HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The Houston Independent School District Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a $5.7 million proposal to add 4,110 laptops at 115 schools Thursday evening. The measure is part of a larger effort for the district to provide additional assistance in reading instruction.
Earlier this year, HISD purchased 5,000 laptops for the district in a measure of providing additional online intervention to more than 80,000 students who were struggling with reading.
HISD’s Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier sees reading as a fundamental necessity for students and sees online tutorials as beneficial: “These online reading interventions are necessary to better meet the learning needs of our students,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. “Based on feedback from principals and student performance reports, we’ve determined we need more laptops to increase students’ access to adequate supplemental reading sources to ensure they are reading on grade level,” Grier said in a statement.
Thursday’s meeting begins at 5 p.m. and will take place in the board auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, located at 4400 West 18th Street.