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HISD Decides Not To Decide About CEP

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HISD faced a

tough decision

on whether to renew its $18 million annual contract with Community Education Partners, the outfit some critics have accused of warehousing troubled students instead of helping them.

The school district had a deadline of August 15 to notify CEP whether they planned to renew the contract. Or to drop it, like the Dallas and Pasadena districts have.

So what did HISD do? They punted.

"The deadline for the decision on the contract was extended to January 15," says HISD spokesman Terry Abbott.

Why?

"The district wants more time to review the matter," Abbott says.

Seems reasonable. CEP's only been working with HISD for more than 10 years.

-- Richard Connelly

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