Houston ISD Supt. Millard House II issued a statement Friday afternoon (Jan. 13) after a Texas Supreme Court ruling in the morning cleared the way for a Texas Education Agency takeover of the district.
House did not directly address the case, saying is was “under review by HISD’s Legal team,” but if TEA decided to move forward, he could be replaced with a state-appointed conservator and the elected nine-member board with an appointed board of managers.
Instead, he listed a series of actions that he called “progress we have made as a district.”
HOUSE’S FULL STATEMENT
Today, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion regarding ongoing litigation which is still currently under review by HISD’s Legal team.
When I first came into this role, I was clear eyed about the challenges that faced us as a district. I also knew that if we did the right work and kept students at the center of every decision we make, we could move the district in the right direction for our community.
As Superintendent for the last 18 months, my team has been laser-focused on giving each one of our students the academic experience they deserve. Guided by community input, the district developed and is executing on its five-year strategic plan. There is still much more work to be done, but we are excited about the progress we have made as a district and are looking forward to the work ahead.
We have raised teacher salaries by an average of 11%, improved college, career, and military readiness outcomes and celebrated strong accountability improvements across our district. These improvements have been felt across our district including Wheatley High School, Henry Middle School, and Osborne Elementary.
Our focus is clear, and we will continue to do the necessary work to ensure continued academic achievement for all HISD students.