HISD Accused of Spurning HCC in Favor of Lone Star College

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State Senator Mario Gallegos has a new beef with the Houston school district -- he says HISD is stiffing Houston Community College in favor of Lone Star College.

Gallegos wrote to HISD superintendent Terry Grier saying the district's "been extraordinarily indifferent in continuing a strong partnership" with HCC. He accuses Grier of "blatantly misrepresent[ing]" to the HISD board that only Lone Star is able to or interested in partnering with the district on proposed new academies where students can earn college credit.

"I have spoken to HCC's Chancellor and several of its Board members, and they have told me that they were never approached by HISD regarding your purported 'new program' which has in fact been in existence for years through our partnership with HCC," he wrote.

HISD spokesman Jason Spencer says the district did have talks with HCC.

"HISD has been in communication with HCC regarding the school district's plans to offer more challenging courses, including the creation of five-year programs that offer students a chance to earn associate's degrees in particular fields, such as medical technology, in high school," he tells Hair Balls. "HISD has also discussed this possibility with the Lone Star Community College System."

Grier mentioned the partnership with Lone Star in his recent State of the Schools speech.

The HCC board hasn't been the smoothest-functioning entity on the local scene, and some members have complained about chancellor Mary Spangler's communication skills, for what it's worth.

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