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On Thursday, May 13, the Houston ISD Board of Education met for its monthly business meeting. The Board approved one-time teacher stipends, continuing partnerships for International Baccalaureate program expansion, and virtual mental health services for students with high need. While the Board did pass the revisions to its Annual Operating Budget Policy, the discussion about carryover funding for individual campuses remains unsettled. Additionally, the Board’s commitment to increasing time spent monitoring student outcomes took a hit, with only 14% of the meeting focused on student outcomes.

Overall Ratings 

May 13, 2021

Trustee scores were based on votes and discussion related to agenda items A.2 and K.1 and assessed using core values for Equity, Leadership, Stewardship, 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: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

K.1: Operating budget policy

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 2 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Operating budget policy

For

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

A.2: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Operating budget policy

For

Trustee Hernandez

A.2: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Operating budget policy

For

Trustee Allen

A.2: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Operating budget policy

For

Trustee Deigaard

A.2: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Operating budget policy

For

Trustee Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo

A.2: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Operating budget policy

For

Trustee Sung

A.2: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Operating budget policy

For

Trustee Cruz

A.2: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Operating budget policy

For

Trustee Guidry

A.2: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

K.1: Operating budget policy

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.

28 Minutes
28 Minutes: 14%

Trustee Comments

    • The Board demonstrated a lack of Impact by spending only 14% of the Board meeting monitoring student outcomes, well under their goal of 50% and even down from 16% at the April Board meeting. 
    • The Board did not affirmatively demonstrate a commitment to Equity, Leadership, and Stewardship when addressing the issue of carryover funding for campuses in their Operating Budget Policy. While carryover was retained in the policy by administration and the trustees discussed the merits of sending it to policy committee, ultimately the matter remains unsettled. They did not arrive at an equitable solution for the policy and several trustees voiced the possibility of revisiting this discussion with the new Superintendent. Essentially, the policy just moves this conversation to June of each year, when the Board decides to carryover funding with the annual budget.