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.  

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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. 


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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New HISD leadership unveiled (June 1, 2023)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: The Texas Education Agency has unveiled the new Houston ISD Superintendent and the nine members of the TEA appointed Board of Managers who will oversee the state’s largest public school district.

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Addressing affordable housing at the legislature (March 21, 2023)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: We learn how state lawmakers plan to address the issue of affordable housing during this legislative session. And we talk with a Houston storm chaser.