HOUSTON More protests were held Tuesday morning to keep the Houston Independent School District from closing schools.

More than a dozen demonstrators rallied in front of Jesse Jones High in southeast Houston.

I m mad as hell about it, said Travis McGee, who has twin first graders at Dodson Elementary. The elementary school, along with Jones High School, is up for closure.

District leaders blamed declining enrollment for the possible closures, but the activists and parents said they think it s about money.

The more schools they close, the less money they have to be accountable for. Like I said, over the years there s been about 75 schools they have closed, meaning their budget should be a surplus. Not a deficit, he said.

Robert Muhammad, with the Nation of Islam, agreed.

This is organized money that has decided to dismantle public education, he said.

Some of the demonstrators said they ve filed complaints with the United States Justice Department and Office of Civil Rights. They feel Superintendent Terry Grier s proposed closures target minorities.

The HISD school board meets again Wednesday to discuss whether the school will be shut down because of declining enrollment.

Three of the 5 schools proposed for closure or rezoning have already been spared.

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