Houston Independent School Decides To Turn Libraries Into Disciplinary Centers

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Houston Independent School district has announced the elimination of librarians and media-specialists as part of the superintendent’s new education initiative to add disciplinary centers.

Mike Miles was appointed by the Texas Education Agency last June since the state decided to take over the district because of its poor academic performance, Miles remarked that he’s proud that many of the district’s leaders are ready to improve the school’s education system.

Miles’ initiative is the “new education system,” whose goal is to provide resources and support to students to improve their academic performance. Their whole goal is to conduct a wide scale overhaul to reduce education gaps and prepare their students for the outside world.

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Turning Libraries Into Disciplinary Centers

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Houston Independent School district has announced the elimination of librarians and media-specialists as part of the superintendent’s new education initiative to add disciplinary centers.

Some of their achievement gaps are divided into “foundational” and “innovative,” they want to be able to reform the education system to improve it for students, teachers, and staff. For students, to expand leadership, quality of instruction, improve reading instructions, and enhance SPED and SEL services.

The city’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, questioned the district’s decision. He understood that students need additional support but felt the measure taken was strange and unnecessary, he commented that the school didn’t consider other students.

Turner urged schools to keep their libraries open while providing student support, to prevent a two-tier system, which is when an employee receives lower pay and benefits compared to their co-workers.

Other city council members showed their opposition claiming that Miles had “gone too far,” Karla Cisneros described it as awful and undermining children’s education – adding these measures countered the educated populace.

Turner remarked that libraries are like portals to the outside world for children, recalling his days as a student. They were supposed to report on what happened on their summer vacation, but because of his family’s financial status, he relied on a library to read a book and used it for his report.

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Sources: The Guardian, Houston Public Media

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