friday’s Show (June 12, 2015)

Posted on · In the past few weeks, the Houston Independent School District’s administration has announced some planned changes, including scaling back student testing next year. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier also initially proposed to end the district’s controversial performance bonus system, but he went back on that proposal earlier this week. Next week, the HISD board will review and vote […]