Houston school trustees reject state review as one-sided

Attorneys for the Houston Independent School District have rejected a state review that recommends ousting all trustees as a one-sided investigation lacking credible evidence.

The Houston Chronicle reports an amended lawsuit filed Friday says the Texas Education Agency violated the rights of board members and did not fully investigate allegations of wrongdoing.

The review found some trustees in the state’s largest public school district violated the Texas Open Meetings Act, inappropriately influenced vendor contracts and made false statements to investigators.

Lawyers for HISD, with about 209,000 students and more than 280 schools, denied the allegations. HISD attorney David Campbell says TEA intends to punish the district by replacing elected trustees with an unelected board of managers.

The TEA didn’t immediately file a response to the district lawsuit.