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Abbott's administration declared takeover that could affect nearly 200,000 students of Houston school district


Governor Abbott announced a takeover by his administration that has the potential to affect roughly 200,000 kids in the Houston school district.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott.Photo byTexans for Governor Abbott / Flickr

The Houston school district could be affected by around 200,000 students as a result of a takeover that was announced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on behalf of his government.

Following allegations of improper behavior by school trustees in Houston Independent School District in 2019, the state began making moves toward a takeover of the Houston Independent School District by the state.

This was also followed by the inappropriate influence of vendor contracts and chronically low academic scores at one of its approximately 50 high schools.

The statement, which the education commissioner made for Republican Governor Greg Abbott, amounts to one of the greatest school takeovers that have ever taken place in the United States.


The district filed a lawsuit to stop the takeover, but new education laws were later approved by the Republican-controlled state Legislature, according to a report.

However, in January, the Texas Supreme Court issued a verdict that paved the way for the state to seize control of the district.

In Houston, in contrast to cities such as New York and Chicago, the mayor does not have any influence over the public schools, in other words, Governor Abbott's team has the final word.


Officials from the district argue that the state needs to pay more attention to the academic progress that has been accomplished in municipal schools.

In addition, the takeover widens a gap fraught with high stakes between the state's largest city and state GOP officials, who have been seeking more authority in the wake of election missteps and epidemic limitations.

This gap was already fraught with high stakes before the takeover, but it has been widened even further due to the takeover.

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