Last week, state education officials under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced a state takeover of public schools in Houston, America’s fourth-largest city and Texas’s largest. The national media mostly ignored it, preoccupied with POTUS 45’s potential arrest. Houston’s events should be more significant for two reasons.
The move is outrageous. Houston schools have been improving under state metrics despite poverty, disinvestment, COVID-19, and Hurricane Harvey, which most large urban school districts face. Even the Texas Education Agency’s “failing high school”—which will allow the GOP administration to replace the elected school board and appoint its superintendent—has raised its grade to a “C.”
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No wonder most local leaders in the Gulf Coast metropolis think Abbott’s minions’ move has little to do with what’s best for Houston’s 195,000 public schoolkids—62% Latino and 22% Black—and everything to do with the grown-up politics of punishing a city now run by people of color who vote mostly Democratic and giving Team Abbott a new venue to wage the GOP’s war on “woke education.”
“I think the public has not yet understood how massive the design is in the war against minority culture and especially African Americans and Latinos,“ Bishop James Dixon, a Houston pastor who heads the local NAACP chapter, told U.S. News & World Report. “I don’t think we understand how intricate the playbook is that’s being worked on by these operatives.”
Democracy Now tweeted that Texas State Officials Take Over Houston’s Majority Black and Latinx Public School District. You can take a look below:
Texas State Officials Take Over Houston’s Majority Black and Latinx Public School District https://t.co/atAH8Be6pL
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) March 16, 2023