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MBA Career Insights: Houston ISD HR Staffers Pushed to Work Overtime and Weekends without Pay, Following Recent Layoffs

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MBA Career Insights: Houston ISD HR Staffers Pushed to Work Overtime and Weekends without Pay, Following Recent Layoffs
MBA Career Insights: Houston ISD HR Staffers Pushed to Work Overtime and Weekends without Pay, Following Recent Layoffs

Last Updated on July 31, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes

Houston ISD Struggles to Fill Teacher Vacancies

Houston ISD’s Human Resources department has been hit hard as 82 positions have recently been eliminated, leaving remaining workers to pick up the slack. In an effort to close the teacher vacancies before classes begin in just a month, employees are being asked to work overtime and make themselves available on weekends. The largest public school system in Texas is now scrambling to fill these teacher vacancies.

Superintendent Mike Miles, appointed by the state, is leading the charge to address the teacher shortages. Despite facing criticism for his “New Education System” reforms, Miles is determined to expand his reform system to about 150 schools by 2025-26. His ultimate goal is to implement a district-wide “pay-for-performance model”. However, many have voiced concern over these reforms, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner who is asking for a reconsideration of converting libraries into “team centers”.

While Miles declined to give an exact number of the teacher vacancies, it is clear that there are hundreds throughout the district. In an attempt to alleviate the pressure of these vacancies, employees in the Human Resources department are being asked to work overtime without pay. They have also been instructed to refrain from making any travel plans until September.

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Despite the overtime mandate, Miles firmly denies that it is directly related to the teacher vacancies in the Central Office. However, the urgency to fill these positions is evident as 85 campuses, including Sugar Grove Academy, prepare for major changes in the upcoming school year.

The superintendent remains hopeful that his reforms will lead to positive changes within the district, particularly in regards to reducing student suspensions and other disciplinary measures. To address concerns and gather community input, meetings will be held before classes start next month at various middle schools in Houston ISD.

As the district races against time to fill teacher vacancies, it is clear that the Human Resources department plays a crucial role. With employees being asked to work overtime and the pressure mounting, it remains to be seen if Houston ISD can successfully address the shortage before the new school year begins.

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