Parents, students make last-ditch effort to keep Dodson Elementary School open

Dodson is the only school that is scheduled to be closed down next year.
March 24, 2014 5:57:14 PM PDT
Parents and community leaders in southeast Houston are still fighting to keep Dodson elementary school open. They held a protest Monday morning, nearly two weeks after the school district's decision to close the school.

Parents and students took part in what may be a last ditch effort. They rallied for around two hours with signs.

The HISD board had already voted to close Dodson at the end of the school year. Students will be sent to nearby Blackshear elementary.

Parents say Dodson is a good school with a Montessori magnet program and shouldn't be closed.

"This school is above average performance. It has a waiting list of over 200 kids to enroll," said parent Ruth Hoffman-Lock. "But the district is saying that enrollment is low and performance is low, which isn't true."

"I went to this school. My kids went to this school. My grandkids, and now I have a great grandchild here," said Loulue Frazier, who was at the rally Monday."

The district originally proposed to close up to five schools, but the school board voted to close only Dodson.

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