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Carnegie Parents Can Breathe A Sigh Of Relief -- For Now

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Houston Press editor Margaret Downing wrote this week about the  continuing turmoil in HISD over plans to consolidate schools, including the high-profile proposal to merge brainiac magnet Carnegie Vanguard with low-income Worthing High.

Carnegie parents have been up in arms ever since superintendent Abe Saavedra floated the idea a few weeks ago; Worthing parents haven't been too pleased with how they see their school being denigrated in the process.

All the shouting and hurt feelings have had one result -- Saavedra announced today the plan is "on hold."

The Houston Chronicle's Ericka Mellon reports that Saavedra told board members at a workshop that the plan doesn't have the votes to pass.

More ominously, he said he has a different plan but doesn't want to talk about it right now.

We're assuming it doesn't include merging the High School For the Performing & Visual Arts with the CEP campus for disruptive students.

-- Richard Connelly

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