It’s time to move in a new direction as we search for new leadership in Houston ISD. Our school district needs a superintendent who will work together with educators, parents and community members to do what it takes to ensure a great school for every child.
The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools believe the next superintendent must stand together with students, schools and educators by supporting:
*A community schools model throughout HISD to give students and their families access to wrap around services to meet their social, emotional and health needs;
*An end to the teacher turnover crisis;
*A comprehensive teacher evaluation system centered on improving teaching and learning, rather than over-testing and punishing; and
*Greater transparency around district expenditures and contracts.
To ensure that the next superintendent is trusted by the community and can work with us for a better future for HISD, we urge you to appoint a community advisory committee that includes at least:
*an educator seat,
*a parent seat,
*a faith-based community seat,
*a seat from the business community, and
*a student seat.
A diverse community advisory committee can enhance and support the selection process by asking candidates important questions from a different point of view and informing candidates of issues that are valuable to the community.
We can start mending fences and rebuilding trust when we work together in good faith to help build public schools that all our children deserve.