Paycheck dispute puts parents in limbo at Heights school

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Students and parents alike hope the teachers will be paid so they can get back to the classroom. (KTRK)

Some Houston parents woke up Thursday wondering whether their kid's teachers would show up for work. In fact, they didn't.

A teacher at the Houston Heights Learning Academy told abc13 the school recently informed teachers their paychecks were going to be late. The teacher said school officials didn't specify why and wouldn't say when they would be delivered. Teachers decided to protest and didn't come to class, according to parents.

Today, we learned the teachers are going to have to wait even longer for their checks. One parent says this is the second time their paychecks have been late.

An attorney for the school's board says there is difficulty getting state funds from the Texas Education Agency. The superintendent took an unexpected and unforeseen leave of absence, leaving behind many questions and the teachers' checks in limbo.

As you can imagine, parents are frustrated. Their kids told abc13 they watched movies and played all day Wednesday. Teacher's assistants cared for them.

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