Texas takeover of HISD schools really doesn't seem to promise much improvement. IMO, most of the school's success or failure is based on the attitudes toward academics of the student body. It really doesn't seem like a state takeover will lead to much improvement. I did a quick search and didn't find much out there about the relative success or failure of this approach, just a lot of hand wringing about how it is yet another "racist" action. IMO, these are the contributors to a school's success in order of importance 1. The students. Their attitudes towards academics are responsible for the lion's share of academic outcomes 2. Family 3. Community 4. Teachers. They are important but their job is like pushing wet noodles if the kids don't care and the parents aren't providing the right motivation and discipline at home 5. Facilities. I would argue that kids were better educated/smarter 40 years ago when we didn't have technology and all the bells and whistles. A state takeover of a school seems like a "just do something... anything" move.