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Texas Supreme Court ruling could clear the way for state to take over Houston school district

Jan. 17, 2023
The Texas Education Agency has been trying for several years to take over the state's largest school district.

The Texas Supreme Court has cleared the way for the state to potentially take control of the Houston Independent School District, which state officials say has been plagued by mismanagement and low academic performance at one of its high schools.

The Texas Tribune reports that the state Supreme Court sided with Texas Education Agency (TEA) and threw out an injunction that blocked the takeover saying it isn’t appropriate under the new law.

TEA Commissioner Mike Morath first moved to take over the district’s school board in 2019 in response to allegations of misconduct by board members and years of low performance at Phillis Wheatley High School.

The Houston district sued and, in 2020, a Travis County district judge granting a temporary injunction that blocked the plan.

The TEA argued last year before he Supreme Court that a 2021 law — which went into effect after the case was first taken to court — allows for a state takeover.

Houston School Superintendent Millard House II said the district’s legal team is reviewing the court’s ruling. 

To read the ruling, click here.

About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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