State Takeover of HISD

If the state takes over HISd, what happens if the state fails to improve the district, what then?


Give everyone vouchers!

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Their exact plan, to break the system and outsource education to their charter school crook donor friends.


I just saw that.

I went to HISD elementary and Jr High.

Glad I went to a far better private high school.

The rest of my academic career could have been much worse had I stayed in that HISD educational hell hole.

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There are some nice high schools you can magnet to.

  • Carnegie Vanguard High School: #5 in Texas

  • DeBakey High School for Health Professions: #7 in Texas

  • Eastwood Academy: #22 in Texas

  • Challenge Early College High School: #24 in Texas

  • Young Women’s College Prep Academy: #26 in Texas

  • The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts: #30 in Texas

  • East Early College High School: #54 in Texas

  • North Houston Early College High School: #65 in Texas

  • Sharpstown International School: #67 in Texas

  • Houston Academy for International Studies: #77 in Texas

  • Mickey Leland College Prep Academy for Young Men: #100 in Texas

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Again, you must be racist! (sarcasm)

List of worst Texas schools grows

this article is old, 2015; but what i found searching for worst texas school districts, i would bet its still probably pretty accurate if the state is now looking to take over hisd.

then, hisd, had about 10% of the worst schools, for the entire state; hisd had enough schools that are so bad; they made up 10% of the worst.

vouchers, privatize, redistrict; whatever; a school district should be working to improve student education, not resting on the bottom.

i went to spring branch years ago and spent a day with a friend who went to lee high school, that one day convinced me that high school was a joke, the crap that went on and lack of teaching wouldnt have gone on one day in stratford sr high

I have friends that send their kids to HISD high schools, and it’s common knowledge that you try to get into a program that “separates” you from what they term general population. It’s like two schools inside. The students that take it seriously and the people that are just waiting to get out. So there’s still a way to navigate. This is for Lamar and Bellaire High. I don’t know about the other schools but I’d guess it’s the same.


Yeah, HISD met all my needs in math, science, and foreign language. A few of the math and science faculty had advanced degrees. A lot is left up as to what curriculum path you, the individual, choose.

Interesting that this is be considered because of one high school that currently has problems.

This seems weird since the one high school has since received a passing grade ?

It all started at Wheatley High School, which triggered a possible takeoverby earning a failing accountability grade several years in a row. Wheatley has since improved to a passing score.

National Center for Education Statistics. .

In the category of writing, students of private schools from the 8th and 12th grades beat those in public schools by a 2 to 1 margin at proficient and advanced levels and in math students in the 8th grade private schools scored as advanced in a 2 to 1 ratio over students from public schools and nearly two to one in favor of private schools with proficient scores.

James Tooley, who is a professor of education policy has spent over a decade traveling to such poor towns in China, India and Africa and found that the children in those private schools with dirt floors in many cases, outperform students from the same town in public schools. Tooley found that even those nothing private schools by American school comparison do exactly what private schools do here in the states and that is, “these schools outperform government schools at a fraction of the teacher cost”.

So what is it about a private school that makes it more successful?

Source your data. Not cut and paste. It would always “help” your argument. We have no idea where you get your info, because you obviously never wrote a term paper.

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Just follow up on the Wheatley situation that
triggered it all. With recent progress it would seem TEA would be wise to take a hands off
approach. Really sounds like the reported takeover is being driven by politics and not recent facts.

Published: 9:34 AM CDT August 15, 2022

Updated: 7:30 AM CDT August 16, 2022

HOUSTON — The Houston Independent School Districtsaw a massive improvement in its school accountability ratings released Monday by the Texas Education Agency.

Major progress also at Henry Middle School. After four years of failing performance and a D in 2019, it earned a C this year.
But the most eye-catching grade delivered to Wheatley High School in Houston’s Fifth Ward. It’s a campus that’s been at the center of HISD’s challenges and prompted the real possibility of a state takeover years ago. After 8 years of failing, low performance, Wheatley earned a passing grade of C.
“This is not only huge for Wheatley, but for the Wheatley community and the neighborhood around it,” said House.

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The students it has. This is largely a socioeconomic thing (which I’m sure is why you asked the question).

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Don’t forget that the private and charters get to recruit and cherry pick who they let in. Really helps keep those averages high


This feels like performative lib-owning. Texas Republicans have their pet projects that let them dunk on the “democrat-run cities,” and this is one of the ones for Houston. I’m very skeptical that anything will actually come from this grandstanding, and wouldn’t be shocked if it made things worse.

I frankly hate the idea of the state taking over school districts in general. I don’t think they should have that authority. School boards are elected representatives; I’m not sure where the state derives the authority to just throw them all out, even if they’re performing poorly. School boards should be most accountable to local voters, not the state government.


When you think about it, the ironic thing this is the polar opposite from what the Republicans “say” they believe in.

Let Big Government (state, in this case) get out of the way and let the smallest denominator (school district, in this case) decide what is best for THEIR people.

This is why the Republicans get so upset when Big Government at the national level tries to make decisions for them.

Im never expecting Texas to turn blue …but some purple common sense would be a welcome sight for a state that “thinks” they are the shinning light for red ideals.