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State to take over Houston ISD by
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Posted By: StormCnter, 11/7/2019 7:12:57 AM

In a move that is unprecedented in scope, Texas state officials announced Wednesday they plan on taking over the state’s largest school district, yanking power from Houston Independent School District’s elected school board members to “prevent imminent and substantial harm to the welfare of the district’s students.” Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath sent a letter to Houston ISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan and Board President Diana Davila giving two principal reasons for the decision: the school board’s “failure of governance” and the repeated low academic performance of Wheatley High School, which received its seventh failing rating this year. In addition to appointing a board of governance

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Nimby 11/7/2019 7:22:10 AM (No. 228986)
How about starting by investigating why the tax payers are being sucked dry by increasing HISD taxes upto 9.99% every year, without any results?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Northcross 11/7/2019 7:22:29 AM (No. 228987)
The low academic performance at Wheatley would require the state to take over the parenting of a vast majority of the student body.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: PChristopher 11/7/2019 7:29:23 AM (No. 228996)
I'm sure there are race related issues that no one wants to talk about but which will make the situation more than a bit difficult to correct.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Periwinkel 11/7/2019 7:34:34 AM (No. 229001)
This is one of the things Matt Bevin (R) of Kentucky tried to do. The teachers and their unions just sank him. He appointed a really wonderful state superintendent who was doing great things. All gone now...
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 11/7/2019 7:43:17 AM (No. 229009)
Wow. Maybe take this to the federal level now and have President Trump take over the Department of Education for failure to do ITS job.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ROLFNader 11/7/2019 7:48:24 AM (No. 229015)
I would like President Trump to abolish the Department of Education. If these people are so smart , they'll certainly be able to find work somewhere .
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Paperpuncher 11/7/2019 8:03:30 AM (No. 229027)
Ditto #6. The DOE is a total waste of money and has done more harm than good. Since it's inception in the early 70s the quality of public education in this country has only gone down.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: spacer 11/7/2019 8:16:48 AM (No. 229039)
What #6 posted.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Newtsche 11/7/2019 8:21:02 AM (No. 229043)
Elephant, meet room.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Lawsy0 11/7/2019 8:34:27 AM (No. 229062)
You can thank President Carter for the money pit a/k/a The Department of Education. When he carved it out of Health, Education and Welfare, he showed his lack of knowledge. All that did was make uneducated nobodies park a car behind any college of education and wait for their PhD to drop off the dock.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: HPmatt 11/7/2019 8:50:18 AM (No. 229075)
Wheatley’s been failing since the 70s. Democrat LBJ’s Great Society tore apart the black families and drugs administered the fatal blow. Busing started the destruction of HISD and flight to suburban district. Board members seeing the oppty to ‘Biden’ BILLIONS of annual spending was the golden path. Sheila Jackson Lee started her political career on the HISD board...
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Strike3 11/7/2019 9:04:05 AM (No. 229090)
I hope this one catches on throughout the country. Voters give school boards extreme levels of power and most of them behave in the same manner by raising taxes and throwing money at new buildings, sports facilities and teachers' unions while claiming to want to improve the quality of education. The items for which they spend, spend, spend, have nothing to do with the quality of education and the results plainly show it.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: mseegal 11/7/2019 9:39:28 AM (No. 229145)
Twenty years ago HISD taught in over 100 languages, including 32 Chinese dialects. I knew then we were in trouble! Does the Tower of Babel come to mind?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DaBigGuy 11/7/2019 10:06:45 AM (No. 229173)
Maybe HISD should have prioritized education instead of extremist appeasement via senseless high school name changes, such as these from 2016. * Robert E. Lee High School to Margaret Long Wisdom High School * Albert Sidney Johnston Middle School to Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School * Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Middle School to Yolanda Black Navarro Middle School of Excellence * John Reagan High School to Heights High School * Richard Dowling Middle School to Audrey H. Lawson Middle School * Sidney Lanier Middle School to Bob Lanier Middle School * Jefferson Davis High School to Northside High School
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Reply 15 - Posted by: LadyVet 11/7/2019 10:51:33 AM (No. 229226)
This should have happened years ago. There has been time for a kid to start school and be awarded a diploma while people lollygagged about, stealing the value of that diploma. Enough! Quit cheating these kids of their education. Put people in charge who can provide discipline and quality education.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Mike43 11/7/2019 11:50:07 AM (No. 229294)
The biggest impediment to children's education is attitude. That attitude is fostered by the parents. In some cases, it's understandable, especially for the newly arrived immigrants. They don't understand why that strapping 14-15 year old is in school, and not working. But for the rest, it still is attitude. I'm starting to be against compulsory attendance. Make high school optional.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hermoine 11/7/2019 12:03:21 PM (No. 229311)
Reply #4 is correct. BTW, the national news media wants you to think Bevin lost b/c Trump is not popular in Kentucky. Bevin lost because he TICKED OFF all the teachers in Kentucky. It's the same reason that Roy Barnes (who I deeply disliked), became the first Democrat to lose a gubernatorial election since Reconstruction in Georgia. King Roy ticked off the teachers -- not just the unions -- but the teachers. In education, you have to be really CLEAR about who you are going after -- is it people in leadership - teacher union leaders or the rank and file - if you appear to go after the rank and file, you are TOAST.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 11/7/2019 1:08:13 PM (No. 229352)
The word “education” is a misnomer. We ALL know by now what it is: “Progressive radical left indoctrination” Let’s take back our schools!!!
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