Parents gather at HISD meeting to get heard

August 27, 2009 1:21:01 PM PDT
This morning, HISD officials met with parents who are upset changes promised to them by current Superintendent Abe Saavedra haven't happened. The parents say outgoing superintendent Dr. Saavedra promised them that the improvements would be made. But they worry because Dr. Saavedra is about to leave his post.

More than 100 parents and education activists cheered a big decision by the HISD board. A board agenda which only included discussion of improvements for a few schools, Lockhart, Worthing High, and Bellfort, was amended to include extra projects at several schools, some of them previously left off the agenda altogether.

"Worthing, Lockhart, Bellaire, Grady, Sam Houston and Bellfort," said HISD Board Trustee Manuel Rodriguez.

This happened despite strong resistance to the amendment by Board President Larry Marshall.

"I think this amendment is worthless and I will vote my conscience and convictions in terms of what you're offering. Rodriguez, that is one vote out," said Board President Larry Marshall.

That is how the vote turned out 8 to 1 in favor of considering improvements for more schools. That was to the excitement of more than two dozen speakers, many echoing the same sentiment.

"It's important for us as adults not to let kids get caught in other agendas," said Judy Long with Parents for Public Schools. "We need to look at need across the district. There are needs everywhere."

Going forward, Marshall did eventually support the idea of considering all of the schools mentioned for improvements. They will be on the agenda this coming September.

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