Texas Supreme Court upholds injunction in Houston ISD takeover

The Houston ISD board of trustees was handed a victory March 19 in the Texas Supreme Court over a potential state-mandated overhaul, but the legal fight is not over. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
The Houston ISD board of trustees was handed a victory March 19 in the Texas Supreme Court over a potential state-mandated overhaul, but the legal fight is not over. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

The Houston ISD board of trustees was handed a victory March 19 in the Texas Supreme Court over a potential state-mandated overhaul, but the legal fight is not over. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

In a technical ruling over whether state law allows courts to intervene in some executive enforcement actions, the Texas Supreme Court allowed an injunction blocking the Texas Education Agency from implementing a takeover of Houston ISD to remain in place.

The 8-1 ruling on March 19 bars the TEA from moving forward with replacing the board of trustees with appointed managers for now, but the court battle is not over.


In another pending state Supreme Court case, judges will consider other merits of the enforcement itself, which are being challenged by HISD. A ruling in that case could ultimately determine what happens to the district's board of trustees.

In December's ruling on that case, the appeals court said that HISD "has a probable right to the relief sought because Appellants’ proposed actions are not authorized by the Education Code."

The TEA's action to remove the board of trustees was originally ordered in November 2019.
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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