No State Takeover of Our Schools: Support Our Students Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Houston needs to stand together to maintain local control of our schools and fight for our students' education.

Hurricane Harvey devastated our community, leaving many HISD students homeless or displaced from their neighborhood for weeks or months. Many families lost everything.  Less then a year after the Hurricane, the State of Texas continues to threaten our community with talks of closing schools and state takeover of the entire school district if our students don't perform well enough on standardized tests.

Please take a minute to sign this letter to Mike Morath, Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, which calls for a one year reprieve from accountability standards arising from state test results. Our students, teachers and community in every corner of the district are working hard rebuild after Hurricane Harvey and we need the state's support.

Further Background

We are deeply concerned about the possible sanctions against 10 underperforming Houston ISD schools. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed a new state law, House Bill 1842, which says if a school is underperforming for five or more consecutive years, the Commissioner of Education must close the school, or appoint a board of managers to oversee the entire school district. The new law says that one school decides the fate of the entire school district.