Members of the Houston ISD community upset about proposed changes in funding for magnet programs throughout the district will have one more week to marshal their persuasive skills and move trustees away from the changes proposed by Superintendent Terry Grier.
Photo by Margaret Downing Members of Terry Grier's administration explaining their new and better teacher evaluation plan to HISD trustees Monday
Board President Juliet Stipeche on Monday morning pulled the item from the agenda for Thursday night's board meeting. It will still be up for discussion - and it's anticipated there will be a lot of it from the public Thursday - but it won't be voted on until June 19.
Trustee Paula Harris hosted a community meeting on the issue for her district at the Hattie Mae White administration building right before the board met for agenda review in preparation for the meeting.
Under the proposed redistribution of wealth, schools like T.H. Rogers would lose thousands of dollars while other magnet schools, previously not so well funded, would gain thousands. Opponents to the change argue that their programs have accomplished a lot in terms of student achievement and recognition for the school district and want to know why what they consider a very successful formula is being jettisoned.