Ratings for the Meeting on November 14th

The Houston ISD School Board met for its monthly public business meeting last Thursday. One item originally included on the agenda was B.3, a motion to extend the contract with the Board’s external law firm. Although the item was removed by Board President Diana Dávila, the board has already racked up nearly $150,000 in fees to defend themselves from sanctions associated with their violation of the Open Meetings Act last October. Unless the board votes to end their relationship (the original contract expired in August), the work of their external law firm continues even without the extension. Also of note was item E.3, Targeted Improvement Plans (TIP) for struggling campuses. Although we hope these plans, ultimately approved by the trustees, included proven strategies to improve student outcomes, we actually have no idea what they contained, as the district only publicly offers previously approved plans, and board members engaged in no discussion on this item.

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