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Eugene

(62,173 posts)
Tue Mar 5, 2024, 10:25 AM Mar 2024

Library cuts and teachers quitting: Texas's takeover of Houston schools

Source: The Guardian

Library cuts and teachers quitting: Texas’s takeover of Houston schools

Staff call for the state-appointed superintendent to be removed amid an implementation of a rigid curriculum as over 600 teachers resign

Michael Sainato
@msainat1
Tue 5 Mar 2024 11.00 GMT
Last modified on Tue 5 Mar 2024 11.03 GMT

Teachers and other staff in the Houston Independent school district (HISD), which serves the fourth most populous city in the US, are calling for the state-appointed superintendent of the district to be removed amid a surge in resignations of employees, cuts to libraries and implementation of rigid school reform curriculum.

The Republican governor, Greg Abbott, announced last year that the state of Texas would take control over the Houston Independent school district in June 2023 and replace democratically-elected school board members with state-appointed ones. The move was criticized as part of Abbott’s agenda of expanding charter schools in Texas as one of his legislative priorities has been pushing a bill to expand vouchers for charter schools that failed to garner enough support to pass in 2023.

Floyd Mike Miles, the CEO of charter school corporation Third Futures Schools, was appointed superintendent of the Houston Independent school district last June by the Texas education agency. Miles previously served as superintendent of the Dallas schools district before resigning in 2015.

An online petition calling for Miles’ removal has received more than 13,000 signatures. The petition criticized Miles’ spending of $470,000 of district funds on a school play produced by a family member, and criticized his role in keeping schools open during heating issues several schools faced this winter.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/05/texas-houston-independent-school-district-takeover

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Library cuts and teachers quitting: Texas's takeover of Houston schools (Original Post) Eugene Mar 2024 OP
The destruction and privatization of our public school systems by Republicans is well underway. sop Mar 2024 #1
Miles was fired in Dallas because his policies and politics were hurting education. Lonestarblue Mar 2024 #2
How do you spend $470,000 on a badhair77 Mar 2024 #3

sop

(10,951 posts)
1. The destruction and privatization of our public school systems by Republicans is well underway.
Tue Mar 5, 2024, 11:17 AM
Mar 2024

A dangerous coalition of local and state Republican officials, private for-profit charter school corporations and RW christian extremist groups are waging all-out war on our public schools.

Corporate interests want their cut of the local, state and federal tax dollars going to fund public education, Republicans see the destruction of public schools as a way of getting rid of "liberal education" and RW christians just want to proselytize to students.

Lonestarblue

(10,728 posts)
2. Miles was fired in Dallas because his policies and politics were hurting education.
Tue Mar 5, 2024, 11:50 AM
Mar 2024

So of course Abbott hired him to do the same to Houston schools. The Republican goal in Texas is to end all public schools and turn them into for-profit charters and religious schools funded by taxpayers. People who are not extremists Christians or who hold other religions will have to pay for their own schools if they want kids to learn something other than the Bible or the benefits of predatory capitalism for the rich.

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