Houston ISD releases final plan to become ‘District of Innovation’: What this means for campuses
The Houston Independent School District is no longer trying to increase class sizes for pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students. The proposal was removed from the district’s final district of innovation plan release Friday afternoon.
15% improvement now required for STAAR test scores after HISD board vote
The Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees have voted to approve four student outcome goals set forth by the district in hopes of improving student test scores and readiness for once they leave the classroom over the next five years.
HISD superintendent says he will pay ‘teacher experts’ to review curriculum after inappropriate lesson appears online
The Houston Independent School District is responding to an inappropriate lesson plan circulating on social media that was supposed to be taught to middle school students in the district’s New Education System-aligned campuses.
Support for Houston ISD’s Spanish speakers has dwindled under state-appointed leader, parents say
For one reading class, Superintendent Mike Miles said instruction would focus on English, even if it meant risking state funding for dual-language programs. Parents say it goes further than that, adding that their kids are receiving no assistance in Spanish at all.
‘No excuses’: Superintendent Miles pushes for ‘high-performance culture’ in district
Houston Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles held a meeting Wednesday with his leadership team to introduce his plans on how to make the district a “high-performance culture,” along with his goals for improving accountability amongst teachers and administrators.
Focus on Fleming Middle School: What campus life is like under state takeover
Fleming Middle School Principal, Devin Adams, acknowledges the hesitations many community members have regarding the Houston Independent School District’s state takeover and the newly implemented curriculum at 28 New Education System campuses and 57 NES-aligned schools.
HISD adopts state-approved teacher evaluation system in response to lawsuit
During a Houston Independent School District board meeting last week, Superintendent Mike Miles said the district has decided to implement the state-approved T-TESS Evaluation System rather than a new teacher evaluation system.
Lawsuit filed against HISD superintendent, school board due to alleged illegal teacher evaluation system
The Houston Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Houston Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles and the school board for implementing the new teacher evaluation system.
‘Stand up for what’s right!’: Teachers, faculty continue to express concerns about promised salaries at Houston ISD
With just a few days before the first day of school, many people continue to reach out to KPRC 2 for help getting answers. They say their current pay does not match what the district promised them when they signed up to do the job.
Community leaders host block walk to inform parents about HISD library cuts
An organization that unites Houston parents, educators, students, and community members to advocate for policies that strengthens HISD’s school system is spreading awareness of what is happening to schools since the takeover.
Questions loom about former HISD Trustee who went on vacation after entering guilty plea for conspiracy tied to bribes
Former Houston Independent School District Board of Education president, Rhonda Skillern-Jones, entered a guilty plea back in Oct. 2021 for conspiracy tied to bribes within the district. Now, she's traveling overseas at her leisure. Experts question if she's not being held accountable.
Former HISD secretary who embezzled school funds, set fire to campus in cover-up attempt ordered to pay restitution
A former secretary at a Houston Independent School District elementary school pleaded guilty this week to stealing about $35,000 in school activity funds, then setting a small fire at the campus in a failed attempt to cover up her theft, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
Former HISD school board discusses upcoming changes within the district
Several ousted Houston ISD elected board members joined together virtually to speak with the community Tuesday. They say the purpose was to walk people through the proposed policy changes that Superintendent Mike Miles wants the new state-appointed board to approve.
Following recent criticism, HISD Superintendent Mike Miles invites Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to tour NES schools
Following recent criticism from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles has written a letter to Turner, inviting him to tour New Education System (NES) aligned schools on the first week back from summer break.
HISD to eliminate librarians, turn some libraries into discipline centers at 28 campuses
Houston Independent School District will be eliminating librarian positions at 28 schools this upcoming year and utilizing some of the libraries as ‘Team Centers” where kids with behavioral issues will be sent, the district announced.
Nearly 2,400 positions cut at Houston ISD’s central office as part of reorganization
During the latest round of community meetings held via Zoom on Thursday, Houston Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles provided more details on the numbers of positions which would be eliminated from the district’s central office.
WATCH: Houston ISD superintendent Mike Miles answers questions at district’s 6th community meeting held virtually
Houston Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles is hosting the sixth district family event to share more information about his vision for HISD and to meet families from schools across the district.
As school year approaches, Houston ISD still trying to fill job vacancies
There are only six weeks until school starts, and the Houston Independent School District still has many job vacancies. The district is holding weekly hiring events to make sure people are in place to welcome students on Aug. 28.
Parents of HISD students hopeful following second community meeting with new superintendent
With no opinions and an open mind, Deirdra Dobbs and her son Adrienne watched and listened attentively at Williams Middle School as the Houston Independent School District’s new superintendent, Mike Miles, explained his vision at his second community meeting of a series of seven family events.
HISD offering $85K salaries to teachers hired at ‘priority schools’
The Houston Independent School District is promoting incentives including competitive salaries of $85,000, pre-constructed lesson plans and administrative-provided discipline of students to teachers applying to schools under their New Education System.
HISD new superintendent to reallocate 2023-2024 budget approval to improve student outcomes
The new superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, F. Mike Miles, has recommended rightsizing central office expenditures and eliminations duplicative vendor contracts to reallocate resources to be invested in the 29 New Education System schools, according to a release.
HISD Superintendent Millard House will serve last day with district following TEA takeover, Mayor Turner says
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Friday that Millard House will serve his last day as superintendent at Houston Independent School District following the Texas Education Agency takeover.
Community activist Gerry Monroe, known as outspoken ‘champion’ and fierce fighter for HISD students, dies
The community is mourning the death of Gerry Monroe, who was widely regarded as a fierce fighter for students in the Houston Independent School District, often taking on the Board for various issues.
TEA takeover: Here’s what we know about the agency’s search for managers for Houston ISD
The TEA accepted applications for managers for HISD until April 6. Hundreds of Houstonians applied. Of those, fewer than half completed a governance training required to move forward in the application process, the agency confirmed.