It took two hurricanes, but the annual meeting of the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Association of School Administrators, slated to start Friday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, has been postponed until later this fall, reports the Houston Chronicle. Here is TASB‘s statement.
More than 10,000 participants had planned to discuss, among other topics, how to cope with the sudden influx of Louisiana students who fled Hurricane Katrina. The conference was almost canceled when the venue was used for housing displaced Gulf Coast residents.
Hundreds of Texas schools that opened their doors to Hurricane Katrina evacuees in the past month have decided to close their campuses for the remainder of the week to give Gulf Coast families time to evacuate as Hurricane Rita approaches, reports the Chronicle:
“More than a dozen districts south of Houston, including Galveston and Pasadena, opted to close until at least Monday. They’re copying student records, boarding up windows and relocating buses in preparation.”
And in Alabama, evacuees are still enrolling in that state’s schools, and are having a “significant impact.”