The North Forest Independent School District today won a temporary restraining order halting plans to merge the district with the Houston Independent School District.


The TRO granted today mandates a 14-day reprieve in which the Texas Education Agency must halt all activities leading to the merger it ordered.


NFISD filed a petition in state district court in Travis County against Michael Williams, as Commissioner of Education, and Lizzette Gonzales Reynolds, as chief deputy administrator at TEA.  The TRO was ordered this morning by Judge Jon Wisser in Austin.


A hearing on a preliminary injunction will be held June 13.


“There have been illegal actions by the Commissioner and his appointees throughout this process,” said NFISD attorney Chris Tritico.  “The law does not permit the government to manipulate the law to accomplish its own ends.  Today is a major step in ensuring the continuation of the North Forest School District.”