Hire tutors, lengthen the school day, use data to check and double-check how your instruction is going and if you're talking about the three-year-old Apollo 20 project in Houston ISD, you'll be rewarded with significant improvements in math scores among elementary and secondary school students. In ... More >>
The Houston Independent School District's Board of Trustees is considering asking voters for a $1.89 billion bond issue that would rebuild or renovate 42 schools. The board must decide by August whether to place the item on the November 6 ballot. If voters approve the bond package, HISD would "most ... More >>
HISD gets tested.Texas public schools are trading the standardized test they currently use, TAKS, for a brand-new test -- one that's much harder. Said Superintendent Terry Grier, "This is probably the biggest thing that's happened in Texas education in a long, long time." This morning, five ... More >>
Like a marathon game of musical chairs abruptly dismantled, the number of schools recommended for closure in the Houston ISD has been whittled back down to four. Heartfelt pleas aside, McDade Elementary along with Rhoads, Grimes and Stevenson elementaries will shut down before the fall 2011 semeste ... More >>
Parents who bought into the TAKS hype dealt blow at HISD meeting.
Can Hogg make the jump to an IB school?It was the politest group of revolutionaries Hair Balls can ever remember meeting. Gathered in the church parlor at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in the Heights, a small group of mothers gathered last night to discuss their petition drive to revital ... More >>
D.J. Thomas is an eighth-grader at Tomball ISD's Willow Wood Middle School. He's also the guy, apparently, you want taking a shot when time's running out and you have the ball at three-quarters court. (Leave the half--court stuff to sixth graders.) Nothing but net.
Kinkaid School, the pricey enclave of private education, is riling up the blogosphere again.A while back it was a stormy, silly letter from a Wall Street banker and Kinkaid dad criticizing the uber-PC ways of the school that became a cause celebre.Today it's the fact that the letter-writer Skip M ... More >>
The House of Blues (in the Downtown Pavilions, 201 San Jacinto) held four gingerbread house workshops on the weekends leading up to Christmas, run by executive chef Jeff Inman. We stopped by to video one and have sped up the video for your amusement. At $45 per Swedish-made gingerbread kit and $1 ... More >>
HISD has the world's busiest sniffer dog
It's Mario in tha mix
Houston's Donald Trump can't be bothered with paperwork
Just ask the gnome: It's hard to get a good read on the Waldorf teachings
An innocent fifth-grader's picture is worth a thousand-word critical analysis
Thursday, February 20
Naturally Yours Café
Hitting marks. Learning new steps. There's little kidding around at HITS.
Fine words and policies are wonderful. Unless there's a secret subtext, with a different set of dos and don'ts.
Want an edge on that ultimate school exam? Have your $8 ready for this primer.
The Raven Grill
A Ring of Reverence, Early-Warning System, Sand and Toilet Seats
Rachelle Anderson just took super Girl Scout honors. And it wasn't hustling cookies that got her there.
The Kids in the Hall
Savvy Election shows ageless appeal
Novelist Tony Diaz stirs up a Latino writers movement in Houston and, in some respects, becomes his own main character
Disney goes East in Mulan to give girls their due
After two decades of oddity, Beans Barton still has a lock on the inexplicable
Cy-Fairs experiment with year-round schools is being watched by other local districts. What they're seeing isn't pretty.