How to Register to Speak

  • Individuals must register in advance to speak at School Board meetings. Registration opens 72 hours before the meeting start time. The deadline for speaker registration and submission of supporting materials (handouts) is noon the day before the posted meeting. ALL handouts must be emailed to BoardServices@houstonisd.org or delivered to the Board Services office at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 West 18th Street, Houston 77092.

    To comment on a specific agenda item or during the Hearing of the Community, access the relevant meeting agenda at this link at HoustonISD.Legistar.com/Calendar. Find the date of the meeting you wish to attend and click on eComment to register to speak for your selected agenda item(s) or Hearing of the Community.

    Please note, you will need to create an eComment account in order to register to speak.

    For more guidance on completing this process, please see this visual guide linked here (en Español).

    The board will begin hearing from all speakers near the start of the meeting. Speakers with disabilities are asked to email Board Services to specify any accommodations they may need.

    Individuals who wish to register by email may do so by completing this form linked here (en Español) and sending it to BoardServices@houstonisd.org

Addressing the Board at Board Meetings

  • The School Board welcomes members of the community to speak on subjects related to the school district. Community members can address the board in one of two ways:

    • Speakers to Agenda Items - During any board meeting, people may speak about items on the agenda for that meeting.
    • Hearing of the Community - During the regular monthly board meeting, people may speak about a district-related subject not covered by an item on the meeting agenda.


    Seating in the board auditorium is available on a first come, first served basis. Overflow seating may be available, also on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open to the public 30 minutes before a scheduled public meeting.

    • TIME LIMIT: Per board policy BED(LOCAL), speakers are limited to a maximum of two minutes each, regardless of the number of items for which they have registered to speak. If there are more than 30 speakers, time may be limited to one minute each. NOTE: A one- to two-minute time limit for comments is equal to approximately 125–250 words.  
    • Speakers must be present at the time their name is called.
    • Speakers must stay on topic and refrain from naming individuals, especially students, as their identity is protected under law.
    • Verbal and other disruptions by persons during the school board meetings are not acceptable as they inhibit the board’s ability to conduct business and the public’s ability to observe those processes. Persons who participate in such behavior will be given one warning and if the behavior is repeated, they will be asked to leave the meeting.

Interpretation Services

  • Interpretation services shall be provided for all School Board meetings in Spanish. Speakers who need translation in other languages must contact Translations@HoustonISD.org or call 713-556-6380 no later than 48 hours before the meeting, and must provide a written copy of their comments no later than 48 hours before the meeting to provide time for translation. The district will accommodate the request subject to interpreter availability. NOTE: A one- to two-minute time limit for comments is equal to approximately 125–250 words.

    Traducción de comentarios al español – Un mínimo de 48 horas antes de la reunión, el participante que necesite traducción debe contactar con Translations@HoustonISD.org o llamar al 713-556-6380 y enviar sus comentarios escritos de manera que haya suficiente tiempo para traducirlos antes de la reunión. NOTA: El límite de tiempo de 1 a 2 minutos para comentarios equivale a un texto de entre 125 y 250 palabras, aproximadamente.

    需要翻译的发言者必须在会议前 48 小时之内与我们联系并将邮件发送到 translations@houstonISD.org,或致电 713-556-6380 并且必须在会议前 48 小时之内提供其发言的书面副本,以便我们有时间翻译。
    注意:一分钟到二分钟左右的发言大约等同于 125 到 250 字左右。

    Những người dự định phát biểu cần dịch vụ chuyển ngữ phải liên lạc với translations@houstonISD.org hoặc gọi 713-556-6380 không muộn hơn 48 giờ trước khi cuộc họp diễn ra và phải cung cấp một bản sao bằng văn bản nội dung nhận xét của mình không muộn hơn 48 giờ trước khi cuộc họp diễn ra để đủ thời gian chuyển ngữ nội dung.
    LƯU Ý: Thời gian giới hạn từ một đến hai phút để phát biểu tương đương với khoảng 125–250 từ.

    يجب على المتحدثين الراغبين في الحصول على خدمات الترجمة التواصل عبر البريد الإلكتروني translations@houstonISD.org أو الاتصال على الرقم 6380-556-713 في موعد لا يتجاوز 48 ساعة قبل الاجتماع ويجب عليهم تقديم نسخة كتابية من تعليقاتهم في موعد لا يتجاوز 48 ساعة قبل الاجتماع للسماح بوقت كافٍ للترجمة.

    ملاحظة: تعادل المهلة الزمنية لمدة دقيقة أو دقيقتين المخصصة للتعليقات 125 إلى 250 كلمة تقريبًا.