The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to authorize the negotiation and execution of a contract to conduct a review of the district’s special education program.
The review will identify how the district is providing intervention for struggling students, offer suggestions on the evaluation referral process, and also evaluate the development of the individualized education program.
“This review is a step in the right direction for HISD,” said HISD Chief Academic Officer Dr. Grenita Lathan. “Our primary goal is to ensure every student who needs special education services receives the assistance needed.” News Release
The board voted 5-3, with Manuel Rodriguez, Jolanda Jones and Diana Davila opposed, to approve an amended motion to adopt an amended resolution ordering the May 6 election regarding authorization to participate in recapture, the process by which the district will send money to the State of Texas under the school financing system.
The amendment provided for the estimated cost of the election and added voting locations to the list.
The board voted 7-2, with Rhonda Skillern-Jones and Jones opposed, to approve board of education goals to be met by the superintendent of schools.
The board voted 6-1-2, with Jones opposed and Skillern-Jones and Wanda Adams abstaining, to approve a petition request for Houston ID Support as a property owner of the Near Northside Civility Ordinance Expansion.
The ordinance, implemented by the City of Houston, prohibits sitting or laying on public sidewalks and obstructing traffic.
The board voted unanimously to approve turnaround plans for improvement required campuses.
The board voted 8-0, with Lunceford away, to negotiate and execute a contract for medical plan administration and ancillary services.
The board voted 6-2, with Rodriguez and Jones opposed and Lunceford away, to approve revisions to board policy regarding public participation, on second reading.
The board took no action regarding proposed revisions to the guiding principles outlined in a declaration of beliefs and vision. The item was withdrawn from the agenda.
The board took no action regarding a proposed revision to board policy regarding educational philosophy. The item was pulled from the agenda.
The board voted 7-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Michael Lunceford not present, to approve personnel items as discussed in closed session.
The board voted 8-0, with Lunceford out, to authorize settlement in the matter of Susana Illescas, et al vs. Houston Independent School District, as discussed in closed session.
The board voted 8-0, with Lunceford out, to authorize settlement in the matter of Mark Pasek vs. HISD and the City of Houston.
The board took no action on any other items discussed in closed session.
All other items were approved by a vote of 8-0, with Lunceford not present. All members were present at the meeting. Agenda
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