The Houston Independent School District (HISD) was threatened with a takeover by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in 2019 due to concerns about the district’s governance, academic performance, and financial management.
In November 2019, the TEA announced that it would be taking over the HISD school board and replacing it with a state-appointed board of managers. This decision came after several years of poor academic performance in some schools within the district and allegations of financial mismanagement.
However, in April 2021, a Texas court blocked the state’s takeover of HISD, citing concerns about the legality of the process. The TEA has since appealed the court’s decision, and the case is ongoing.
In the meantime, HISD has been working to address the issues that led to the potential takeover, including improving academic performance and addressing financial mismanagement. The district has also been working to improve communication and collaboration with the TEA and other stakeholders to ensure that it can continue to provide quality education to its students.