HOUSTON TEACHERS UNITED
It is revealed for the first time (via Houston Chronicle) that HISD Audit shows there's actually a $300M Surplus (Not $70M Deficit as previously announced by HISD's Superintendent on Houston Local News a month prior). -- HTU reaches out to Local Media & HISD calling for Competitive Salaries & $10K RETENTION Stipends 'up-front' (via ESSER & Gen Funds Surplus) for *All* HISD Teachers who already worked through prior 2-years of COVID.
After HISD Budget Meeting declaring a highly upsetting new budget framework involving a high degree of centralization. HTU reaches out to 400+ HISD Teachers with email addresses of ALL the Board Trustees proposing they supply All their students with the Email Addresses so the Parents may write-in concerns *before* next Board Meeting. HISD/Board of Trustees respond at March 31st Board Meeting with a NEW Budget Structure that's essentially a total 180/Reversal that makes the Local News.
Immediately after HISD Superintendent announces Hiring Freeze -&- FREEZE on Campus Funds (claiming $70M shortfall), HTU calls on Teachers to participate in a SickOut. The following morning (March 4th) sees massive surge in Teacher Absence Call-Ins exceeding what Subs/Associates can fill. The HISD School Day starts with 413 Unfilled Teacher Absences.
HOUSTON TEACHERS UNITED - "Solidarity, Education, Innovation"