The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for HISD to launch an independent investigation into whether a teacher's blatantly anti-Muslim views have bled over into the classroom. In a letter sent to HISD Superintendent Terry Grier on Tuesday, CAIR questioned the deci ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
At Grissom Elementary 300 of 800 kids are homeless.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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
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
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
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
Naturally Yours Café
This Is It
Hitting marks. Learning new steps. There's little kidding around at HITS.
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
Novelist Tony Diaz stirs up a Latino writers movement in Houston and, in some respects, becomes his own main character
Does Houston's biggest drug-prevention program keep kids clean or just make cops feel good?
Disney goes East in Mulan to give girls their due
After two decades of oddity, Beans Barton still has a lock on the inexplicable
The "neighborhood school" concept is a simple one. But not in River Oaks.