Teacher turnover is a controversial part of Houston ISD reforms. It’s a feature, not a side effect

Posted on · Parents and teachers continue to speak out against reforms and turnover in Houston’s public school system. The protests intensified this week as the state-appointed leaders of Houston ISD removed more teachers from their schools. The debate over these types of reforms is not new — even in Houston.  


TEA-appointed Houston ISD board allows teachers to be terminated if schools close, seeks exemption from state laws

Posted on · The state-appointed leaders of Houston’s public school system say they can’t comply with a new law requiring police officers at every campus, and they’re seeking exemptions for that and other state laws. During the Thursday board meeting, they also geared up for expected school closures in the coming years by approving a policy that allows staffers from those schools to be terminated. 

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Houston ISD slashes autism services team, cutting “lifeline” for special ed teachers days before start of class

Posted on · State-appointed superintendent Mike Miles is overhauling the long-troubled, underfunded special education department in Houston’s public school system. Recent staffing cuts have raised concerns about whether teachers will be ready for the start of classes — especially those who serve autistic students requiring specialized instruction. 


‘A fever dream’: Mike Miles stars in musical about himself as disorganization plagues Houston ISD teacher training

Posted on · The week-long training for teachers across Houston ISD got off to a rocky start, with crowded rooms prompting a fire marshal visit. On Wednesday, TEA-appointed superintendent Mike Miles starred in a musical about himself. 

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Mike Miles seeks expanded authority, state waiver for Houston ISD to hire uncertified educators

Posted on · Mike Miles, appointed by the Texas Education Agency in June, wants the agency to grant a waiver allowing the district to hire uncertified teachers. The Houston ISD board of managers, also appointed by the agency, will consider that request as well as a push to give Miles expanded power Thursday night.


Exclusive: All Houston ISD teachers to be paid based on test scores by 2025-26 school year, schools will continue to lose autonomy

Posted on · Houston Public Media obtained a document outlining state-appointed superintendent Mike Miles’ expansive plans for the largest public school system in Texas, including details that have not yet been made public. Over the next two years, Houston ISD will implement performance-based pay for all teachers and an “earned autonomy” model for campuses across the district.

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