Elementary Education

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Teacher Accused of Molesting 10-Year-Old Student

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    HISD Stalls in Reading on Nation's Report Card, Sees Math Gains

    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 >>

  • News

    December 12, 2013

    Amid All the Good Things Going On in HISD, Why Is It So Many of Our Kids Still Can't Read?

    HISD students may be able to pass the test needed to graduate, but that doesn't mean they know how to read.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Why is it so Many HISD Kids Can't Read on Grade Level (& It's More Than You Think)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Houston Elementary Schoolers Tell Us Their Favorite Songs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    HISD'S Stanford Scores, Hoo-Rah With an Asterisk

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • News

    December 30, 2010

    The Whipping Boy

    How did class size limits become the symbol of an unnecessary luxury in our schools?

  • News

    September 9, 2010

    Children in Hiding

    Juarez kids surrounded by violence, dead bodies.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Cold Hard Cash to Fifth Graders in HISD Who Do the Math

    You did your homework? Cha-ching​Students 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 >>

  • Calendar

    May 20, 2010

    Houston Fringe Festival

    BooTown's annual performance smorgasbord - now with dance!

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Game Time: Shaq And Dwight Howard Battle Over Who Is The Real Fruit Of Jor-El's Loins

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Divisive or Not, HISD Board Approves New Way to Target Failing Teachers

    ​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 >>

  • News

    October 1, 2009

    Magna Charter

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

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Here's The Latest On School Closings Due To The "Don't Call It Swine" Flu

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Houston Teacher May Be Miss Black USA

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    The Cutest Fifth Grader Ever!

    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 >>

  • News

    September 4, 2008
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    April 10, 2008

    Chess Masters at UT-Brownsville

    An open-admissions university has become a national powerhouse in the collegiate game.

  • News

    April 3, 2008

    Toxic Town: Contamination in Somerville Schools

    Somerville's schools continue to show elevated toxins, but are the health risks bad enough to shut down the schools?

  • Music

    June 21, 2007

    B.B. King

    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.

  • News

    December 28, 2006

    The New KKK not quite what you'd expect

  • Music

    August 17, 2006

    Girl in a Coma

    Monday, August 21, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846

  • News

    December 8, 2005

    Girls Gone Wild

    It's a regular bacchanal in one small town

  • News

    June 16, 2005

    Career Opportunities

    HISD's ideas on advancement

  • News

    December 19, 2002

    Alien-ated Youth

    They're the next step in human evolution. But they're just like everybody else.

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Wake-Up Call

    The TAKS field test results were so gawd-awful they may become a catalyst for good

  • News

    January 24, 2002

    It's About Time

    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.

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Backing Off

    HISD cuts $2 million from CEP's lucrative deal and adds more controls.

  • News

    April 12, 2001

    Secrets of a Vanguard Parent

    How can anyone tell whether a four-year-old is gifted?

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • News

    April 6, 2000


    HISD's bilingual policy can leave Spanish-speaking kids in a language lurch

  • News

    March 2, 2000

    See George Educate

    A Texas journalist gives George W. Bush his due

  • News

    July 1, 1999

    Grade Charades?

    After the cheating scandal, some HISD schools take a TAAS test dive

  • News

    March 25, 1999
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    March 4, 1999

    Adding It All Up

    What does it really mean to pass the TAAS?

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    The Fix Is In

    Are educators cheating on TAAS? Is anyone going to stop them?

  • News

    May 21, 1998

    (Pay)checks and (Im)balances

    Fat starting salaries! Hefty raises! HISD says its administrators deserve them.

  • News

    May 14, 1998

    Why Johnny Might Someday Be Able to Read

    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.

  • News

    April 23, 1998

    After-School Limbo

    Middle schoolers are often left to their own devices

  • News

    March 26, 1998

    Peer Pressure

    At Anderson Elementary, students are packed into classrooms, hallways and portable buildings as educators struggle to manage a school with too many kids

  • News

    December 25, 1997

    The TAAS Buster

    For years, Harriet Ball miraculously boosted the test scores of academically at-risk kids in Houston. Finally, educators across the country are taking note.

  • News

    September 11, 1997
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    August 21, 1997

    What Went Wrong at the Rice School?

    The Rice School/La Escuela Rice was a much-touted experiment by HISDand Rice University. So far, the results haven't been encouraging.

  • News

    February 27, 1997

    A Question of Competence

    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?

  • News

    May 9, 1996

    Bitter Lesson

    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.

  • News

    January 4, 1996

    Ritalin on Trial

    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.

  • News

    January 19, 1995

    The Curriculum Question

    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.

  • News

    October 27, 1994

    Goodbye, Mr. Smith

    A 41-year-old man says he just wanted to teach, but age and gender worked against him

  • News

    July 7, 1994

    Anatomy of an Intervention

    HISD has a plan for reforming problem schools. But when it reached Bastian Elementary, not everything went smoothly.

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