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Three Weeks Until Election Day
October 16, 2017
The 2017 Houston ISD School Board election is now only 3 weeks away. We have exactly 21 days to ensure that our board is made up of collaborative, focused adults who will manage the district’s resources prudently while still ensuring that students are set up for success. Given our current budget deficit and the threat of a district takeover by the State, our participation in this election is more important than ever. We, at Houston GPS, are fully devoted to increasing public understanding of the specific responsibilities of school board members and continuing to hold board members accountable once they’re in office.
We must make sure that our schools are consistently providing children with the best education possible. For too long, we’ve let hyper-divisive issues create empty alliances that only serve to perpetuate gridlock. If we are going to forge a system in which teachers are not tethered to state tests and are able to operate as the knowledgeable professionals they are and in which parents have a robust set of excellent public school options in their own communities, then we need adults who will talk to each other, research together, recognize that their preconceived notions may be flawed, and bring many ideas to the table in search of solutions for our children and our city.
The time to act is now. In addition to voting, you can get involved by donating to qualified candidates, volunteering for campaigns, and attending monthly school board meetings.
Early voting begins October 23rd! Our children need you now more than ever. If you are a registered voter in Harris County, go to www.harrisvotes.com to find your sample ballot, and click here to see our non-partisan candidate descriptions and to find out who we’ve decided to endorse in this election.
Every Election is Important
September 9, 2017
Every election is important, but when it comes to this year’s election, your voice and vote will be more important than ever. In addition to caring about our children’s education and how our tax dollars are being spent in the largest school district in Texas, this year, we should also be concerned about how Houston ISD will recover from Harvey. Considering the extensive damage sustained by several schools, we must recognize that next school board will play a major role in rebuilding our district. Now is not the time to shy away from the political process.
This November, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) will have six trustee seats on the ballot. Three of the six races that are up for a vote will not have a returning trustee seeking re-election. This means there are new faces, new backgrounds, and new information to be learned about the individuals seeking office. However, with all of these seats open, only a few lucky voters will get to decide who will serve on the board and direct the focus of HISD. Why only a few? Because traditionally, nine percent of eligible voters participate in school board elections. That’s it. Yet with a district of over 215,000 students and a budget of nearly $2 billion dollars, paying attention to this election and these races will be important for every voter within HISD’s boundaries. The stakes are high, and your voice is powerful. Now is the time to get engaged and learn what district you reside in, who represents you, and the candidates who are running.
The HISD school board has nine trustees, and members serve staggered four-year terms. This year, District I, District V, District VI, District VII, and District IX are scheduled for regular election. The unexpected passing of District III Trustee Manny Rodriguez earlier this summer left a vacancy on the board, which will be filled by a special election.
In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, it is hard to remember or keep up with yet another elected position. Handy resources like the Harris County Tax Office’s Voter Precinct Street Guide help voters know their district, and the Houston ISD website helps voters get acquainted with their current trustee and the schools that trustee represents. Knowing who represents you and if your district will have an election this year is crucial. For a list of the individuals currently running in each district, please visit our website.
It is important to gain the valuable information you need to know to make an informed decision this coming November. The students and families of HISD need your attention to be focused on these races to make the school district the best it can be. Our children and our city deserve nothing less.
Houstonians for Great Public Schools needs you
August 8, 2017
Do you believe in quality education for your child? For all children? Do you think school boards play a major role in providing opportunities for student success? Do you want a voice in helping to elect quality leaders who can work to ensure school districts focus on student achievement? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then Houstonians for Great Public Schools needs you.
Be a member of our organization and help us elect candidates who will be great district leaders. This November, Houstonians will have the opportunity to elect a school board trustee in six different districts in the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Yep, you read that right. Six out of nine districts are up for election in just a few short months. That’s not a lot of time to do candidate research, but Houstonians for Great Public Schools has that covered for you. We made it easy for the average voter to find out who is running, why they are running, and if they will be a quality leader for student success in HISD.
On August 24, 2017, we are holding a candidate forum to meet the many different people who are asking for the privilege to be a trustee in the largest school district in Texas. So, come to our forum to learn more about these candidates. Become a member of our organization, and help us make a decision on who we should endorse in each race.
We need school districts to prepare all children for future success, but in order to do that, we need to elect effective leaders to serve on the board. Your voice is needed to make this possible. Join us in making sure our school boards stay focused on student achievement. Become a HoustonGPS member today. Click here to donate.