Teachers union agrees with court scrutiny halting removal of Houston ISD board members, calls for focus on keeping the community safe during the pandemic

December 30, 2020

Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343, rdamico@texasaft.org

The Houston Federation of Teachers (HFT), a union that represents school employees in Houston ISD, and its state affiliate, commented today on an opinion from the Texas Third District Court of appeals that halted the Texas Education Agency’s removal of the district’s School Board members.  

“We are pleased the justices believe this type of public policy must be reviewed and scrutinized considering the high stakes of removing locally-elected School Board members,” said Zeph Capo, Texas American Federation of Teacher president. “Such grave decisions shouldn’t be made lightly and need to be considered from every possible angle to make sure the process is justified and fair.”

HFT President Jackie Anderson added: “We are in the midst of the greatest health pandemic in 100 years.  Keeping staff and students safe should be our one priority at this time. Abbott, Morath, and the Houston ISD School Board should continue this game of thrones later. Right now, all parties need to focus on controlling this virus and getting vaccines to our educators.”  

Texas American Federation of Teachers represents some 65,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.