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Texas Education Agency closes North Forest Independent School District

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Even after giving North Forest Independent School District another year to make improvements, the Texas Education Agency decided enough is enough. Come July 1, the district will be annexed by Houston ISD.

North Forest ISD attorney Chris Tritico calls the TEA decision unfortunate, unjust and intellectually dishonest.

"For him to claim I gave you a year and didn't do it is intellectually dishonest it didn't happen we didn't get a year and that's the two points he closed us on," said Tritico. "We proved at the hearing that we didn't get a year to improve on."

Tritico accuses the TEA of constantly changing the standards.

"How do I ever meet that," said Tritico. "We can move the goal line every time I get to it."

"We really truly believed that the charter school proposal set up by the philo organization was the best proposal for the children," said Sue Davis, spokeswoman for North Forest ISD.

But in its decision the TEA says the philo plan which combines public schools with charter schools has no track record of proven results.

" We fell two people short of the threshold of a 75 percent graduation rate," said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Lee calls this a civil rights fight since other school districts shuttered in the past by the TEA were also primarily African American.

"I'm prepared to raise this as a civil rights issue," said Jackson Lee.

Tritico plans to file appeals this week while Jackson Lee considers a federal lawsuit.

Meanwhile, HISD is gearing up for an additional 7,000 students.

"We know we're going to have to engage the community," said Orlando Raddick, with HISD "That engagement is about listening and hearing what are the concerns and feelings of both students and parents coming out of North Forest."

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