MEDIA ADVISORY FOR Monday, August 20th?2012
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Hundreds of Community Members Join Together to Host Forum on HISD Bonds Calling For Transparency from Board of Trustees
HOUSTON- On?August 20th?at?6pm?dozens of local groups will host community forum on the HISD Board of Trustees approving $1.8 billion bond. The community groups are outraged at the lack of transparency in how funds will be allocated to underserved areas. The group plans to address the invited Board of Trustees with a slew of questions pertaining to the bond?s contractors, local hiring, and renovations of dilapidated schools. Many are concerned that similar issues will happen akin to the?2007 HISD Bond.
Last week many community groups representing Good Jobs Great Houston, Texas Organizing Project (TOP) and underserved areas like Acres Homes and Kashmere Gardens addressed the Board of Trustees at the HISD School Board Meeting asking specific questions about the then proposed bond. The community group left the meeting with many unanswered questions, which prompted the community forum. Trustees from District 7 and 2 have agreed to attend the forum including local politicians like Rep. Alma Allen.
When: August 20th
Where: SHAPE Community Center 3903 Almeda Road