Articles of Faith and Hope for Public Education is a compilation of the writings Houston has done for Leadership News and many other education-related publications (including Kappan, Education Week and The American School Board Journal) during his tenure as AASA executive director. Houston explains in the introduction that this book is the result of requests from members who appreciate his honest appraisal of public education and find themselves wanting to share his thoughts with others. Included is a preface to each article explaining its significance at the time it was written and its relevance today.