Houston Magnet School program raises funding questions

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HOUSTON - The decision by Houston school trustees to create 10 new specialty magnet programs without input from outgoing Superintendent Terry Grier has led to funding questions.

The Houston Chronicle reports the state's largest school district faces a projected $100 million budget shortfall. The Houston Independent School District has 215,000 students.

Grier said Friday that trustees, who voted Jan. 14 without specifying funding for the new programs, should have been aware of looming financial problems. His staff plans to provide more details during a board workshop Thursday.

HISD would have 119 magnet programs with the additions.

The Chronicle reports the gap stems from a change in the state's funding formula that would designate HISD as property-wealthy and require it to share money with poorer districts.

Grier is leaving HISD on March 1.