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HISD superintendent Mike Miles looks toward a group of demonstrators protesting the elimination of some HISD libraries and librarians. The “Read In” protest took place in the middle of the HISD board meeting at Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center Community, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Landing)

America’s biggest education experiment is happening in Houston. Could it change U.S. schools?

The changes in HISD rival some of the most significant shakeups to a public school system ever.

By Asher Lehrer-Small and Danya Pérez, Houston Landing

Demonstrators rally in front of Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center rejecting a possible TEA take over, Friday, March 3, 2023, in Houston. Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Landing
From left, jaelauryn, 8, Jaedis, 13, and Jaeson brown, 4, walk through the front rotunda at Phillis Wheatley High School, Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Houston.
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Mike Miles, HISD superintendent, poses for a portrait at the Houston Landing office after an interview, Wednesday, May 31, 2023, in Houston.

“Back to the future”

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath poses for a portrait at his office in Austin on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
A student works on classwork in the team center during class at Sugar Grove Academy, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, in Houston. (Antranik Tavitian/ Houston Landing)
David Espinoza, at right, looks over his students’ work during an Art of Thinking class at Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center High School, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in Houston.
A teacher helps a students in one of the team centers in the Sugar Grove Academy library during class, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, in Houston.

Wider model?

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Kourtney Revels, at center, the mother of a third-grade student at Houston ISD's Elmore Elementary School, confronts district staff limiting public access to a school board meeting Thursday at HISD headquarters in northwest Houston. (Annie Mulligan for Houston Landing)

Community appetite

Superintendent Mike Miles observes classes at Sugar Grove Academy during a tour, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, in Houston.

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