Teacher turnover is a controversial part of Houston ISD reforms. It’s a feature, not a side effect – Houston Public Media.
Teacher turnover is a controversial part of Houston ISD reforms. It’s a feature, not a side effect – Houston Public Media
Teachers at Cage Elementary and Chrysalis Middle schools in Houston’s east end were called to a mandatory after-school meeting where they were informed about sweeping reforms under the New Education System (NES). The NES model includes tightly scripted lessons, frequent student-engagement strategies, and timed quizzes. Teachers were told to affirm their commitment to the reforms or request a transfer. Parents and community members protested against the reforms, expressing their concerns about the scripted teaching and lack of creativity in the classrooms.
Parents protest – ‘We don’t want this anymore’
Parents and community members protested outside Cage and Chrysalis, voicing their dissatisfaction with the reforms. Students also expressed their frustration, stating that classes have become boring and teachers are restricted in their teaching methods. Despite the protests, the state-appointed leader of Houston ISD emphasized that teaching in a “high-performance culture” is a choice, implying that those who disagree with the reforms should leave. The controversy surrounding teacher turnover in Houston ISD reforms continues to be a contentious issue.
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