TEA says HISD superintendent has not been selected following tweet by Mayor Turner

HOUSTON – The Texas Education Agency has responded after a tweet made by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner suggested that the agency had selected a superintendent for the Houston Independent School District.

On Saturday, Turner tweeted that there was word the TEA had selected former Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles to be the superintendent of HISD.

KPRC 2 reached out to the TEA to confirm whether this was true or not. A TEA spokesperson responded saying that a selection has not been made yet and that an announcement would come no sooner than June 1.

Mayor Turner released the following statement in response:

“I am hearing from people in Houston and Dallas that Mike Miles is the person. I am also hearing he is planning to talk with principals the first week in June. The TEA Commissioner should confirm or deny. People within the district are making decisions based on what they are hearing. This process has been plagued by rumors from the beginning.

I have not had any conversations with TEA since March.

I view this entire process as flawed and anti-democratic. There has been very little transparency with parents, school personnel and/or media. The sole decision making is in Austin and the stakeholders in HISD are being disregarded. The state’s move to takeover the largest school district in Texas comes with very little local input, no additional resources and no benchmarks by which it, the state, can be assessed and held accountable.”

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