Parents protest proposed school closings at HISD board meeting

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HOUSTON, TX – No parent wants to hear their child’s school may be shut down – permanently. But that’s the situation a lot of Houston-area parents are facing.

HISD is considering closing five schools: Dodson, Nathaniel Q. Henderson, and Port Houston elementary schools, Fleming Middle School, and Jones High School.

A number of parents attended HISD’s latest school board meeting to air their grievances.

“Our school is the heart of the community,” parent Faviola Chavez says. “We cannot afford to have it closed down.”

HISD says the closures will allow resources to be better distributed to all the remaining schools.

But not all of the trustees are on board with this plan.

District Two trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones says “the atrocity of closing schools has got to stop,” and suggests the closures could lead to “economic decline” and “increased crime.”

As the debate continues, there’s still time for community members to voice their opinions before a final decision is made. And you can bet Houston parents won’t be going down without a fight.