HISD Takes Over North Forest ISD

The Houston school district, which like every district in Texas these days has enough on its plate, got a new problem handed to it today -- the state ordered it to annex the troubled North Forest ISD.

North Forest has struggled for years with poor performance and other problems, and now they're HISD's problems.

The Texas Education Agency floated the idea earlier this year, and after further study the order from TEA commissioner Robert Scott came down today. A conservator will help with the closure of NFISD.

"It will be the role of the conservator to facilitate the annexation process in conjunction with the Houston ISD to ensure a smooth transition and transfer for the district and its students," Scott wrote in his letter addressed to North Forest ISD officials.

"While HISD did not seek this annexation, we stand ready to welcome the entire North Forest community into the HISD family," board president Paula Harris said. "We believe all children have the ability to excel in the classroom. We will hold ourselves accountable for making sure that happens."

HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said, "HISD's first priority will be to improve the level of academic rigor" in North Forest's schools.

"Strong neighborhood schools are the foundation of strong communities," Grier said. "The work that is underway in HISD to place a great teacher in every classroom and an effective principal in every school will benefit the children of North Forest, just as it has in HISD."

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