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Historic bond decision has potential to change Houston’s future

2012 August 10
by HISD Communications

This week, HISD’s Board of Education took a bold step toward modernizing outdated schools across our city. Trustees voted to place a bond proposition on the November general election ballot. It’s an historic decision that has the potential to change Houston’s future for generations to come. HISD’s 2012 bond would rebuild or renovate 38 schools, including the district’s high schools in greatest need of repair and modernization. It also would fund millions of dollars worth of improvements that would benefit every child in the district.

This bond proposal is an important extension of the work that we are doing to provide safe schools and a rigorous education for every child. We’ve made great strides in placing effective teachers and principals in all our schools. They are making a tremendous impact on student learning, but if that’s all students needed to be successful, we could hold classes under an oak tree. That simply won’t work, not today, not when our students must compete against their peers from the suburbs and students from around the world. We need buildings designed to promote 21st century learning. High schools built 50, 60, and 70 years ago simply do not meet the needs of today’s children.

Over the next three months, we will be coming to your neighborhood to share more information about the $1.89 billion bond proposal. I hope you will consider joining us at a community meeting. You can also learn more about the measure on this website. Thank you for your interest in the proposal, and please remember to vote on November 6.

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