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 >>
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 >>
A third-grade teacher in the Houston school district entered a guilty plea Tuesday to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. Juan A. Villarreal, 52, a third-grade teacher at Anderson Elementary in Westbury, has taught in the district for 11 years, but he was out of a job once he ... More >>
Sometimes The Onion does a marvelous job in skewering an issue in just a few words and its effort on Teach For America is one such gloriously satirical case. In it, a fresh-faced college girl writes about "My Year Volunteering As A Teacher Helped Educate A New Generation Of Underprivileged Kids," ... 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 >>
A fifth-grade girl from White Elementary was abducted this morning on her way to school by a man who drove her to an apartment "where he touched her in an inappropriate sexual manner" and then returned her to school, HISD says. The principal of the west side school, at 9001 Triola Lane, sent a lett ... More >>
Photos by Charne GrahamReik and Roosevelt's Quinby Hernandez (center) have a jam.VH1's Save the Music Foundation and Energizer have teamed up to make a difference in Houston's Theodore Roosevelt elementary school. Thursday morning, the two companies gave the Northside school a $30,000 check t ... More >>
Rick Perry is generally not a man to be out-rightwinged, but he may see an attempt in the GOP primary. He'll keep citing his Limbaugh-Tea Party bona fides, but there are ways for opponents to put doubt, if not fear, into the hearts of voters considering him. Here's how four attack ads from the rig ... More >>
Lynne Ellen Field didn't take the news wellHere's a lesson for you men out there: You don't want to get on the bad romantic side of Lynne Ellen Field of Waller. Field, 48, got two years' probation today for her reaction -- after having a few drinks -- to learning the news that her ex-husband ... More >>
Seriously???Congratulations to the fourth grader who designed the new Mountain West Conference logo! Yesterday, the Mountain West Conference unveiled its new brand identity as they head into a hoped-for (read: Boise State-led) future as a regular contender in BCS football as well as other m ... More >>
At Grissom Elementary 300 of 800 kids are homeless.
BooTown's annual performance smorgasbord - now with dance!
Only 3.4 percent of HISD teachers are "below expectations" or "unsatisfactory""Of the 11 HISD schools rated 'Academically Unacceptable' by the Texas Education Agency in 2008-9, only two rated any teacher unsatisfactory" in any category of their evaluations. -- Source: HISD Human ResourcesIt was a ... More >>
Last year, Buffalo Bayou Partnership's bubblegum-pink skimmer boat, the Mighty Tidy, capsized during Hurricane Ike. The Partnership recently purchased a a new "TrashCat" brand boat, a type of vessel specially designed to skim floating debris from the waters of Buffalo Bayou.It's bad luck to h ... More >>
Photo courtesy Washington PostA Washington Post reporter was apparently at the offices of disgraced financial company AIG when she noticed something on the walls.Kid's drawings telling AIG executives to not feel so bad. "We know you're not villains," said one.Did some AIG executive order his kids' c ... More >>
Some good news for the Houston school district -- it is kicking the asses of other urban districts in the state when it comes to meeting the high standards of the National Center for Educational Accountability.NCEA, though its Just For Kids organization, has released its annual study of schools who ... More >>
We're semi-liveblogging the Scopes Monkey Trial of the 21st Century -- today's meeting of the State Board of Education, which is discussing science standards. Here's the first report:Board member Barbara Cargill of The Woodlands said she "loves high school students." She really loves them when they ... More >>
We were baffled.Here it was, pushing hard towards 3 p.m., and no one had yet been arrested on an HISD campus for drugs. That didn't seem right, so we e-mailed district spokesman Norm Uhl.Incredibly enough, he reported back that it was, indeed, true:
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.
Michael Lyddon slept on this bench at night because he had nowhere else to go. According to elected officials in Fort Bend, though, he doesn't exist
...is not quite what you'd expect
Thursday, July 6, at the Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-230-1600
Ten-year-old Sucka Free signee Kayla talks about what it means to be young, gifted and brown
Lee High School dropped football, deciding golf was a better sport for its kids, no matter how poor or new to this country they might be
Enron Chief Financial Officer Andy Fastow
This Is It
Does Houston's biggest drug-prevention program keep kids clean or just make cops feel good?
The "neighborhood school" concept is a simple one. But not in River Oaks.
HISD has a plan for reforming problem schools. But when it reached Bastian Elementary, not everything went smoothly.