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Statement Regarding Houston Federation of Teachers' Lawsuit Against HISD

Published Aug 31, 2023 by Brina Morales

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Statement on Behalf of Bob Harvey, President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership

"Nothing is more fundamental to delivering a high-quality education to every student in HISD than being able to assess teacher performance and the quality of instruction. 

It is clear the Houston Federation of Teachers stands opposed to acknowledging high-performing teachers and holding accountable those who are not delivering the highest-quality instruction in their classrooms. 

A sound accountability system 1) provides performance feedback to teachers and principals, 2) supports differentiated pay for performance, 3) allows leadership to place the strongest teachers in the most challenging schools, and 4) allows HISD to draw down additional funds from the state.  

It is clear the union intends to fight systemic reform at every turn at HISD. This is part of a larger national battle between the teacher unions and those, like the business community, seeking wholesale change in the quality of education and training of our youth. 

Once again, we find ourselves in a situation where adults are focused on themselves instead of the students. Each day that passes without change is another day we are failing our kids. Houstonians should be incensed that our kids are being used as pawns as HFT uses our District Courts to impede progress. For the sake of the students, these games have to stop.”

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