On Friday afternoon, Houston ISD staff, board of trustees, community leaders and even Curtis James Jackson III, known professionally as 50 Cent, gathered downtown for the first State of School address by HISD Superintendent Millard House II.
“I’m hopeful but clear-eyed,” House said. “About what lies ahead. I see our promise, our potential, but I’m very clear that we have to choose where we want to go. We cannot improve unless we recognize the need to improve.”
House said he pledged to focus his five-year plan for the district on increasing enrollment and providing incentives to retain and hire teachers at HISD.
“We have 24 schools. Unfortunately, they’ve been consistently underperforming for quite some time,” House said. “They need to improve or HISD will continue to live under the threat of government interference and children will not be given the tools they need to thrive in this global economy.”
Enrollment in public schools is declining nationwide. The team of 13 Investigates learned that Houston’s ISD enrollment has decreased by 18,072 students compared to pre-pandemic enrollment, which could have a significant impact on the district’s funding.
House said he hopes to address declining enrollment by providing equitable opportunities and resources for all HISD students in every school.
“We have to acknowledge that HISD has lost more than 20,000 students in the last few years,” House said. “Too many families don’t believe that the district is the right choice for their children.”
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