Open Thread | Houston School District Firing Librarians and Turning Libraries Into ‘ Disciplinary Centers’

From the moment I read this story, I was enraged.

HISD to eliminate librarians, turn some libraries into discipline centers at 28 campuses

HOUSTON – Houston Independent School District will be eliminating librarian positions at 28 schools this upcoming year and utilizing some of the libraries as ‘Team Centers” where kids with behavioral issues will be sent, the district announced.

This comes as part of the new superintendent Mike Miles reform program, New Education System (NES). Currently, there are a total of 85 schools that have joined Miles’ program, and of those, 28 campuses will lose their librarians. The district said they will have the opportunity to transition to other roles within the district.

The remaining 57 NES schools’ librarians will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, according to the district.

Retired HISD Teacher in Charge of Library, Lisa Robinson, believes the library is full of some of the greatest stories ever told.
“It was such a joy to help them find the perfect book,” said Robinson.

She said those stories are now ripped to shreds.

“My heart is just broken for these children that are in the NES schools that are losing their librarians,” said Robinson.

Librarian positions have been an ongoing debate in HISD. Robinson said the former superintendent, Millard House II, made efforts to keep library staff.

“The mandate for librarians had been put back in place. With one swipe of a pen that has been destroyed,” said Robinson.

“When students engage in reading as an activity of choice, they are not only building that reading muscle, but they are also developing their vocabulary they are understanding a bit about the world that exists outside their block radius,” said Newsum.

Mayor Sylvester Turner believes the move is unacceptable.

“You don’t close libraries in some of the schools in your most underserved communities, and you’re keeping libraries open in other schools,” said Turner.

“Our less fortunate students are the ones that suffer the most; primarily because many of them live in situations that are reading deserts. They don’t have access to the reading materials. They don’t have a choice in the reading materials that they are given to read,” said Newsum.

So, guess what is the demographics of the schools where the libraries will be ‘ transformed’.
Hint – they are not White.

In case you need it spelled out

Now, I want to be clear about this. The people making these decisions ARE NOT THE DULY ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD for this district.

The people making this decision are the GOP stooges that have been put into place AFTER THE GOVERNOR TOOK OVER THE SCHOOL BOARD.

You want stats on the district?

Houston Independent School District contains 276 schools and 196,943 students. The district’s minority enrollment is 90%. Also, 59.4% of students are economically disadvantaged.

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24 Responses to Open Thread | Houston School District Firing Librarians and Turning Libraries Into ‘ Disciplinary Centers’

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