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On Thursday, June 10, the Houston ISD Board of Education met for its monthly business meeting. The Board focused most of its time on discussing the 2021-2022 district operating budget, which must be passed annually by the end of June. For the second year in a row, the Board was able to pass the budget on time at the regular board meeting, rather than pushing the vote to the end of the month. The Board did not manage to avoid last-minute amendments but was able to provide a modest raise of $2,500 to teachers in addition to step increases. The Board chose to leave the issue of making raises sustainable for the new Superintendent. For our full remarks on the Board’s budget process and our hopes for next year, visit our latest blog post. The Board’s commitment to increasing time spent monitoring student outcomes remained stagnant, with only 14% of the meeting focused on student outcomes.

Overall Ratings 

June 10, 2021

Trustee scores were based on votes and discussion related to agenda items A.2 and A.3 and assessed using core values for 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 1  and 2 Progress Monitoring

A.3: 2021-2022 District Opperating Budget

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 1  and 2 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3: 2021-2022 District Opperating Budget

For

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

A.2: Goal 1  and 2 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3: 2021-2022 District Opperating Budget

For

Trustee Hernandez

A.2: Goal 1  and 2 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3: 2021-2022 District Opperating Budget

For

Trustee Allen

A.2: Goal 1  and 2 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3: 2021-2022 District Opperating Budget

For

Trustee Deigaard

A.2: Goal 1  and 2 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3: 2021-2022 District Opperating Budget

For

Trustee Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo

A.2: Goal 1  and 2 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3: 2021-2022 District Opperating Budget

For

Trustee Sung

A.2: Goal 1  and 2 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3: 2021-2022 District Opperating Budget

For

Trustee Cruz

A.2: Goal 1  and 2 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3: 2021-2022 District Opperating Budget

For

Trustee Guidry

A.2: Goal 1  and 2 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3: 2021-2022 District Opperating Budget

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.

33 Minutes
33 Minutes: 14%

Trustee Comments

    • While the Board did manage to pass the budget on time and secure modest raises for teachers, it did so through last-minute amendments and by leaving the issue of making raises sustainable for the new Superintendent. We applaud the board for taking the first step of making teacher salaries more competitive in the region, but there is still a long way to go. The Board must be able to agree on budget priorities and work with administration, potentially making tough decisions, to rework the budget to focus funding on students and the staff that support them the most. To see our full comments on the budget process, please visit our latest blog post.