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News About Houston’s Schools

September 5, 2017

As of September 05, 2017, there is not much available in the media concerning the condition of Houston’s public school facilities following Hurricane Harvey, likely because assessing the condition of the schools required waiting for floodwaters to recede enough to assess condition of the facilities.

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) announced to CNN as of September 01, 2017, that it plans to officially open on Monday, September 11, 2017.

However, an assessment of HISD facilities posted one day later, on September 02, 2017, by Fox26 Houston (from AP and Fox 32 News), makes the September 11, 2017, projected opening seem less likely.

As Fox26 reports, HISD has 218,000 students, an estimated 12,000 of whom are expected to be rerouted to attend other schools due to severe damage to 22 of 245 school buildings. Those 22 schools could remain closed for months. It also appears that an additional 53 schools have what Fox26 describes as “major” damage. HISD has not yet released a comprehensive list of schools that are damaged and to what extent. HISD has stated that 115 of its 245 schools will require a thorough cleaning prior to opening.

On its Twitter page, HISD encourages those seeking news on HISD schools following Harvey to refer to the HISD–Harvey web page:

According to the HSD-Harvey webpage, HISD admin staff and principals reported to work on Tuesday, September 05, 2017. As of this writing, the webpage also has the opening day of school listed as Monday, September 11, 2017.


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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of two other books: A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education and Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?. You should buy these books. They’re great. No, really.

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  1. Hi Mercedes, I’m guessing you have already seen this but just in case you haven’t, thought you would be interested to know that New Orleans is a stellar example of charter school success. (Tongue in cheek) I love your blog and thank you for all your work. Diane in Philly.


    These three fast-improving school districts have lessons for Philly All three cities have two things in common, besides widespread poverty: all have made chartering a core strategy, and all have seen significant collaboration between charters and traditional schools.


  2. Lisa M permalink

    And it is rumored that our favorite public school leader, the one and only, Betsy DeVos was in Houston, surveying the damage. I bet she had to wear a bib she was salivating so much! All she sees are dollar signs and how she can privatize HISD so that all that sweet, green money flows right into her offshore bank accounts. The woman is nothing but a drooling hyena….a scavenger waiting to pick the bones after the lion killed the prey. DISGUSTING!

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