Police arrested Roman Zalasar, 54, a first and second grade teacher at Tijerina Elementary School, for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old boy who was a student in his class. The boy told police the abuse occurred between mid-October and late November of last year. According to reports, the boy said ... More >>
In another indicator that the Houston ISD hasn't mastered the art of teaching reading, today's release of scores in the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that while there are some gains in fourth and eighth grade math, average HISD reading scores have not improved since 2007 and, in ... More >>
HISD students may be able to pass the test needed to graduate, but that doesn't mean they know how to read.
Dr. Billy Reagan is 83 years old and even though his days as superintendent of the Houston ISD are long behind him, he still keeps a careful watch over the largest public school district in the state. According to Reagan, who bases his conclusions on analyses of HISD scores on the national Stanfor ... More >>
Tonight, Australian children's band The Wiggles premiere their "Taking Off!" world tour at Bayou Music Center. The group has been performing together for more than 20 years, and tonight reveals a brand-new cast, as well as their first female member, Emma Watkins. That's a waste of time, as a recent ... More >>
After a few days of assessing the scores it had been dealt, Houston ISD today released the broad outlines of the latest Stanford scores for kids in grades 1-8 and claimed that its students "matched or beat the average scores posted by students across the nation ... in reading, math, science, and lan ... More >>
How did class size limits become the symbol of an unnecessary luxury in our schools?
Juarez kids surrounded by violence, dead bodies.
You did your homework? Cha-chingStudents at 25 Houston ISD schools -- and their parents -- will have a chance to earn cash by, get this: Doing their homework!"Why not?" was the consensus reached today by the seven trustees at a workshop meeting. Equipped with a $1.5 million private donation from ... More >>
BooTown's annual performance smorgasbord - now with dance!
Back when I was a little kid on the mean streets of Austin (Yep, I lived there for two years during my youth) in the mid-`70's, me and a few of my fellow second-graders would play Star Wars during recess. We would pretend the jungle gym was the Millenium Falcon, the area behind the rocks was Tato ... More >>
This is the tale of two teachers. Each of them inherit fifth-graders who test out at the start of the school year, on average, at third grade, fifth month. The kids are from the same neighborhood. They have identical demographics: roughly the same number come from single-parent homes, live in ... More >>
Right in the middle of the Gulfton Ghetto, one school is putting on a grand experiment.
Hamilton Middle School, which was closed Thursday and Friday over swine flu concerns, has reopened, HISD and city officials said.Hamilton had been closed because an individual "had exposure to a known case" of the flu, Health and Human Services spokeswoman Kathy Barton tells Hair Balls. "And subsequ ... More >>
Enough with the Houston-area teachers and principals and all their dope-smoking and having affairs with kids. What about something good about the teachers around here? Okay -- there's Andrea Hill, a sixth-grade teacher at Patrick Henry Middle School. What's she done lately? Gotten herself chosen ... More >>
For those of you who are tired of listening to Wolf Blitzer and Sean Hannity and the rest blab on about the current election, I have a clip that will give you a bit of respite from the media talking heads. I’m talking about fifth grader Damon Weaver of Palm Beach, Florida, who attended a speech b ... More >>
An open-admissions university has become a national powerhouse in the collegiate game.
Somerville's schools continue to show elevated toxins, but are the health risks bad enough to shut down the schools?
B.B. King performs on Thursday, June 21, at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post Office, Galveston, 800-821-1894. See HouStoned Rocks, the Houston Press music blog, for more about B.B. King.
...is not quite what you'd expect
Monday, August 21, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846
It's a regular bacchanal in one small town
HISD's ideas on advancement
They're the next step in human evolution. But they're just like everybody else.
The TAKS field test results were so gawd-awful they may become a catalyst for good
Fort Bend is putting an end to racing teachers and kids through half-day kindergarten. But too many other districts still haven't wised up.
HISD cuts $2 million from CEP's lucrative deal and adds more controls.
How can anyone tell whether a four-year-old is gifted?
HISD's bilingual policy can leave Spanish-speaking kids in a language lurch
A Texas journalist gives George W. Bush his due
After the cheating scandal, some HISD schools take a TAAS test dive
What does it really mean to pass the TAAS?
Are educators cheating on TAAS? Is anyone going to stop them?
Fat starting salaries! Hefty raises! HISD says its administrators deserve them.
When Eldo Bergman confronted his son's reading problems, he took the scientific approach. Now he is trying to convince schools to do the same.
Middle schoolers are often left to their own devices
At Anderson Elementary, students are packed into classrooms, hallways and portable buildings as educators struggle to manage a school with too many kids
For years, Harriet Ball miraculously boosted the test scores of academically at-risk kids in Houston. Finally, educators across the country are taking note.
The Rice School/La Escuela Rice was a much-touted experiment by HISDand Rice University. So far, the results haven't been encouraging.
State Comptroller John Sharp has suggested that HISD needs to fire more incompetent teachers. But as the case of Beverly Goodie shows, it's not that simple. Just how do you tell who's incompetent? And what happens when you try?
For 27 years, math teacher Phyllis Landes had a spotless record. Then the Texas Education Agency accused her of making racist remarks, and nearly ruined her school and her life.
While some Houston parents fight what they charge is "a river of Ritalin" running through the schools, one father has gone to court to try to prove that, for his son, Ritalin use is Ritalin abuse.
Businessman John Privett thought he had a solution to the problems of some of Houston's troubled schools. The parents wanted to try it. The teachers wanted to try it. But HISD administrators said no.
A 41-year-old man says he just wanted to teach, but age and gender worked against him
HISD has a plan for reforming problem schools. But when it reached Bastian Elementary, not everything went smoothly.