HISD board president talks about obstacles hurting our children
Juliet Stipeche had rose-tinted glasses perched on her nose when she was elected to the Houston Independent School District’s Board of Trustees four years ago. Those glasses lost their hue quickly, though.
“I went in thinking I was going to make good schools even better, that every child had an opportunity to succeed. I still believe that,” said Stipeche, who was first elected to represent District 8 in 2010 to fill Diana Davila’s unexpired term. “But, I also know there are great obstacles in place that hurt our children that we, as a community, have to work through.”
Those problems, she said, revolve around poverty and illiteracy in a city that has changed and continues to change demographically.
Houston has become the most diverse city in the world, one facing increasing economic inequality thaat creates challenges the seventh-largest district in the United States has to combat.
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