HISD Workshop Gets Heated Response

Tempers flare at a Houston ISD workshop, where the board members discussed turning ten under-performing campuses over to a charter school company.

Under the contract, Energized for Stem Academy - which already operates three charter schools in the district - would take control of Kashmere High School, Wheatley High School, Worthing High School, Henry Middle School, Woodson Elementary School, Blackshear Elementary School, Dogan Elementary School, Highland Heights Elementary School, Mading Elementary School and Wesley Elementary School.

At least two women had to be forcibly removed for disruptive behavior during the meeting, and an HISD officer was injured in the scuffle. 

Critics like the Houston Federation of Teachers say there are too many unanswered questions about the charter school company's business practices and their plan for the 10 schools.  But Dr. James Douglas, who sits on the board of Energized for Stem, tells our TV Partner KPRC Channel-2 the district would not have chosen the company if it did not have a proven record of success.

The meeting ended without a vote being taken.

HISD issued the following statement:

"Per board policy BED LOCAL, audience members shall not be disruptive or abusive during the board meeting.  While the district appreciates and shares the passion the community has for the students and schools and welcomes public input, audience members are expected to be respectful and observe decorum so that their views may be heard and appreciated."  

"During Tuesday night’s workshop, after continuous disruption and multiple outbursts from members of the audience, and after several verbal requests from the Board President to adhere to the rules, attendees were instructed to clear the room and called for a recess. Many refused to leave and a scuffle ensued. An HISD police officer sustained minor injuries."

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