Last Thursday, the Houston ISD Board of Education held one of its most crucial meetings of 2017. At this meeting, the Board passed the various turnaround plans for schools that have been labeled as Improvement Required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The campus principals from Kashmere High School, Wheatley High School, and Woodson K-8 came to the meeting to present student growth data, which helped guide the board’s conversation. The growth data is an indication that turnaround efforts have been working so far, and all three principals emphasized that their schools need continued support from the Administration and Board. Trustees were unanimous in their agreement that the turnaround plans were well-prepared, student-centered, and unique to each school. There was one trustee who felt it was more important to vote against the turnaround plans, which provide more district resources for these schools, as a symbol of protest against the TEA. More information about this important issue and evaluations of all board members can be found here.