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HISD

From ‘I feel like I’m in prison’ to ‘I’m actually learning,’ Houston ISD students have mixed feelings about Mike Miles’ reform program

Posted on · Students in Houston ISD are almost halfway through the first school year under state-appointed leadership. On some campuses, a sweeping reform program has completely transformed the typical school day. It’s not working for all students. 

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HISD

TEA-appointed Houston ISD board wants to lengthen the school year through controversial process rejected in 2021

Posted on · Houston ISD’s state-appointed Board of Managers approved Superintendent Mike Miles’ request to seek a longer school year — a proposal that had previously been rejected. District leadership also tweaked how educators are evaluated in response to a union lawsuit, and a group of protesters interrupted the meeting every four minutes. 

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HISD

Mike Miles gains power as Houston ISD Board of Managers approves major policy changes, union files grievances and community members protest

Posted on · State-appointed superintendent Mike Miles gained more power Thursday night, but he didn’t get everything he asked for. Also this week, the Houston ISD teachers’ union filed grievances seeking to pause the reforms in about 60 of the 85 targeted schools, and community members organized a “read in” protest at the board meeting. 

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HISD

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.

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HISD

Houston ISD requires remaining human resources staffers work overtime and weekends, without pay, one week after layoffs

Posted on · After the district eliminated 82 positions from its Human Resources department, the remaining workers have been told to work overtime and to be available on weekends. State-appointed Superintendent Mike Miles is pushing to close teacher vacancies with the start of classes one month away. 

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HISD

Houston ISD reassigns principals at Sharpstown, Worthing and Yates high schools

Posted on · Two of the reassigned principals had recently asked for their campuses to be included in the New Education System devised by new HISD superintendent Mike Miles, who was appointed June 1 by state education officials.

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HISD

Teacher who wanted to speak at Houston ISD board meeting arrested, charged with criminal trespassing

Posted on · The arrest of Jeremy Eugene, a 30-year-old teacher from the Houston area, occurred as community members expressed opposition to limited seating in HISD's main boardroom.

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Education

29 Houston schools will look different next school year — cameras in classrooms, no librarians, higher pay for teachers

Posted on · Many reform-minded community members believe the New Education System is a step towards better student outcomes. Critics argue the changes will impose a uniform education model on low-income communities across Houston who had no say in its formation, while leaving affluent communities untouched. 

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