Abe Saavedra

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    HISD's Final Vote Closes Four Schools, Changes Teacher Evaluations

    Bad news for four schools.​ "We're here for Stevenson," said the man standing outside the Hattie Mae White building Thursday night. He and his wife had worked to save the elementary during Superintendent Abe Saavedra's reign, but they weren't feeling so lucky tonight. The hard times the Hous ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    HISD's Magnet Schools: Independent Reviewers Weigh In

    Magnet School reviewers wondered if they were seeing the real thing​Magnet school principals resent unequal resources, are a little unsure of the independently contracted magnet school review process now going on and best practices aren't shared across the Houston ISD, according to a review of ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Hewlett-Packard Pays $16.25 Million To Settle HISD Bribe Case

    Invent new ways to get contracts​Hewlett Packard has agreed to pay a $16.25 million fine to settle a case that involved improprer gift-giving to school-district employees in Houston and Dallas, the Associated Press is reporting. The allegations came in connection with the federal government's ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    HISD Puts Magnets Under the Microscope

    Terry Grier stirs up a hornet's nest​Houston ISD may move to a lottery-only system in applications to any of its 113 magnet school programs. "We're allowing principals to decide who gets in and who doesn't. We accuse some of our charters of skimming. Well frankly, we're doing some of the same thi ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    HISD's E-Rate Report is Out, Some Mysteries Remain

    Tickets, trips, gifts to HISD board members​It's debatable what's more amazing when reading over the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm's report on ethical violations in the so-called E-rate program by Houston ISD employees and their too-tempting IT vendors -- the stuff they can verify or the alleg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Grier Hires An Aggie As His New Communications Chief

    ​Verifying rumors that have been floating around the district for days, the Houston Independent School District just announced that Superintendent Terry Grier is bringing in a Maryland administrator as his new chief communications officer. Aggie Alvez replaces William "Lee" Vela who was hired ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    New HISD Board President Greg Meyers On Data And Messing With People's Kids And Taxes

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Greg Meyers, the new president of the Houston Independent School District, believes that data, unclouded by emotion, will lead the urban district to the next higher level of teacher performance.The day after a draconian day at the office Thursday that began at 10 a.m. wit ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    HISD's Gets On The Rankings Roller Coaster

    ​Oh, HISD. You didn't get to enjoy your "We Got Great Rankings!!" moment for long.Just a week after crowing about their improvement in the state's assessment of schools, the district got slammed by the feds for failing to make the grade in No Child Left Behind rankings.The dispute comes down to st ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    HISD To Announce It's Done Better Than Ever In State Rankings

    ​HISD has broken its record for schools ranked as "exemplary" or "recognized," spokesman Norm Uhl says.Last year 57 percent of its 296 schools achieved that ranking; this year 70 percent of its schools have."This is one for the HISD history books and a highlight for me as I end my career at HISD," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    HISD's Saavedra Leaving In August, Paper Reports

    Photo courtesy HISDIf it turns out to be true -- and since it's the weekend it's tough to tell -- full kudos to the Bellaire Examiner for this scoop -- HISD superintendent Abe Saavedra's last day on the job will be August 31..HISD board member Dianne Johnson told the paper that Saavedra has told the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Saavedra Tells HISD When His Last Day Will Be, By E-Mail

    Turns out, Houston ISD superintendent Abe Saavedra sent out an e-mail to district administrators last Friday, giving them his last day news. HISD spokesman Norm Uhl found out about it Friday afternoon and planned to release the news today, "but the Bellaire Examiner got a tip and scooped me. G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Go Have Your Advice About A New HISD Superintendent Ignored

    The Houston school district has released its scheduled of community meetings where you can go and have your advice ignored about who should replace Abe Saavedra.No, no, no -- of course your input will not be ignored. It will be included in a lengthy report put together by the search team. And as lon ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    White-Washing Those Black Rodeo Gala Tickets

    Well, Warner Ervin, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District's south region, must be feeling pretty good today. He's the administrator being reluctantly investigated by the Texas Education Agency -- after a lot of urging from citizen and former HISD high school teacher Del Murphy -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    That Roberts Elementary Teacher Is Reinstated; Kids Learn Lesson About Protesting

    As promised last week, the Houston school district is trying to fast-track reinstatement for some teachers caught up in the drug-dog sweeps that caused such a kerfluffle.The district announced today that Mindy Herrick, the Roberts Elementary teacher whose arrest sparked protests from parents and stu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Roberts Elementary Teacher, Nabbed In Drug Sweep, May Get Fast-Track Reinstatement

    Big props to the Chronicle's Ericka Mellon for, again, live-blogging a lengthy and often-tedious HISd board meeting. Since the district can't seem to wrap its arms around 20th-Century technology to broadcast these things, it's really an invaluable service.And from it we learned that board presid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    The Drug Sweeps Are Ending At HISD (For One Reason Or Another)

    The Houston school district is coming under heavy fire for its "no-tolerance" drug-dog searches of school parking lots, mostly because they nabbed a popular West U teacher who is very likely to be proven innocent.West U residents, when they get up in arms, tend to get results. HISD superintendent Ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Abe Saavedra Is Leaving The Building

    Abe Saavedra, HISD superintendent, announced his resignation this morning to pursue a "second career" at the ripe old age of 58.  Saavedra's leaving follows a big retreat the board had, where he just might have been told of some boardmembers' continuing frustration with what they've called poor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Fort Worth's School Superintendent Has A Bigger Salary Than Houston's

    Houston, you have been dissed by Fort Worth. Fort Worth.That cowtown up north has gone all big-time, paying its school superintendent the highest salary in the state. Abe Saavedra here in Houston has been relegated to the poverty line.Fort Worth ISD superintendent Melody Johnson received a 1.4 perce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Carnegie Tech's Triumph Is Complete, For Now

    The capitulation is complete -- the parents of the "Carnegeeks" have proven they're not to be fucked with.HISD superintendent Abe Saavedra had threatened them with a pretty dire plan -- combine the school (which is magnet for the very smart and not physically imposing) with Worthing High, a tough, r ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008
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    December 9, 2008

    We Try To Help HISD's Druggie Teachers, But Get Rebuffed

    HISD teachers, you have been warned: the drug-sniffing dog is coming for you. Superintendent Abe Saavedra told reporters the dog will be visiting every campus to check the employee parking lots.Of course, publicity about the string of teacher-drug arrests hasn't stopped teachers from bringing drugs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Carnegie Parents Can Breathe A Sigh Of Relief -- For Now

    Houston Press editor Margaret Downing wrote this week about the  continuing turmoil in HISD over plans to consolidate schools, including the high-profile proposal to merge brainiac magnet Carnegie Vanguard with low-income Worthing High.Carnegie parents have been up in arms ever since superinten ... More >>

  • News

    December 4, 2008

    Backlash Upon Backlash at HISD

    The uproar you hear is screaming parents

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    November 12, 2008

    HISD Gets A New Media Guru

    It took a while, but the Houston school district has apparently found someone to fill the shows of departed media spokesman Terry Abbott. The bad news is the new guy comes from Clear Channel, which is the hated monster of independent-minded radio fans everywhere. The good news is he comes from Clea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    HISD No Longer Looking To Kill All Busing To Magnets

    Some HISD parents have been worrying about whether their kids will still be able to get transportation to magnet schools. The high price of gas and the district's strained budget has led to talk about eliminating busing to magnets. Superintendent Abe Saavedra presented a series of magnet-busing pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Saavedra Is Safe For Now, Spokesman Says

    All bow before the power of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce!!!! After their press conference yesterday, after a two-hour closed-door board meeting, it appears for now that HISD superintendent Abe Saavedra's job is safe for another year. At least it is according to a terse statement by district sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    Hispanics Warn HISD Board Not To Fire Saavedra

    Hispanic leaders have gone public -- very public -- with a pre-emptive move against the HISD board. Convinced the board is trying to dump superintendent Abe Saavedra instead of renew his contract, they held a press conference at HISD headquarters before a special board meeting today. "We are calli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Press Secretary Search Goes On at HISD; District Creates New Position on Top of One Held by Terry Abbott

    Despite three months’ advance notice, the Houston Independent School District still hasn’t found a replacement for its former press secretary Terry Abbott, who as of today, departed a week ago. Abbott, as we previously, semi-fondly noted, had some pretty fine moments during his career with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    HISD's Terry Abbott: The Top Five Moments

    The Houston Chronicle's education blog mentioned that the HISD board bid a fond farewell yesterday to longtime spokesman Terry Abbott, who is leaving at the end of the month to become a consultant. "[A]s board member Natasha Kamrani put it: 'Terry Abbott is a junk-yard dog. He will stand in front o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    Montrose's Wharton Elementary School To Stay Open, For Now

    The Houston school board may decide the fate of Wharton Elementary this week, and after a bit of a scare from a misinformed e-mail blast, the news is good. The board is voting to take Wharton off the list of schools to be closed. For now. An e-mail blast that went out to members of the group Frien ... More >>

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    June 30, 2008

    This Just In: Terry Abbott Leaves HISD

    Terry Abbott, for years the spokesman for the alleged “Houston Miracle” of HISD, the man who spun Rod Paige into a conservative saint serving well above his abilities as U.S. Department of Education, is leaving the school district. Abbott announced in a press release the official confirmation o ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    This Just In: Texas Education Commissioner Orders Sam Houston High School Closed

    The much beleaguered Sam Houston High was ordered shut down by the Texas Commissioner of Education because it failed to make enough academic progress, the Houston Independent School District’s press office is announcing this afternoon. However, HISD Superintendent Abe Saavedra has an alternate pl ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008
  • News

    October 5, 2006

    Opt In, Opt Out

    HISD continues to send students to CEP. Whether they go there, stay there or return successfully to their home school is anyone's guess.

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    April 6, 2006

    Such Nice Kids

    Immigration protests put HISD in a bind

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    December 22, 2005
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    December 15, 2005

    Don't Worry, Be Happy

    HISD parents want information about possible changes in the GT/Vanguard program. The administration calls any fears baseless.

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    July 7, 2005

    Take My Wife, Please

    TABC nabs a sheriff's spouse in a sting

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    January 20, 2005

    Frontier Justice

    Maybe you shouldn't go all Charles Bronson on someone

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    November 18, 2004

    Book Learnin'

    Another year of textbook follies

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    November 4, 2004

    Eating It Up

    Are HISD and Aramark cooking the books to feast on federal breakfast subsidies?

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    September 30, 2004

    On the Case

    Our new TV series is ready to roll

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    January 9, 2003

    Seventh-Inning Stretch

    HISD's Stripling stalls while opposing sides clamor for a decision about the T.H. Rogers playground