Parents gather to voice concerns about HISD magnet funding cuts

By Robert Arnold - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - Parents of Houston ISD students gathered Monday afternoon in a town hall meeting to voice their concerns about a proposal to cut funding from the district's magnet programs.

That group is expressing concern and displeasure with proposed budget cuts to many of the programs at HISD's magnet schools. The district was poised to make these cuts during Thursday's school board meeting, however HISD Board of Trustees President Juliet Stipeche pulled that item off Thursday's agenda.

Just because that item was pulled does not mean these cuts won't come up again.

These parents have been fighting now ever since the cuts were proposed by the district. Many of the parents say the cuts would heavily damage language, cultural arts, music programs at magnet schools like Red Elementary, Parker Elementary, T.H. Rogers, Harvard Elementary and Kolter Elementary.

Parents say these programs have shown proven academic gains among students and also brought the district both state, national and international recognition.

The cuts were pulled off school board's agenda. No word if they will be brought back.

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