Houston ISD's salary increases were part of a five-year strategic plan House released in February, and future increases are anticipated to keep the district competitive, which will necessitate a new approach to budgeting, district officials said. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Aug. 12 episode of the Houston Breakdown focuses on education as students head back to school. Community Impact senior editor Shawn Arrajj discusses Houston ISD's bid to attract more teachers by raising salaries while also dealing with a major budget deficit. Plus, reporter Mikah Boyd brings the perspective of Cy-Fair ISD, where discipline infractions are up 224% as students readjust to in-person schooling after the pandemic.
Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, the Austin Breakdown, the Houston Breakdown and the DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. You can follow her on Twitter @ojaldridge.