Texas Education Agency to Takeover Houston ISD
‘This takeover is not about the children of Houston, it is about furthering the agenda of Governor Abbott.’ Says HCDP Executive Director
On March 15, 2023, Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath announced the state takeover of Houston Independent School District (HISD). In a letter delivered to the HISD Board of Trustees, Commissioner Morath laid out the intent and timeline for the takeover.
After a years-long legal battle, the state is moving to takeover HISD despite progress being made in schools. Beginning in June, TEA will replace the current superintendent and will appoint a board of managers in place of the current school board.
“This is a blatant attack on the democratic process we have in Texas public education.” said Harris County Democratic Party Executive Director, Kylie McNaught.
“Instead of listening to the experts who have been warning of the consequences of this takeover for years, TEA is steamrolling the will of HISD parents, teachers, and administrators. This takeover is not about the children of Houston, it is about furthering the agenda of Governor Abbott.
“The Texas GOP has shown for years that they care more about diminishing local control and undermining the value of public education. This is exactly what the TEA takeover is about.”
For Immediate Release
March 15, 2023
Contact: Ashton Bokros