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Statement Regarding TEA's Appointment of Board of Managers, Superintendent in HISD

Published Jun 01, 2023 by Brina Morales

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The Greater Houston Partnership’s President and CEO, Bob Harvey, issued the following statement regarding the Texas Education Agency’s intervention in Houston ISD through the appointment of a board of managers and superintendent:
“We applaud today’s appointment of Mike Miles as Houston ISD superintendent and the installation of a temporary board of managers. These steps have been in motion for several years and offer the best opportunity to reset the culture of performance and accountability at the district and lift the entire school system. We are grateful to Superintendent Miles and the new board of managers for their willingness to step up and serve our community.
The performance of our region’s – and the state’s – largest school district will determine, in many respects, our long-term success as a region. Houston’s ability to compete on the global stage requires a thriving system of public schools that produces an educated and skilled workforce.  Our ability to further develop as a cohesive city with extraordinary diversity and cultural richness depends on our commitment to providing opportunity for youth from every neighborhood. 

I am hopeful we will look back several years from now and acknowledge this was the day when we began to change the trajectory of HISD and thus the life trajectory of an entire generation of young Houstonians.
Houston’s business community eagerly stands ready to support the new leaders of HISD as they develop district-wide and campus-specific improvement plans for next school year and the years beyond.”

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