In the next week, Houston Independent School District trustees will be making one of the most difficult decisions a school board is faced with - closing neighborhood schools. The impact of this decision cannot be overstated. To many, the phrase, "when a school closes, a neighborhood dies," is simply axiomatic.
As a new trustee to the board and a former Houston city council member, I think it's important to make any decision with a clear review of the facts driving closure, and equally important, a review of policies that may have unintentionally contributed to the closures.
What is needed is a new set of policies that address the underlying pathology behind school closure. If we do not do this, we will find ourselves having this same discussion year after year.