Trustees want you to get out there and vote for somebody.State Representative Armando Walle appeared before the Houston ISD school board today to argue that rather than an appointment, the trustees should vote for a called election this November to fill Diana Davila's unexpired term.
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You, too, can be an HISD board member. MaybeA spiffed-up Furr High School played host to the District VIII school board candidates forum at mid-day today, as community members and some trustees got a chance to assess who might be a good choice to replace Diana Davila.Some of the Furr High School ... More >>
Come one, come allInviting all comers who live in District VIII of the Houston ISD. Anyone who ever wanted to be a school board member is invited over to Furr High School, 520 Mercury, 77013 at 11 a.m. this Tuesday to pitch themselves and their ideas as to why they'd be the best person to replace ... 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 >>
Tickets, trips, gifts to HISD board membersIt'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 >>
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Diana Davila quits abruptlyHouston school board member Diana Davila's sudden resignation, announced late yesterday, has a lot of rumors flying.Whether any of them are true is another question.Davila did not respond to our request for an interview, but HISD spokesman Nor ... More >>
Diana Davila left with a rambling statementDiana Davila took no questions from reporters before or after resigning from the Houston school district board this afternoon.Instead she gave a somewhat rambling speech on her sudden decision, saying the time demands of the board-member job had become t ... More >>
No college degree for 85 percent of HISD 9th-graders?About 15 percent of Houston Independent School District ninth graders will get a college degree.That stark news was delivered at the board of trustees early morning workshop today to the six board members in attendance (Anna Eastman, Diana Davi ... More >>
ApprovedHouston school board trustees voted 6-1Thursday to renew HISD's contract with Community Education Partners. The roughly $14 million contract with the Nashville-based alternative schooling program for at-risk students had received harsh criticism from the League of United Latin ... More >>
Photo by Margaret DowningCEP survives another day, even under GrierThere will be trims. There will be millions of dollars in savings. There will be new initiatives and new monitoring, but the bottom line is:
Community Education Partners will continue to operate its two alternative schools in Hou ... More >>
Photo by Margaret DowningSounding a bit like a past-the-honeymoon-stage couple whose partners are starting to feel misunderstood and underappreciated, Superintendent Terry Grier and the Houston ISD trustees got through Thursday's board workshop with a patina of camaraderie, occasionally interrupt ... More >>
Photo courtesy HISDIs the Houston ISD Police Department about to expand its drug interdiction efforts to include the seizure of teachers' and students' cars and trucks?
No, HISD has no plans for that, a laughing district spokesman Norm Uhl said this morning.
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Photo by Margaret DowningHISD Superintendent Terry GrierIn a district where eight of its high schools and 11 of its middle schools don't even have a school counselor, the Houston Independent School District trustees got together for an agenda meeting early Thursday morning to talk "transformatio ... More >>
Photo courtesy HISDThe Houston school board plans to vote later today on $121.5 million in school improvements over and above the projects approved in the 2007 bond election.Because each of the nine trustee districts has exactly the same amount of overcrowding/undercrowding and facilities in need ... More >>
With his army of volunteer deputies, Victor Trevino is Harris County's most innovative and open lawman. But his sharp tongue hasn't endeared him to other politicians. And some wonder if all his power has gone to his head.