North Forest ISD wins court order temporarily halting merger with HISD

The struggling North Forest district is set to be shut down and absorbed by HISD following years of mismanagement

May 31, 2013 1:32:04 PM PDT
The North Forest Independent School District won a temporary restraining order halting plans to merge the district with the Houston Independent School District.

The TRO granted on Friday mandates a 14-day reprieve in which the Texas Education Agency must halt all activities leading to the merger it ordered.

NFISD filed a petition in state district court in Travis County against Michael Williams, as Commissioner of Education, and Lizzette Gonzales Reynolds, as chief deputy administrator at TEA. The TRO was ordered Friday morning by Judge Jon Wisser in Austin.

A hearing on a preliminary injunction will be held June 13.

"There have been illegal actions by the Commissioner and his appointees throughout this process," said NFISD attorney Chris Tritico. "The law does not permit the government to manipulate the law to accomplish its own ends. Today is a major step in ensuring the continuation of the North Forest School District."

HISD issued the following statement: " The Houston Independent School District is not a party to the litigation involving the North Forest ISD and the Texas Education Agency. HISD will continue to plan and prepare to implement Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams' order to annex North Forest effective July 1, unless that decision is reversed by a court of law."

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