Texas poised to take over Houston ISD

Texas state officials are weighing a takeover of the Houston Independent School District, with a letter from Texas Education Commissioner to HISD leadership citing an “inability to address long-standing academic deficiencies” and the elected school board’s “breakdown in governance.”

The announcement follows on the heels of a Texas Education Agency final report finding the board had violated state open meetings law “to conduct important district business in secret,” that members of the board acted individually without consulting others and “exceeding the scope of their authority,” and that the board had violated contract procurement rules and attempted to “tamper with contracts.”

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