HISD sunrise center

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Homeless Office cuts, Wraparound Services shift and Sunrise skepticism — what is Houston ISD doing for unhoused families?

Posted on · In Houston ISD, a program intended to meet the basic needs of students is shifting focus from food access to truancy and dropout prevention. The changes come on the heels of a major reduction in the size of HISD’s Homeless Services Office, from 40 workers to 12. Even with a $12 million investment in the new Sunrise Center initiative, some community members worry that HISD is on the wrong path. 

HISD Superintendent Mike Miles

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26 more Houston ISD schools will face ‘New Education System’ reforms next year as Wraparound Services shift focus

Posted on · The state-appointed administration of Houston public schools is expanding the sweeping “New Education System” reform initiative — just as support programs for families decline or shift focus. What does it all mean for HISD students, teachers and families?

More than 600 children attend pre-kindergarten through first grade at Neff Early Learning Center. It is a rare school in Texas because the entire campus follows an inclusive learning model.

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Almost twice as many teachers resigned from Houston ISD so far this year compared to the last two school years

Posted on · As expected, more Houston ISD teachers are resigning than normal in the wake of the state takeover and sweeping reforms. Educators blame a culture of “fear and intimidation,” while state-appointed superintendent Mike Miles has emphasized “making a choice” to be in a “high-performance culture.”

Stephan Hester speaks during Houston ISD's first Board of Managers meeting on June 8, 2023.

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Houston ISD management board declines religious chaplains as school counselors, softens vape punishments

Posted on · The TEA-appointed management board of HISD softened punishments for vaping and declined religious counselors in schools on Thursday. During public comment, some community members focused on the administration’s response to winter weather this week. 

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