Hispanics Warn HISD Board Not To Fire Saavedra

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Hispanic leaders have gone public -- very public -- with a pre-emptive move against the HISD board.

Convinced the board is trying to dump superintendent Abe Saavedra instead of renew his contract, they held a press conference at HISD headquarters before a special board meeting today.

"We are calling publicly for the board to stop right now and do the right thing," said Laura Murillo, president of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

About 30 other supporters, including State Sen. Mario Gallegos, attended.

Saavedra's contract automatically renews on October 1, although the contract itself is apparently written murkily enough that there's been debate about what exactly various provisions mean.

The board has a 4 p.m. special meeting today; included on the agenda is the generic item that allows them to discuss Saavedra's job performance in closed session.

-- Craig Malisow

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