Latest updates from the campaign:
ELIZABETH SANTOS WINS THE MOST VOTES ON ELECTION DAY!
On Tuesday, November 7th, 3,985 voters supported Elizabeth Santos for HISD Trustee District 1. That amounted to 45% and almost 1,000 votes more than the next candidate!
As the top vote-getter on Tuesday night, Santos now heads into a runoff with one opponent. The runoff election will be held on December 9th and your vote matters more than ever!
Friday, October 27, 2017 10:04 AM
Communications Workers of America endorse Santos
We are excited to announce our latest endorsement by the Communications Workers of America! Early Voting is underway so make sure to cast your vote for Elizabeth Santos HISD 1!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 10:18 PM
Elizabeth Santos receives endorsement of Texas Organizing Project
We are excited to announce our latest endorsement by Texas Organizing Project (TOP). We are truly humbled by all of your support. Early Voting is happening now! Let your voices be heard and cast your vote today!
Monday, October 23, 2017 12:00 AM
Early voting is underway! Here is a map of the most convenient places in District 1 to cast your ballot during the two weeks of early voting!
October 23-27 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
October 28 7:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
October 29 1:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M.
October 30-November 3 7:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:22 PM
Elizabeth Santos receives endorsement of the Harris County Tejano Democrats
Upon hearing of the news of the endorsement of the Harris County Tejano Democrats, Santos said "The Harris County Tejano Democrats have been tremendously supportive of our mission to grow and deepen youth civic engagement in our community. We are thrilled to announce their official endorsement of our campaign!"
Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:12 PM
Lindale Little League Endorses Elizabeth Santos
The Lindale Little League has endorsed Elizabeth Santos for HISD Trustee, District 1. Thank you for your support of our campaign!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:59 PM
U.S. could lose an estimate 20,000 teachers, many bilingual, as DACA is phased out
The ability to hire and retain great educators is essential to the success of our public schools. When we support our Dreamer brothers and sisters we support our schools, our children, our future. When we abandon them, we abandon ourselves.
Read more about this issue here.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:00 AM
Federal Lawsuit Settled Between Houston's Teacher Union and HISD
I am thrilled to see federal courts recognizing what we in the teaching profession have known for years: high stakes standardized tests are damaging to our schools and to our students. Thank you to the brave teachers who stood up and fought to bring an end to this practice.
Read more here.
Friday, October 6, 2017 12:00 AM
Elizabeth gives interview to KPFT
Elizabeth was interviewed by Harrison Kumi on 90.1 FM KPFT. Watch a recording of their interview here.
Thursday, October 5, 2017 11:26 PM
State Senator Sylvia Garcia endorses Elizabeth Santos
State Senator Sylvia Garcia has endorsed Elizabeth Santos for HISD Board of Education, District I. Senator Garcia stated "Proud to support a leader giving back to the school district that educated her. A product of HISD, Ms. Elizabeth Santos for HISD Trustee Dist 1!"
In response to this news, Santos shared "We are so excited to work with Senator Sylvia Garcia to secure the promise of a strong public education system for future generations. It means a lot to be endorsed by someone so dedicated to fighting for the rights of the most vulnerable in our society."
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 3:00 PM
Santos earns endorsement of Houston Stonewall Young Democrats
Santos said, "Political leaders should always be working to build avenues for the next generation to take over where they leave off. That's why we have made young people the driving force behind our campaign. It is an honor to have the endorsement of the Houston Stonewall Young Democrats."
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:00 AM
"Despite making up more roughly 44 percent of the city’s population, only 29 percent of district-based city council elections included at least one Hispanic candidate, according to the report."
Running for office is really hard, especially when you're a full time teacher. But it's also really important. We need to build a generation of civic engagement, but we can't do that unless we put ourselves out there. We want our Latino/a community to vote, but our leaders aren't running. Our campaign decided to put our boots on the ground, and I'm so proud of everyone who has been a part of it.
Monday, October 2, 2017 12:00 AM
Elizabeth Santos receives endorsement of the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation
"HISD is one of the largest employers in Houston. We have a responsibility to treat everybody who works with us with dignity and to pay a living wage. Thank you, Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, for the endorsement."
Monday, October 2, 2017 12:00 AM
2018-2019 FAFSA now available
Attention students! 2018-2019 FAFSA is now available! Do not wait until the last minute to fill this out!
Monday, October 2, 2017 12:00 AM
Anti-immigrant policies are anti-education policies. We cannot fight one and neglect the other. Our public education system faces many challenges, and we have made progress in many areas. We must continue to progress and make good on the promise of the American dream as it is realized through education.
"The decline in the high school dropout rate is worth celebrating, but Wise said that progress could be threatened by the current political climate around immigration and DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That policy, begun under President Barack Obama, has protected many immigrant students from deportation. President Donald Trump has said he intends to dismantle it."
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:00 AM
Houston Federation of Teachers endorses Elizabeth Santos
I am proud to be a member of the Houston Federation of Teachers, and I am honored that they have endorsed me to serve on the HISD Board of Trustees.
Sunday, September 24, 2017 3:49 PM
Houston GLBT Caucus endorses Elizabeth Santos
Thank you, Houston GLBT Political Caucus, for your endorsement and your confidence in our community driven campaign. We look forward to serving all of the diverse communities in District 1!
Monday, September 18, 2017 12:00 AM
"Lawmakers this year proposed no fewer than two dozen bills aimed at restricting the rights of LGBT Texans."
The HISD Board of Trustees must be a bulwark against bigotry to protect our most vulnerable students. If elected, I will ensure that the district uses any means at its disposal to fight legislation that threatens to restrict the rights of our LGBT students or staff.
Saturday, September 16, 2017 12:00 AM
Texas law requires high schools to register students to vote, but many schools don't actually comply. This is why we need educators making education policy. We know that schools need support, not just mandates.
When elected HISD Trustee for District 1, I will make it a priority to support our high school voter registration efforts. We can only achieve an equitable future by enfranchising our young people as early as possible.
Friday, September 15, 2017 12:00 AM
This is good news. Recapture payments send your property tax dollars to the state with no guarantee they will be spent on education. Keeping those dollars here will help us recover and rebuild. We still need a long term solution from the Texas legislature for our broken and underfunded school finance system.
Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:00 AM
HISD is in search for voluteers for this program. If you are interested in making an impact, sign up!
"Read to a child. It’s one of the most important things you can do to positively impact a child's future. Yet for hundreds of HISD first- and second-graders, there is no one to read to them and no one to listen to them read. There is no one to reinforce what they are learning in the classroom."
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 12:00 AM
"A proposed bill in the Texas House would reimburse some teachers for purchases made using personal money for classroom expenses. House Bill 54 would pay eligible teachers up to $600 back for classroom supplies and other school-related purchases...'These costs are real,' said Garza. 'It affects us every day, and this is something that would definitely help us as educators. Just make sure that we can make those costs, that we are able to really ensure that we can help our students, and not just help our students, but thrive as ourselves as educators.'"
Monday, July 17, 2017 6:24 PM
"More teachers taking on summer jobs to get by: About half of Texas educators supplement their incomes with summer employment"
Elizabeth weighs in on the financial hardship facing many HISD teachers and educators around the state.
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:00 AM
"Construction is underway at Northside High School, where crews already have begun to demolish the old front entrance and gut and renovate the second floor library space.
By the end of the summer, work on the library — a portion of which will be transformed into new classrooms — as well as work on restrooms, common areas, and utilities throughout the building, will be complete, and new temporary buildings will be fully installed.
The new classrooms in the library space and in the portable buildings will be used to accommodate students while crews renovate the third floor and construct two new additions. The first floor will be the final area to be renovated, with the $66.4 million multi-phase project expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2018."
Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:00 AM
"Northside High School welcomed parents, students, teachers, and neighbors to its third community meeting on Wednesday to discuss the plan and timeline for construction and renovation work underway on its campus.
During the meeting, Northside Principal Julissa Alcantar-Martinez unveiled a new traffic plan developed to keep students and staff safe throughout construction. The plan calls for the rear parking lot to be closed, with both parking and the main school entrance relocated to the west side of the campus."