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HISD Threatens Carnegie Budget to Loss of $390,000

From the CVHS PTO:

Just last week, we learned that Carnegie Vanguard High School was, by yet another national ranking service, listed as the top school in the Greater Houston Area and among the Top 25 schools in the nation. However, all of that is now under threat due to proposed Houston ISD budget cuts. Two weeks ago, the Houston ISD Board of Trustees discussed a proposed 2014-15 budget that would, if enacted, eliminate magnet funding of Vanguard Magnet schools (See page 14 of the April 24th budget and PUA Workshop for details.)

What this means for Carnegie is that the school stands to lose nearly $390,000, equal to up to seven teachers representing nearly 20% of the CVHS teaching staff. The situation is that stark, and Carnegie’s ability to function as an elite school is now at risk. It is not just Carnegie that is being affected, as the proposed budget (and again, we encourage you to click on the link and wade through it to see for yourself) severely cuts Vanguard and small school magnet funding to the tune of $3 million. The proposal would actually eliminate magnet funding of Vanguard Magnet schools. The proposed 2014-15 HISD budget will be presented during the HISD Board meeting Thursday, May 8, at 5 p.m. and, if approved there, may be presented for a vote in the very near future.

There are many things you can do to help, and we are requesting that you do whatever you can to let your voice be heard and prevent this situation from coming to pass. First, if you can, please attend Thursday’s Board meeting at the Hattie Mae White Building, 4400 West 18th Street at 5 p.m.to voice your opposition to funding cuts. You can help us merely by showing up and providing strength in numbers. Or, you can help by speaking out against the cuts proposed in Agenda Item I-3, with the unassuming title: “I-3 Approval Of 2014-2015 Resource Allocation Handbook.” There are two opportunities to speak: First, while the agenda item is open for discussion, and second, during the Hearing of Citizens (HOC) later in the evening.

To speak at either time, you must register online at www.houstonisd.org/Page/32478. The deadline to register to speak for the HOC is today at 4:30 p.m., so sign up now. Citizens who wish to register in person may do so by printing out and completing this form and returning it to the Office of Board Services (4400 West 18th Street, 77092) or fax the completed form to 713-556-6115 no later than today, Wednesday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m. 

We all hail from different areas of town here at Carnegie, part of the diversity that makes us so strong. Another thing you can do to help is e-mail your HISD board member, as well as every other HISD board member and the Superintendent, Terry Grier, expressing your strong disapproval at this proposed budget which could gut Carnegie.

Thank you for helping to support the excellent Vanguard program at CVHS for future classes of students. Hope to see you on Thursday!

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