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On Thursday, November 11, the Houston ISD Board of Education met for its monthly business meeting. The Board also voted on a few items on November 18 at a Special meeting, including class size waivers and adding interpretation services to their Public Participation policy. Superintendent House also gave an overview of his first 100 days in the district and outlined his strategic priorities. The superintendent’s priorities will be explained in detail in the district’s strategic plan, which should be released in spring. The five strategic priorities include:

  • cultivating world-class talent at all levels, 
  • providing equitable opportunities and resources at every school,
  • Promoting high-quality teaching and learning,
  • Ensuring great schools and programs in every community,
  • and delivering effective services and supports to students with exceptional needs. 

Trustees approved offering simultaneous interpretation services in Spanish at each board meeting and additional languages upon advanced request. The Board spent 41% of their time on student outcomes holding steady from October. The progress on student outcomes and equitable policies is commendable, but we hope that it continues after election season and when the Board’s agenda is not as light as it was this month. 

Overall Ratings 

November 11, 2021

Trustee scores were based on votes and discussion related to agenda items A.2 from the November 11 regular meeting and K.1 from the November 18 Special meeting and assessed using core values for Equity and Impact. 

District I: Trustee Santos

HIGH

District II: Kathy Blueford-Daniels

HIGH

District III: Dani Hernandez

HIGH

District IV: Patricia Allen

HIGH

District V: Sue Deigaard

HIGH

District VI:  Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo

HIGH

District VII: Anne Sung

HIGH

District VIII: Judith Cruz

HIGH

District IX: Myrna Guidry

HIGH

Key Votes 

A.2: Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

K.1: Public Participation (Interpretation Services)

Trustee Santos

For

For

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: Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Public Participation (Interpretation Services)

For

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

A.2: Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Public Participation (Interpretation Services)

For

Trustee Hernandez

A.2: Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Public Participation (Interpretation Services)

For

Trustee Allen

A.2: Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Public Participation (Interpretation Services)

For

Trustee Deigaard

A.2: Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Public Participation (Interpretation Services)

For

Trustee Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo

A.2: Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Public Participation (Interpretation Services)

For

Trustee Sung

A.2: Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Public Participation (Interpretation Services)

For

Trustee Cruz

A.2: Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Public Participation (Interpretation Services)

For

Trustee Guidry

A.2: Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Public Participation (Interpretation Services)

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.

92 Minutes
92 Minutes: 41%

Trustee Comments

    • The Board demonstrated a commitment to Impact by spending 40% of the regular board meeting discussing student outcomes. This is a large increase from 25% last month. We are pleased to see this progress, but also recognize that five trustees are currently up for election and the Board had a light agenda this month. We hope to see the Board maintain this momentum to reach their goal of 50% student outcome time.
    • The Board demonstrated a commitment to Stewardship and Leadership by taking the necessary steps to prepare for a much-needed bond election. They approved finishing HISD’s comprehensive facilities assessment. So many HISD schools are in need of major repairs, making a bond election and long-term financial planning a huge priority for the District.