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Protest today over proposal to close 5 HISD schools ends at superintendent Terry Grier's home

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Fifth Ward fighting to save school from closing Parents protest closure of five HISD schools

Another protest took place Sunday in response to HISD's plan to possibly close five schools.

From their neighborhood to the home of the HISD superintendent, parents marched.

"Save our schools. Terry Grier has got to go," the crowds chanted.

The group spread their message across Houston Sunday afternoon.

"We're out here to tell Terry Grier we're not going to take this anymore," said parent Kathy Blueford-Daniels. "You're not going to close any more of our schools. Just on the northeast side in district 2, he's closing seven schools in 5 years."

The group opposes the district's current proposal to close five campuses at the end of the school year. The district says the proposal was put into place to address changing demographics and fluctuating enrollment.

Jones High School, Fleming Middle School and Dodson, Henderson and Port Houston elementary schools would shut the doors if the proposal passes. Those in the march Sunday say the schools make up the fabric of the community and in some cases, if the school closes, the kids won't go back.

"We all know how important a school in the community is so when you have school closures at a sudden rate, what is happening is, you are setting them up to go to prison," said parent Stephen Manley.

Community meetings are scheduled this week. HISD school board trustees will vote on whether or not to close the schools on March 13.

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