Charter Schools

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Report Puts Houston Among Big Cities Closing Schools Serving Communities of Color

    A coalition of grass-roots community groups has included the Houston Independent School District in its report this month about school closings that disproportionately affect communities of color. While Houston among the cities with triple digit closings like Detroit, New York and Chicago, it did m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    North Forest ISD's Hopes To Avoid HISD Merger Vanishing Quickly

    The likelihood of North Forest Independent School District being annexed into Houston Independent School District seems imminently probable, even though North Forest promises at least one more appeal of the decision. North Forest, which has been in disarray for almost two decades now, threw a Hail ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Charter-Friendly HISD Doesn't Like Sen. Dan Patrick's Charter School Bill

    Sen. Dan Patrick's charter school bill has drawn the ire of the one school district that probably would have been the most favorably inclined to support it: Houston. The Houston Independent School District was charter friendly long before other school districts were, mainly due to the influence of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Texas Public School Bible Courses Sparsely Offered, Poorly Taught

    Six years after lawmakers agreed Bible courses could be offered in Texas schools, the Texas Freedom Network finds that course offerings are neither "legally appropriate nor academically sound," according to a report released today. Lawmakers, after much wrangling that included input from Jewish Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Sen. Dan Patrick Named Senate Education Chair, Re-dedicates Himself to Private School Vouchers

    Conservative Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) probably wasn't expecting broad accolades from the education community when he was named chair of the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, and the quick negative reaction from mainline education groups did not disappoint. The dean of Harris County conser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    YES Prep Wins A $250,000 Broad Prize

    Houston's YES Prep has picked up the Broad Foundation's first top prize for charter school management organizations, winning a cool $250,000 for the charter chain.   The inaugural award was announced at the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools Conference in Minneapolis this morning. The awar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    KIPP Isn't Cheating; Review Says It Really Is Super Duper

    Glowing report for these charter schools​According to an independent research firm, KIPP charter schools -- there are several locations in Houston -- are not guilty of skimming the best and brightest from the public school system, thereby boosting their reported student scores.Nope, according to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Sheri Lynn Davis, Teacher Who Became A Web Sensation For Beating A Kid: Charges Filed

    Not arrested yet, but charges filed and warrants issued​The Harris County Sheriff's Office has announced that charges have been filed against the charter-school teacher whose videotaped hitting of a student went viral on the web.Sheri Lynn Davis has been charged with injury to a child. Three other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Sherri Davis, Fightin' Teacher: Yes, A Lawsuit Is Coming

    To the surprise of absolutely no one familiar with the litigious ways of America, the mother of the kid famously caught on video getting a beatdown from his teacher is suing.And there's a press conference involved!!The Houston personal-injury law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto &a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Teacher Gives Student A Lesson In Whoop-Ass

    KRIV's Ned Hubbard got his hands on the teacher-fight video of the year, a brawl in a Houston charter school.Officials at Jamie's House Charter School say the teacher has been fired, now that they've seen the video.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Lakewood Church May Open a Charter School

    ​Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church is developing a proposal to start a charter school for autistic children that would open in the fall of 2011.Nancy Manley, executive principal in the Houston ISD's charter and alternative schools office, mentioned Lakewood's plans during her address to the Senate Edu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Bill Gates Helps Out Houston's KIPP Charter School In A Big Way

    ​The KIPP charter schools in Houston are getting a huge boost from Bill Gates, according to the Wall Street Journal.The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it is guaranteeing $30 million worth of bonds so that KIPP can expand operations here "from 4,500 in 15 schools to 21,000 stude ... More >>

  • News

    October 1, 2009

    Magna Charter

    Right in the middle of the Gulfton Ghetto, one school is putting on a grand experiment.

  • News

    December 4, 2008

    Drug Education

    HISD has the world's busiest sniffer dog

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    HISD: Home Of The World's Busiest Drug-Sniffing Dog

    Houston school officials want to be very clear -- the latest employees arrested for drugs were not teachers at a northwest side charter school.Their desire to make the point clear is understandable, given that so many teachers and staffers have been nabbed for pot lately.So let's emphasize -- the tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Cinderella Time At Mount Carmel High

    Mount Carmel High School looked like it was about to close earlier this year. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston could no longer afford to keep it open after 52 years. The Houston school district came in and agreed to partner with Mount Carmel as a charter school and the doors stayed open. Only ... More >>

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    August 14, 2008
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    October 1, 2007
  • News

    March 2, 2006

    The Also-Rans

    The schools who could have been contenders

  • News

    July 22, 1999

    Learning Curves

    Charter school scandals are teaching Texas a hard lesson -- one the state should have known fouryears and $77 million ago

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    January 30, 1997
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    January 23, 1997
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    August 15, 1996

    Think Small

    Richard Farias wants to change the way HISD teaches middle school

  • News

    March 16, 1995