Press Release

Houston Federation of Teachers on School Board Elections

For Release: 

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)
Zeph Capo

Statement of HFT President Zeph Capo on the election of Elizabeth Santos in District I and Sergio Lira in District III, as trustees for the Houston Independent School District:

“The Houston Federation of Teachers is proud to congratulate Elizabeth Santos and Sergio Lira on their election wins. Houston families and voters sent a clear message on Nov. 7 and tonight that they value the voices of frontline educators and will stand with candidates who embrace community-driven solutions to the challenges that face our schools. Houston families want more investment in community schools that bring social, medical and housing services right to families affected by Hurricane Harvey, rather than more testing and state control. We believe that HISD schools should be safe, welcoming places for all students no matter what district they live in. HFT stands ready to work with Superintendent Richard Carranza, the HISD trustees, community partners and Houston families to strengthen our schools moving forward.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.