Community fighting to keep two HISD schools open

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HOUSTON - Houston ISD's board of trustees will vote on a proposal Thursday to close two schools, but the fight to save those schools is growing.

On Wednesday, members of the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice gathered in front of the school district's administration building in northwest Houston.

Jones High School and Dodson Elementary School are both on the chopping block.

According to the coalition, closing the schools will split communities apart by alienating parents, community leaders and others.

The group is urging HISD to keep the schools open.

"All children deserve a quality education and the closing of schools will ultimately ruin a child's education to become productive and graduate from high school and move on," said Richard Farias, with the American Latino Center.

Originally, HISD proposed to close five schools citing that enrollments were down. Last week, the district announced Nathaniel Q. Henderson Elementary, Port Houston Elementary and Fleming Middle schools had been removed from the list.

The board will also vote Thursday on a proposal to redraw the boundaries for the Billy Reagan K-8 Education Center.

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