Posted by: Daniel Santos, an HISD teacher and CVPE member
Date: February 15, 2014
Imagine for a moment that public education meant educating every student in every neighborhood. Imagine for a moment that tests were utilized to inform schools and not punish or demean them. Imagine for a moment that teachers were viewed as respected professionals whose professional opinions about education policy matter. And, finally, imagine policy makers and school district trustees adopting regulations based on peer-reviewed research and not ideology. One would say that I’m a dreamer.
It is regrettable that education policy, as practiced in the Houston Independent School District and in public schools across the nation, has been driven by the corporate reform ideology of the Bill Gates Foundation, Eli Broad Foundation and Wal-Mart‘s Walton Foundation, whose ideas have yet to produce any substantive results.
After 13 years, for example, HISD has yet to close the achievement gap, judging by the 53 schools that were spotlighted by the Texas Education Agency last month as needing improvement. Furthermore, according to the Nation’s Report Card results released in December, only 19 percent of fourth-graders in Houston scored “proficient,” far less than the state and national averages. Continue reading
Please mark your calendars for our next CVPE Meeting on Saturday, February 8th from 3:30-5:00pm at All Saint’s Church, 215 E. 10th in The Heights. (Access parking via Cortlandt between 10th and 11th.)
Today’s meeting is a general meeting for all of us. HISD needs to hear from you. Don’t you think the community should be involved in any school closure decision? Come to the meeting today to learn what you can do to ensure that all of our children have access to quality neighborhood schools.
Meeting Agenda this Saturday:
- Learn what you can to do stop school closures that are unfairly targeting poor communities.
- Join us to work on one of our committee groups: Spring platform, op-eds/social media, and/or delegations, school board meetings, etc.
- Learn about upcoming events and how you can participate.
Bring colleagues who may be interested in hearing what they can do to improve public education in Houston. Reconnect with old friends and help pave the way for change. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
You can’t improve schools by closing them. And you certainly can’t help neighborhoods by abandoning them.
Are you interested in public education? Would you like to be part of an enthusiastic team to advocate change? If so, please join our CVPE leadership meeting Saturday, January 11th, from 3:30-5 pm at All Saint’s Church, 215 E. 10th in The Heights. (Access parking via Cortlandt between 10th and 11th.)
This will be a working meeting to plan our spring campaigns.
Work groups will include:
- Writing CVPE’s 2014 agenda document
- Writing op-eds
- Planning our February presentation to HISD school board and associated media
- Organizing delegations to educate officials
- Imagining creative actions to bring attention to core educational issues
Hope to see you there!
3:30pm Meeting at All Saints Church, 215 E 10th St
5pm Holiday Party at 1329 Alexander
Let’s re-connect after the campaign! Join us as we discuss pressing public educational issues, the Dec 9th Rally for Public Education, lessons learned from the campaign and ways we can work together to improve our public schools.
Save the date – Rally for Public Education: Our Schools, Our Kids:
December 9th at HISD at 4400 18th Street at 4 p.m.
High Stakes Testing is hurting our children and our communities and EVAAS is the wrong model for evaluating our teachers.
Save the date - Take action against low pay and support the parents in our communities:
December 5th at 11:30 am at McDonald’s at 4920 Kirby
A living wage makes it possible for parents to support their children in school.
Source: KUHF News for Houston
Posted by: Laura Isensee
Date: November 27, 2013
Earlier this month the Houston Independent School District announced it was looking into possible cheating at two elementary schools. Last night parents from one of those schools, Jefferson Elementary, gathered at a town hall meeting. They came with questions and concerns.
Dozens of parents and children crowded into a community center on the Northside of Houston.
State Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Democrat, led the hour-long discussion. One question she asked got a resounding response. Continue reading
We came close, but we lost the race for HISD Trustee in District 7, 53% to 47%. Although we failed to win this seat, we shared our vision of the quality education Houston’s children deserve with voters across the city.
We went from being virtually unknown 100 days ago to winning the support of over 5,700 voters for change in HISD: for a commitment to a rich, challenging curriculum, for thoughtful supports and partnerships to enable each child to thrive, and for responsible spending.
This vision for strengthening public education has been the project of Community Voices for Public Education, a grassroots group of parents, teachers, students, and community members, since its founding two years ago. The countless conversations I have had with people across Houston over these months have renewed my commitment to this work. I hope that you will consider joining us – because achieving this change for HISD’s schools requires advocacy that transcends the electoral season. Email email@example.com to join. We meet next in December (details to follow.)
I am deeply thankful to all our supporters. Thank you for your overwhelming support of my candidacy and our common cause. I am humbled and inspired by your collective commitment to education and our children’s future.
With great love and appreciation,