HISD Takeover: New Houston ISD Director Mike Miles receives a hostile salute at his first board meeting Thursday

Houston, Texas (KTRK) – The Houston Independent School District officially has a new administration in charge.

The first meeting since Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath was named the new superintendent and board of directors for the district has been interrupted several times by protesters.

It’s easy to miss this mess, but the board of directors has agreed to a temporary contract for Mike Miles.

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The HISD Administrator will be paid $1,473 per day in miles and will receive $25,000 for moving expenses.

The contract is supposed to align with former superintendent Millard House II’s $360,000 salary.

The new board has also voted to suspend public meeting requirements for the time being, angering those protesting for transparency.

And to add to the spectacle, the meeting was attended by at least two former HISD secretaries who had been stripped of their powers.

Elizabeth Santos was at the meeting as a demonstrator while the opponent she defeated in a recent board election sat on the platform, which TEA had appointed to serve Houston.

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“We’ve worked so hard to stand up for teachers and our students, and that’s how democracy ends,” Santos said.

Parents and teachers from the Dallas Independent School District were in the crowd of about 200 people.

Miles was a supervisor in Dallas, the second-largest borough in the state, from 2012 until he resigned in 2015 after a contract dispute.

“Achievement hasn’t gone up. The practices that were put in place, we haven’t seen them as really effective in changing,” said Rena Honea, president of the Dallas ISD Teachers Union. “What we’ve seen over that period is an exodus of our veteran teachers.”

According to TEA data, overall school performance at Dallas ISD decreased slightly during Miles’ time there.

In 2013, the district had a performance rating of 89%.

It increased to 94% in 2014, then fell to 85% in 2015.

“I was disappointed to find out the same things that I assume happened in Dallas will likely happen in Houston,” Honea said. “We are the only district in Texas that has a pay-for-performance plan. History shows in education, that pay-for-performance is not effective.”

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Since arriving in Houston, Miles has already instituted several new policies, targeting traditionally low-performing schools and linking principal and teacher salaries to student performance.

“They have a board of directors that they had no role in selecting or electing or anything,” Honea added. “At least in Dallas, we had an elected board of trustees.”

One of the elected secretaries that Miles worked with in Dallas may be familiar to some.

Mike Morath, TEA Commissioner, was a member of the Board for all three years Miles was on.

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