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On Thursday, April 8, the Houston ISD Board of Education met for its monthly business meeting. The Board approved the continuing partnership with Teach For America for the second year in a row. Maintaining this relationship marks a commitment to increasing principal autonomy, filling critical teacher vacancies, and increasing enrollment in HISD’s Alternative Certification Program, which is a revenue source for the district. On the other hand, the Board’s commitment to increasing time spent monitoring student outcomes took a hit, with only 16% of the meeting focused on student outcomes.

Overall Ratings 

April 8, 2021

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

District I: Trustee Santos

Low

District II: Kathy Blueford-Daniels

Medium

District III: Dani Hernandez

Medium

District IV: Patricia Allen

Low

District V: Sue Deigaard

Medium

District VI:  Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo

Medium

District VII: Anne Sung

Low

District VIII: Judith Cruz

Medium

District IX: Myrna Guidry

Medium

Key Votes 

A.2: Goal 1 & 4 Progress Monitoring

B.1: Board Constraint Discussion

G.1: Teach For America

Trustee Santos

For

N/A

Against

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

For

N/A

For

Trustee Hernandez

For

N/A

For

Trustee Allen

For

N/A

Against

Trustee Deigaard

For

N/A

For

Trustee Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo

For

N/A

For

Trustee Sung

For

N/A

Abstain

Trustee Cruz

For

N/A

For

Trustee Guidry

For

N/A

For

Key Votes 

Trustee Santos

A.2: Goal 1 & 4 Progress Monitoring

For

B.1: Board Constraint Discussion

N/A

G.1: Teach For America

Against

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

A.2: Goal 1 & 4 Progress Monitoring

For

B.1: Board Constraint Discussion

N/A

G.1: Teach For America

For

Trustee Hernandez

A.2: Goal 1 & 4 Progress Monitoring

For

B.1: Board Constraint Discussion

N/A

G.1: Teach For America

For

Trustee Allen

A.2: Goal 1 & 4 Progress Monitoring

For

B.1: Board Constraint Discussion

N/A

G.1: Teach For America

Against

Trustee Deigaard

A.2: Goal 1 & 4 Progress Monitoring

For

B.1: Board Constraint Discussion

N/A

G.1: Teach For America

For

Trustee Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo

A.2: Goal 1 & 4 Progress Monitoring

For

B.1: Board Constraint Discussion

N/A

G.1: Teach For America

For

Trustee Sung

A.2: Goal 1 & 4 Progress Monitoring

For

B.1: Board Constraint Discussion

N/A

G.1: Teach For America

Abstain

Trustee Cruz

A.2: Goal 1 & 4 Progress Monitoring

For

B.1: Board Constraint Discussion

N/A

G.1: Teach For America

For

Trustee Guidry

A.2: Goal 1 & 4 Progress Monitoring

For

B.1: Board Constraint Discussion

N/A

G.1: Teach For America

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.

48 Minutes
48 Minutes: 16%

Trustee Comments

    • The Board demonstrated a lack of Impact by spending only 16% of the Board meeting monitoring student outcomes, well under their goal of 50%.
    • Last Fall, the Board committed to hold itself accountable by adopting five self-constraints. At the April regular meeting, they were scheduled to discuss and approve their progress monitoring on these constraints, but did not engage in the discussion. Considering the length of the meeting and the number of presentations the Board scheduled, foregoing the discussion was understandable, but the Board should publicly hold itself accountable for the adopted constraints, just as the Superintendent is held accountable through progress monitoring updates. In the future, the Board must prioritize accountability.