School board tables discussion of Dodson Elementary

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HOUSTON, TX – The fight continues to keep schools from closing in the Houston Independent School District. This time, Dodson Elementary.

Four weeks ago the school board voted 5 to 4 to shut the school down; part of Superintendent Terry Grier’s proposal to close five small schools in the
district.

From the beginning, the decision hasn’t gone over well with parents and community activists. They’ve brought the heat, protesting at several school board meetings and they continue to do it because it’s worked.

Three of the five school on the list were removed from the closure list, leaving Jones High School and Dodson Elementary on the chopping blocks.

Then, a decision to turn Jones High School into a specialty career-focused school without athletics.

Still, the lingering hostility over Dodson’s fate has continued. It spilled into the school board meeting, except this time there was no discussion. The board voted 5-4 to table the discussion indefinitely.

Not the news they were hoping for.

The community still fought for what they believed in and for that, we say “way to go”.

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