Under a Texas Senate Bill 1882, HISD could have voted to allow an outside organization — whether it be a non-profit, higher education institution, charter school network or governmental entity — to take control of academics, staffing and more at under-performing Kashmere and Wheatley high schools, Henry Middle School and Highland Heights Elementary.
For now, those schools will continue operating without outside assistance for the upcoming school year. However, if they fall short of next year’s state standardized testing requirements, the schools will be in danger of a Texas Education Agency shutdown or other sanctions. Another state intervention option would be the TEA replacing the HISD school board.
Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones, along with Elizabeth Santos, Wanda Adams, Diana Davila and Jolanda Jones, voted against the proposed measure. Trustees Anne Sung, Maria Flynn Vilaseca, Sue Deigaard and Sergio Lira voted for it.