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A special message from Superintendent of Schools Millard House II


Dear HISD Community:

I want to update you on teacher vacancies. While there are currently 386 teacher vacancies, I have developed and am implementing a bold plan to ensure that every student begins the school year with a certified teacher in all core content areas. We are going to accomplish this by doing the following:

  • Working with principals to ensure that campus-based staff that hold teacher certifications are placed in classrooms until a high quality teacher is hired.
  • Deploying about 250 central office staff members with teacher certifications to all campuses that have teacher vacancies that they cannot fill. These employees will also remain in the classroom until a high quality teacher is hired.

We will be deploying these individuals to campuses this Friday so that they can plan and prepare for the first day of school. I don't want any of our students to begin the school year with a permanent substitute or non-educator in a core content area.

In addition to ensuring that every student has access to a certified in-person instructor, we are also launching a virtual academy for students who need to quarantine to ensure they do not miss out on instruction. This academy will cover all core content areas across grades Pre-K through 12 and will be taught by about 80 additional teacher-certified instructors from central office. With these measures, the district will begin the school year more fully staffed with certified teachers than perhaps ever in its history, including pre-COVID.

Now, perhaps more than ever given the detrimental effect that COVID has had on student learning, we need to ensure our students have access to quality instruction. I am confident that this plan will go a long way in helping us accomplish this.


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Millard House II
HISD Superintendent