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On Thursday, September 9, the Houston ISD Board of Education met for its monthly business meeting. The Board also voted on several items at their agenda review meeting on September 2. These items included altering the Board goal monitoring calendar and several changes to Board policy and constraints. While the regular meeting agenda was relatively light this month, the Board lost ground on their time spent discussing student outcomes, which was down 8% from last month. The majority of the board meeting focused on the police body cameras and software, which is a result of continuing tension around the role of HISD police in the district. After a lengthy discussion, the Board was able to arrive at a compromise and did publicly promise to hold a meeting to consider their overall approach to district police. We look forward to that discussion and hope to see an equitable, student-focused resolution.

Overall Ratings 

September 9, 2021

Trustee scores were based on votes and discussion related to agenda items A.2 and the I.1 project for police body cameras and software and assessed using core values for Leadership, Equity, and Impact. 

District I: Trustee Santos

Medium

District II: Kathy Blueford-Daniels

Medium

District III: Dani Hernandez

Medium

District IV: Patricia Allen

Medium

District V: Sue Deigaard

Medium

District VI:  Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo

Medium

District VII: Anne Sung

Medium

District VIII: Judith Cruz

Medium

District IX: Myrna Guidry

Medium

Key Votes 

A.2: Constraint 1  and 4 Progress Monitoring

I.1: Police Body Cameras (Motion for to approve one year)

Trustee Santos

For

Against

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

For

For

Trustee Hernandez

For

For

Trustee Allen

For

For

Trustee Allen

For

For

Trustee Deigaard

For

For

Trustee Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo

For

For

Trustee Sung

For

For

Trustee Cruz

For

For

Trustee Guidry

For

For

Key Votes 

Trustee Santos

A.2: Constraint 1  and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

I.1: Police Body Cameras (Motion for to approve one year)

Against

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

A.2: Constraint 1  and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

I.1: Police Body Cameras (Motion for to approve one year)

For

Trustee Hernandez

A.2: Constraint 1  and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

I.1: Police Body Cameras (Motion for to approve one year)

For

Trustee Allen

A.2: Constraint 1  and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

I.1: Police Body Cameras (Motion for to approve one year)

For

Trustee Deigaard

A.2: Constraint 1  and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

I.1: Police Body Cameras (Motion for to approve one year)

For

Trustee Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo

A.2: Constraint 1  and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

I.1: Police Body Cameras (Motion for to approve one year)

For

Trustee Sung

A.2: Constraint 1  and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

I.1: Police Body Cameras (Motion for to approve one year)

For

Trustee Cruz

A.2: Constraint 1  and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

I.1: Police Body Cameras (Motion for to approve one year)

For

Trustee Guidry

A.2: Constraint 1  and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

I.1: Police Body Cameras (Motion for to approve one year)

For

Time Spent on Student Outcomes

Research shows that school boards that focus on student outcomes have a greater impact. The Texas Education Agency recommends spending at least 50% of Board meeting time on student outcomes.

57 Minutes
57 Minutes: 25%

Trustee Comments

    • The Board demonstrated a lack of Impact by only spending 25% of the regular board meeting discussing student outcomes. This is down 8% from last month. While we do not expect every month to be an increase from the last, this is low considering how light the agenda was this month. The trustees must keep best practice and their goal of 50% student outcome time in mind moving forward.
    • The Board President publicly agreed to call another meeting or workshop to discuss the role of police in the district. We are encouraged to see this result, considering this meeting was a clear demonstration of why this discussion is necessary. The divisions on the Board concerning the police function have affected their ability to efficiently consider agenda items and comply with state law. The Board did arrive at a compromise that would allow the police access to body cameras and software, while the Board deliberates their plans moving forward. However, most of the time spent on this item was not solutions-oriented, somewhat hindering collaboration.