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Houston district plans $4.4 billion bond election in November

June 6, 2024
The proposal was unveiled one year after the state took control of the district and removed the elected school board.

The Houston school district plans to ask voters in November to approve a $4.4 billion bond proposal, the largest in the district's history.

The Houston Chronicle reports that much of the bond, $2.05 billion, would spent on rebuilding, renovating and modernizing school facilities. The district has identified more than 40 campuses with "urgent facility needs."

The proposal calls for investing $1.35 billion on "safe and healthy campuses," which would include updating heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, securing campuses and testing whether school grounds, air, water and buildings meet environmental standards.

And $1 billion would go to career and technical education, early childhood education and district technology investments. 

The Houston district is pitching a bond at a time when many community members feel distrust toward the district and are calling for more transparency.

Houston Public Media reports that the district's $4.4 billion proposal would be the largest school bond package in Texas history. It comes a year after the Houston district--the state's largest--was taken over by state officials.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath removed Houston's nine elected board members, appointed a board of managers, and installed Mike Miles as superintendent.

The new regime has carried out numerous changes, and community members and local elected officials have pushed back by staging protests and calling for state and federal agencies to investigate.

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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