HISD Board of Education to Consider Revisions to Board Ethics Policies

The Houston ISD Board of Education will consider revisions to the board ethics policies on Thursday, September 13.  At the board’s request, the firm of Whitley Penn, L.L.P. conducted an independent review of existing HISD policies and best practices related to procurement and will present its recommendations to the board during the meeting.

The recommendations are intended to strengthen existing policies by requiring board members to further disclose potential conflicts of interest, and avoid the appearance of conflicts. The proposal also describes potential repercussions for when the policy is violated.  The revised policy would better define the board responsibilities and allowable contacts with vendors or organizations with which HISD is considering entering into a business or contractual relationship. Vendors would also have to provide conflict of interest disclosure statements and may be disbarred from doing business with the district for two years if trustees fail to disclose conflicts of interest.  

 Another item on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting:

 Modifications to the ASPIRE award for teachers and campus-based staff members, including school leaders, for the 2012-2013 school year.   The recommendations include increasing the maximum award amounts for teachers, principals, and assistant principals and increasing rigor in the requirements.   It would also include simplifying and streamlining the language regarding the awards.  The changes would refine the eligibility for receiving an award and would align criteria for the award with the teacher appraisal and development system that is now in its second year.            

 The board’s regular monthly meeting begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2012 in the board auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 West 18th St., 77092).


The board is scheduled to receive status updates on a number of projects and vote on several programs, contracts, and grants. For a full copy of the Board meeting agenda, click here.  The board meeting will be carried live on HISD’s website and on the HISD Channel, which can be found on Comcast Channel 18 or AT&T Channel 99.