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Texas State Education Commissioner Moves to Take Over Houston Independent School District, Replace Entire Elected School Board

The state’s education commissioner has notified the Houston Independent School District he’s moving to strip the nine-member board of its elected powers, a move that was widely expected but still marks an unprecedented takeover of the state’s largest school district.

First, he cited the special investigation into board misconduct that found multiple board members violated state rules and intervened in vendor contracts.

He also pointed to the chronic failing grades at Wheatley High School — which had received seven failing grades in a row  — and the ongoing, long-term oversight from a state conservator as further evidence for the tough sanction.