HOUSTON -- A potential takeover of the troubled North Forest Independent School District by the Houston Independent School district may be a win-win for students, observers said on Wednesday.

It's no secret that they've been in financial distress, management distress and the education for kids has suffered as a result, said former Harris County Tax Assessor-CollectorPaul Bettencourt.

On Tuesday, the Texas Education Agency said it would shut down NFISD next summer, after it said it would rate the district academically unacceptable for a third consecutive year.

They need a stable administrative structure that they can work in to teach the kids in that district, and HISD will give them that, Bettencourt said.

HISD appeared to be on track to take on NFISD's 7,600 students and Bettencourt said that would open the door to more state resources.

HISD can take those students in, he said. There should be better education for the kids as a result.

We know it s going to be a challenge, said HISD Board President Paula Harris. We believe there should be an effective teacher in every classroom, and an effective leader in every school. We look forward to working with [the TEA] to ensure that HISD receives adequate financial resources to tackle this unique challenge.

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