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On Thursday, December 9, the Houston ISD Board of Education met for its monthly business meeting. The Board also voted on several policy items at agenda review on December 2, most of which were recommended policy changes by the Texas Association of School Boards.

Trustees approved a motion to refocus the language of one of their policy constraints to push for equitable expansion of pre-k programs across the district in addition to striving for higher-quality instruction. This is first reading of the policy, and we should see the administration-developed constraint progress measures in the upcoming months. The Board spent 37% of their time on student outcomes, indicating a step back from the last two months, which were both around 40%. While this is not a huge departure, the Board must be diligent in their focus on student outcomes, considering our calculations are just for their regular board meeting and they have a tight timeline to reach 50% for their total time. 

Overall Ratings 

November 11, 2021

Trustee scores were based on votes and discussion related to agenda items A.2 and K.1 and assessed using core values for Impact and Leadership. 

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: Goals 1 and 4 Progress Monitoring

K.1: Constraint policy (motion)

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: Goals 1 and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Constraint policy (motion)

For

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

A.2: Goals 1 and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Constraint policy (motion)

For

Trustee Hernandez

A.2: Goals 1 and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Constraint policy (motion)

For

Trustee Allen

A.2: Goals 1 and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Constraint policy (motion)

For

Trustee Deigaard

A.2: Goals 1 and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Constraint policy (motion)

For

Trustee Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo

A.2: Goals 1 and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Constraint policy (motion)

For

Trustee Sung

A.2: Goals 1 and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Constraint policy (motion)

For

Trustee Cruz

A.2: Goals 1 and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Constraint policy (motion)

For

Trustee Guidry

A.2: Goals 1 and 4 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Constraint policy (motion)

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.

77 Minutes
77 Minutes: 37%

Trustee Comments

    • The Board took a bit of a step back in terms of time spent on student outcomes and therefore did not affirmatively demonstrate a commitment to Impact. They spent 37% of the meeting discussing student outcomes, compared to 40% in October in November. We do expect this number to waiver from meeting to meeting and are glad to see they didn’t lose much progress. However, considering this is just one of a few monthly board meetings and basically the only one in which they discuss student outcomes, the board does need to ramp up their efforts if they want to reach their goal of 50% student outcome time by the second quarter of next year.
    • The Board demonstrated a commitment to Impact and Leadership by taking the first step to develop a more robust constraint centered around high-quality pre-k expansion in the district. Early childhood education is a necessary foundation for kids as they move on to more complex concepts. By refocusing the constraint to put more attention on quality and equitable access across the district, the Board will open the door for students who need that early instruction the most to have high-quality programs near their homes. We look forward to additional collaboration with the administration when the revised constraint progress measures are brought for second reading, but do want to remind the Board that this work must be finished quickly considering they are already two years into their 5-year monitoring calendar.