Houston is built one strong school at a time.

 
 
 
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Stand with students affected by Hurricane Harvey. Tell TEA Commissioner Morath our community needs time to recover. 

Less than a year after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, leaving many families homeless or displaced, the state is threatening to close our neighborhood public schools or take over the entire district if students don’t perform well enough on standardized tests. 

Before the storm, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) was working to implement school improvement measures to help lift student achievement. Our students and educators need time and resources to successfully implement those improvement measures. 

As families in our community struggle to rebuild after the storm, Houston’s students and their educators need support, resources and time—not sanctions and threats.

Stand with students affected by Hurricane Harvey and sign onto the call for Education Commissioner Mike Morath to give our students a one-year reprieve from accountability sanctions on standardized testing.

Write a letter to Commissioner Morath

 
 

Today’s students.
Tomorrow’s leaders.

Public education is a foundation that prepares our children for the future and for excellence in the workplace. That’s why it’s vital that strong schools have the best teachers and the most current tools for education.

Schools are part of neighborhoods – that is why it’s important to develop strong community relationships so that our classrooms provide children a platform for success. Community Schools provide a guide for how to bring more tutoring services, as well as, medical, legal, and housing professionals for students and families.

Our district must build upon principles of transparency and local control which ensure our citizens continue to have a voice in our children's education.

 

 
 
 
 
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Houston is uniting to build stronger public schools - and we need your help to make it happen.

 
 

Video: Public Schools Transform Communities

In Houston, union and school staff came together at Durkee Elementary to transform their school through a "Community Schools" initiative. Now parents are looking to buy houses in the neighborhood because of the changes they've seen. #PublicSchoolProud #PublicSchoolWeek

 
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EducationDive

Houston ISD aims to address students' nonacademic needs through community schools

The district’s move toward a wraparound services model — which includes social-emotional support, nutrition, housing assistance, and will expand to include on-site health services, as well — actually began before Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area in August. After the disaster, however, getting a “student welfare” policy passed by the HISD Board of Education was a “slam dunk,” Trevino says.