Hello Kolter Family,
It has become increasingly apparent that HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier will not listen even to his own Board of Education. He is determined to cut funding to several HISD Magnet Schools which will devastate those schools. In light of this we are asking all parents, neighbors, family and friends to contact your local and state elected officials, including council members, state representatives and state senators and urge them to directly contact Dr. Grier and ask him to stop the proposed cuts. It is our belief Dr. Grier will only listen to elected officials prompted by their constituents.
Below (at bottom of this post) is a draft email you may use to contact any and all officials you personally know or who serve you (and need your vote). NOW (this weekend) is the time to talk to your trustees, to the press, to your city council members…to anyone who may be in a position to affect change. We need Grier’s email to be flooded with messages from elected officials ASAP as critical meetings will be held Monday and Thursday.
Find your state rep here:
List of State Committee on Education, headed by Senator Dan Patrick (Harris a County)
Search here to find your reps by address/zip (when link opens scroll to bottom):
Search here to find your Houston City Council Member:
TIP: If clicking their name doesn’t lead you to find their email, you should be able to Google them to find websites for your reps which should have their email. Sometimes typing in their name plus the word ‘email’ will usually find it.
Please continue to express to our community (not only school families, but our greater Houston community) that this threat to our funding is very real and very serious. If at all possible, please show up at these two meetings and show your support for your school! We need to show them our strength with our numbers! While it is not necessary that you speak at the meeting, you are certainly invited to give them a piece of your mind! Should you wish to speak before the board, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can be walked through the process.
Monday, June 9th at 3:00pm – Board Meeting Agenda setting meeting
Thursday, June 12th at 5:00pm – Regular Board Meeting (Childcare available at The Zone: see email from room parents for detail)
Location for both meetings: Hattie Mae White HISD Building at 4400 West 18th Street, Houston, Texas 77092.
And now…please write your representatives! THANK YOU for standing up for Kolter!
Be sure to convey to each of your reps, your outrage at the lack of due diligence by Grier and his gross disregard of the impact these cuts would have on our schools, neighborhoods and commerce. Please be sure to send each official the attached list of schools slated for funding cuts as well as the attached letter they can use to draft a memo to Dr. Grier.
–DRAFT EMAIL BODY FOR YOU TO SEND TO YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL(S) FOLLOWS–
Dear NAME OF OFFICIAL,
I wanted to make you aware of an issue coming before the Houston ISD Board of Trustees next week that I am extremely concerned about. HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier has decided that he does not want specialty “Magnet” Schools funded at the same levels as previous years. Incredibly, there has been no investigation or systematic planning with regards to the proposed cuts. The school programs being cut have had no review or critique; they have just re-allocated funding to projects of Dr. Grier’s choosing. I have attached a list of the schools being cut and they are some of the top schools in our area.
Also attached is a draft letter for your use if you would like to send a letter to Houston ISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier. Any help you can provide to stop these budget cuts would be greatly appreciated!
Had the district done their due diligence and provided valid documentation as to why these programs or dollars should be reallocated then we would not have a problem. However, these cuts will be devastating to many of the schools (home values, and communities) and irreparable harm will be done if this is allowed to continue. Education is a key factor in businesses moving to Houston.
Thank you and I am available on my cell.
–END OF DRAFT EMAIL BODY–
HERE IS THE FIRST ATTACHMENT YOU WILL NEED FOR THE EMAIL MESSAGE.
HERE IS THE SECOND ATTACHMENT YOU WILL NEED FOR THE EMAIL MESSAGE.