The pressure on Mike Miles to resign is growing

Houston ISD Superintendent Mike Miles was already feeling the heat from teachers, school staff and community members over a host of issues in the state’s largest public school district. And that was before a very damaging report emerged showing that the top education official was allegedly funneling taxpayer money to charter schools in Colorado.

Spectrum News broke the news that Miles, who was named HISD superintendent by the Texas Education Agency last year, distributed millions of dollars to a private Colorado school company he founded. After being named HISD superintendent, Miles remained an advisor to the charter school network Third Future Schools, which he helped build after leaving as Dallas Superintendent in 2015.

According to Spectrum, three of those schools in Colorado were experiencing declining enrollment and major financial problems. One was forced to foreclose last summer with a five million bond debt. Third Future also expanded to Texas in 2020. Spectrum then revealed two checks, totaling more than a million, that had been forwarded from a school in Odessa to a Third Future school in Aurora, Colorado. After Miles asked for comment, the HISD superintendent referred Spectrum to Third Future’s executive director, who did not respond.

In the wake of such a damaging report, calls are growing for Miles to resign. Houston Federation of Teachers President Jackie Anderson demanded to resign. “Just days after we learned that Mike Miles is firing hundreds of custodians and librarians and removing popular principals from our schools, we now learn that he is treating our public school system like his own personal piggy bank,” Anderson said in a statement. Chron.

Ruth Kravetz, a former HISD chemistry teacher and co-founder of the Community for Voices of Public Education, has also added to the growing list of Miles’ harshest critics. “The results of this survey should serve as a wake-up call to parents, students and teachers who are not already outraged by Greg Abbott’s takeover of our school system,” she said in a statement.

Miles’ tenure as HISD superintendent has been turbulent over the past year. Miles has cut a large number of positions for the upcoming school year. Less than a week ago, the Houston Federation of Teachers returned a vote of no confidence against Miles. There were also several protests outside elementary and middle schools over the removal of school officials (including principals and administrators).

As of Tuesday afternoon, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, who appointed Miles, had not commented.