Good for these parents and these students! I know that I have gone to all great schools, much better than a lot of them in Texas. You should be able to get a great education even if you are poor, and I hope these families win their lawsuit.
By ERICKA MELLON Houston Chronicle
A group of students and parents have filed a federal lawsuit against
the Houston school district, alleging persistent discrimination against
poor and minority children and asking a judge to stop the sale of bonds
for new school construction.
The parents, joined by several black politicians and ministers who
opposed the school district’s November bond election, announced this
morning that they filed the lawsuit late Friday.
“As a parent, I believe Dr. King once said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a
threat to justice everywhere,'” said Ann Tillis, one of the parents who
filed the lawsuit. “And so today I come to serve notice to HISD that no
longer will my child, or any child in HISD, be treated with such
Houston Independent School District officials said the lawsuit is “without merit.”
“As we would with any legal action, we take this filing seriously,”
the district’s lawyer, Elneita Hutchins-Taylor, said in a written
statement. “However, this lawsuit is without merit and we will move
right away to have it dismissed so that we can get on with the business
of building schools for children.”
Voters narrowly approved HISD’s $805 million bond package last month.