We met up at Worthing High School at 8:00 AM to board a big yellow school bus to head to Texas Education Agency (TEA) Headquarters. We were parents, teachers, students, and supporters coming together to save our schools from privatization. Worthing, Wheatley, Kashmere, and a slew of other historically Black and Brown schools are slated for closure/charter if TEA has its way.
Legislation (HB 1842 and HB 1882) passed under the big pink dome of the Texas Capitol have low-performing schools under the gun. Instead of offering additional resources, or guiding improvement, the move spearheaded by State Rep. Harold Dutton (Houston) moves to close or charter neighborhood schools.
We arrived in Austin around 1:00 PM asking to meet with TEA officials to no avail. According to the receptionist, there was nobody available since it was Spring Break. Spring Break?!?!?
From there, we headed to the big show---The Texas Capitol---where we attempted to meet with Dutton's staff, but were met with a locked door and lights out, before heading over to Senator Miles' staffer who pledged support to keep schools open.
From there, we stopped to speak with the staff of Senator Whitmire.
In the coming weeks, it's important that we make a strong showing at the HISD Board meeting on 4/12 at 6:00 PM.
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