Ratings for the Meeting on June 18th
On Tuesday, June 18, the Houston ISD school board met for its monthly public meeting. The biggest item on the agenda was the budget for the 2019-2020 school year. News about funding from the state came in late May, requiring district administrators to reassess the entire annual budget, including teacher and staff compensation. Unfortunately, a lack of clear budget priorities, continued division among trustees, and increasing animosity between several board members and the interim superintendent have led to another eleventh-hour budget vote. For the third year in a row, the board will convene for a special meeting just days before the required deadline of June 30th. District functions will effectively cease – and many employees will not be paid – if there is no approved budget on July 1st.
While we have outlined specific votes and actions, we have chosen not to distinguish trustees in terms of overall performance this month. The fact that this year’s budgeting process is shaping up to be a repeat of last year’s process is further evidence that money does not – and cannot – replace strong governance and an unwavering commitment to student outcomes. Find out more about the scheduled budget vote here.