Press Release

Community Gathers to Urge HISD to Protect Schools From Needless Closure


Parents and community leaders are fighting against the closure of two schools that would displace students in southeast Houston.  They will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. March 13 as the Houston Independent School District (HISD) board begins its public session. A vote is expected during the session.

“Tax dollars belong in the classroom, not in the pockets of school administrators,” said parent Michael Hicks, who plans to make flyers alerting his north Houston neighbors potentially affected by the proposed closures.

“I don’t understand how HISD could consider closing schools if we just passed a $2 billion bond to build new schools,” Hicks said. “I find it disturbing that, once again, we’re closing more schools.”

“Our more than 13,000 members in Houston have spoken out overwhelmingly against closing neighborhood schools,” said Working America Texas State Director Durrel Douglas. “We’ve collected over 1,000 petitions, wrote letters and are here to send a clear message to board members: Save Our Schools.

“Our members tell us every day they want good public schools, and this is clearly not a step in that direction for our city,” Douglas continued. “Our population is growing, not declining, so we hope the board does what’s right for the students of Houston.”

WHO: Working America members, organizers, community leaders, allies

WHAT: Save our Schools press conference to address proposed school closures.

WHERE: HISD Administration building, 4400 W. 18th St., Houston, Texas

WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 4 p.m. CST



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