Taking it to the courthouse.The Houston school board voted unanimously this morning (with four absentees) to join the burgeoning lawsuit against Rick Perry's latest funding scheme for public education, which cuts $5 billion over the next two years. HISD's state funding was cut $78 million th ... More >>
Cutting too much doesn't mean there's money in the bankIt doesn't look like there's going to be an increase in taxes after all and Houston ISD just got word that it's been approved for more than $70.6 million in so-called E-Rate Funding which means a lot of kids who've been going without wi-f ... More >>
Margaret DowningHISD Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett warns there's no tax increase -- yet.It wasn't just the budget numbers that remain in free fall as Houston ISD trustees discovered at today's agenda workshop. Next fall, board members and Superintendent Terry Grier's administration ... More >>
Get used to itChief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett passed on the new buzz phrase coming out of the state capital at today's Houston ISD workshop session: "The New Normal," which is being used to explain that the current state budget crisis isn't a transitory thing but something that will b ... More >>
HISD will be breaking out the budget axFor the first time since World War II - the big one - the state of Texas is looking at actual reductions in public education funding, Houston ISD board attorney David Thompson told trustees today. "Uncharted ground" is how Thompson termed what HISD and ... More >>
Bill White's going down, HISD declaresHouston ISD's assessment of the upcoming state legislative session on Monday began with the declaration that Bill White doesn't have a chance and that Rick Perry will continue as governor. Rebecca Flores, the director of Government Relations for HISD, and bo ... More >>
HISD says no to flood-fighting feesHouston ISD trustees think they've already given enough tax money in support of flood control/drainage issues and want no part of the Renew Houston Proposition 1 measure that would allow the City to collect even more money through drainage fees. So they voted 8- ... More >>
Mystery fans mourn the passing of a Houston bookseller
Photo courtesy Murder by the BookDavid Thompson, 1975-2010For avid fans of the murder mystery genre, you'd think death was commonplace. But not when it snatches away one of our own. So we loyal patrons of Murder by the Book, Houston's go-to place for all things murder and mystery, are devastated ... More >>
HISD: Lots of talk, no actionIf Houston ISD trustees really want to fulfill their promise of transparency, they need to start getting to the point a lot quicker in their meetings -- so that when they have something important to debate, more people are still there to hear it.Last night's meeting w ... More >>
A Latino author creates an updated boy detective
The Houston Independent School District might be facing a shortfall in public education funding of as much as $57 million in the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2010. That less than happy news was delivered at this morning's school board agenda meeting, in a power point demonstration by ... More >>
Sure, ice may be a dominant form of currency in the aftermath of a hurricane. But here’s what Tunnel Mole needed to survive two weeks of no electricity: a miner's hat avec flashlight. That's best for bedtime, to snuggle in and devour some juicy noir -- make mine the XX chromosome variety, please. ... More >>
Kevin Costner doesn't make friends. He makes movies, dang it.
Sharon Osbourne put the local kids of Pure Rubbish in front of millions on MTV. Then things fell apart.
Beaumont's Barbara Lynn lucks out with a song that almost died
In America, Thai dishes are being toned down. The Thai government wants to step in to stop it.
HISD and a paid trustee get entangled in the spreading empire of a private firm touting safe alternative schools for troubled kids. So why are some students and parents so scared?
Crazy Cajun Records catalog
Tary Owens helped rescue the early roots of Texas music. Then those songs saved Owens from himself.
Winter Street Art Center focuses on photo-based art
David Rice finally throws the switch on greenelectric
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Stages gives Kander and Ebb the brilliant turn they deserve
Justice Records is looking for treasure in a CD gap