Frustrated parents protest changes at HISD

Some parents are frustrated with HISD over a number of changes, including the renaming and consolidation of schools and budget cuts.

September 12, 2013 4:41:15 PM PDT
Some parents and community leaders say they're frustrated with some of the changes going on in HISD. Those frustrations include the renaming and consolidation of schools and budget cuts. On Thursday, a group protested the district.

Just three weeks into the school year, some parents attending Thursday night's HISD board meeting say they want to address some of the districts broken promises to the community.

A small group of parents, retired teachers and concerned residents representing Houston'S Third Ward, Sunnyside, South Park and other areas gathered outside HISD headquarters for what they called a peaceful rally.

They say their mission is to address board members about decisions effecting the quality of life for students in some of HISD predominately African American neighborhoods.

Among the issues parents are pointing out HISD closing schools, neglected buildings, high principal and teacher turnover rate, lack of course availability and unequal access to resources for students.

"We've had too much massive change in to short a period of time, and all this massive change has been total disruption for most of our schools," community activist Dr. Davetta Daniels said.

Activists say they are asking the superintendent and board members to commit to meeting with parents and visiting some of the schools to see first hand some of the issues they are complaining about.

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