Greg Meyers

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    HISD Votes to Shake Up Magnet School Funding, Although Some Ask Where it Got Its Numbers

    In the end, all the cute kids and impassioned adults in turns eloquent and stumbling as they rushed their way through speeches compressed to one-minute increments, came to nothing last night when the Houston ISD school board voted to go along with Superintendent Terry Grier's reallocation of funding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    HISD's Grier Scores a Semi-Win in Contract Extension, Three Trustees Search for Their Cojones

    Three abstentions? Really? You're voting on extending the contract of the man who works for you and you opt out? Decide not to have an opinion? Decide not to share your opinion? Certainly it's unlike any job review in the real world. Last night, as expected, five members of the Houston ISD school b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Mike Lunceford Elected Prez of HISD School Board, Love Boat-Style

    It was a veritable love fest on Thursday night as Michael Lunceford was elected the new president of the Houston ISD school board, nominated by the two trustees who had reportedly been in the running for the position themselves. Greg Meyers nominated and Anna Eastman seconded. The board normally li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Paula Harris, HISD Strangely Accuse Reporter of Unethical Behavior

    HISD issues diktat on jounralistic ethics.​The Houston school district and its board president, Paula Harris, have accused Texas Watchdog reporter Michael Cronin of "unethical behavior" because, among other things, he taped a conversation with her. HISD spokesman Jason Spencer, a former Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    HISD Trustees Say Power to the Principals

    A "permanent" disagreement​In a 5-3 vote, Houston ISD trustees passed an amended motion Thursday night to return $18.5 million to principals for the 2011-12 school year with no strings attached -- but with an extra designation that the return of the money would be "permanent." Trustee Anna Ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Most HISD Trustees Say Give the Money Back to the Schools Now

    Disagreements about money and how to spend it.​A majority of Houston ISD trustees meeting Monday afternoon said they want $18.5 million -- the amount of money they initially overcut from their budget -- to go back to the district's schools this fall with no restrictions on how principals shoul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    HISD Students and Parents Won't Have to Learn New Bus Times This Fall

    Proposed schedule change goes boom​In what had to be something of a surprise to the Houston ISD administration, school board trustees in a 4-3 vote Thursday night turned down a plan that would have standardized and changed start and stop times at the district's schools two months from now. Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Finances: No. 1 Cause of Marital Discord and HISD Trustee Testiness

    HISD board starts sounding like the Bickersons​Husbands and wives play this game all the time. They're short of money and need to put themselves on a stricter budget. They agree they can get by with the worldly goods they already have until better times. Resolute and united, they pause for a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    HISD Ready to Dump 4 Elementaries, in the Latest Recalibration

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    It's 'Big Girl, Big Boy Time,' HISD's Paula Harris Says

    HISDPaula Harris gets tough with fellow board members.​In a lengthy and sometimes tense board meeting that brought Houston ISD trustee Juliet Stipeche to tears, trustee Carol Mims Galloway to call for a tax increase and announce that all was not hunky dory with the board, and board President P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Higher Taxes, Fewer Teachers: HISD Readies Itself for a Tough Sell

    Margaret DowningTerry Grier and the board face tough financial decisions​Higher taxes, a sweeping change in bus times, a cut in the number of police officers in the schools and an end to special school adjustments that for the noted T.H. Rogers elementary and middle school alone would mean a l ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2011

    Casualties of War

    Parents who bought into the TAKS hype dealt blow at HISD meeting.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Apollo 20 Picks Up 11 Elementaries, But Not Without a Fight

    Board reluctantly endorses Grier's plan​It took three sets of votes, but in the end Houston ISD trustees in a 5-4 vote gave Superintendent Terry Grier the go-ahead on his proposal to expand the Apollo 20 program to 11 elementary schools next year. The debate was long, with passionate argument ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Paula Harris Is New HISD Board President

    Photo courtesy HISDPaula Harris, elected unanimously​As expected, Paula Harris has been elected the new president of the Houston school district's board of directors. The unanimous vote came early in a meeting that's still going on. Harris, who works in the oil industry, replaces Greg Meyers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    HISD Magnet Study Recommends Taking Away Half of Them

    Tackling a hot-button issue​"Change is imperative" in the Houston school district's magnet program, a long-awaited outside consultant's report said today. Among the proposed changes: Taking away the magnet designation from nearly half the 113 programs that have it, including most elementaries ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2010

    The Whipping Boy

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

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    HISD Takes Beginning Steps Towards "Right-Sizing" Schools

    Tough times are ahead for HISD. ​Near the end of today's meeting about "right sizing" schools in Houston, Houston ISD board president Greg Meyers summed up just about everything we know about the proposed changes:"I'm not sure how much clarity has been given at this point," he said. That was after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    HISD Asks Annise Parker For a Break, Gets Clobbered by Prop 1 Fans (Updated With HISD Response)

    HISD says no to flood-fighting fees​Houston ISD trustees think they've already given enough tax money in support of flood control/drainage issues and want no part of the Renew Houston Proposition 1 measure that would allow the City to collect even more money through drainage fees. So they voted 8- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    HISD Kicks Off Its Apollo 20 Program For Troubled Schools

    Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.HISD's Terry Grier with a student at an Apollo 20 school​As if surrendering your long, lazy summer to the start of another tedious school year is not hard enough, students from five HISD middle schools and four high schools are making that plunge an entire week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Principal Bertie Simmons Gets Her School Fixed Up (a Little), Furr Forum Hosts Trustee Candidates

    You, too, can be an HISD board member. Maybe​A spiffed-up Furr High School played host to the District VIII school board candidates forum at mid-day today, as community members and some trustees got a chance to assess who might be a good choice to replace Diana Davila.Some of the Furr High School ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    HISD Trustees Go For Guinness World Record in the Long-Winded Meetings Category

    HISD: Lots of talk, no action​If Houston ISD trustees really want to fulfill their promise of transparency, they need to start getting to the point a lot quicker in their meetings -- so that when they have something important to debate, more people are still there to hear it.Last night's meeting w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    HCC's Sandie Mullins (Meyers) Has Her Own Take on Divorcing HISD's Greg Meyers

    Greg Meyers: HISD board president's marriage ends​In late July, Hair Balls reported on the impending divorce of Houston ISD's school board president Greg Meyers and Houston Community College Board member Sandie Meyers (who has now resumed her maiden name of Mullins.)Post-divorce, Mullins sat down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    HISD's Greg Meyers Divorcing HCC's Sandie Meyers

    The school board president and wife split​A divorce decree is expected to be issued tomorrow morning for Greg Meyers, president of the Houston ISD school board and his wife Sandie Meyers, a Houston Community College trustee, after more than 20 years of marriage."It's an unfortunate situation," Gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Only 15 Percent Of HISD 9th-Graders End Up With A College Degree

    No college degree for 85 percent of HISD 9th-graders?​About 15 percent of Houston Independent School District ninth graders will get a college degree.That stark news was delivered at the board of trustees early morning workshop today to the six board members in attendance (Anna Eastman, Diana Davi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Terry Grier Can't Find A Workable Alternative to CEP

    Photo by Margaret DowningCEP survives another day, even under Grier​There will be trims. There will be millions of dollars in savings. There will be new initiatives and new monitoring, but the bottom line is: Community Education Partners will continue to operate its two alternative schools in Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Mario Gallegos Continues His Anti-Terry Grier Letter Writing Campaign

    Gallegos is writing, but he's not hearing back from Grier​State Senator Mario Gallegos has continued to dictate letters since calling for Houston ISD superintendent Terry Grier to leave in an earlier letter, saying Grier was going to ruin the lives of students here.In his latest set of letters -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    HISD Turns To Failed Principal For Advice on How to Handle the State Board of Education

    Photo by Margaret DowningLawrence Allen (L) and Greg Meyers​The Houston ISD employees who were asked to draft a resolution asking the State Board of Education to step back from the changes it made recently in the proposed social studies curriculum for public school students, told the Houston s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Long, Loud And Raw Houston School Board Meeting Leaves Few Happy

    It wasn't quite like this at last night's HISD board meeting, but it was close​In a lengthy and tumultuous school board meeting Thursday night, trustees voted 8-1 to fire Principal Mable Caleb and five other administrators and teachers from the Key/Kashmere mess, approved another 170 employe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Amid Boos, HISD Trustees Adopt New Way to Fire a Teacher

    ​The Boo Birds played the Houston ISD Administration Building last night and it was a standing room only crowd.The school board -- well, seven of them (trustees Manuel Rodriguez and Carol Mims Galloway weren't there) -- stood behind their earlier vote and went 7-0 in a final vote on the propos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    HISD Rejects Another New Source of Revenue, For Now

    Photo courtesy HISD​Is the Houston ISD Police Department about to expand its drug interdiction efforts to include the seizure of teachers' and students' cars and trucks? No, HISD has no plans for that, a laughing district spokesman Norm Uhl said this morning. Last night the board approved two m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    HISD Mulls How to Best Save Its Schools, And Ex-Board President Larry Marshall Still Tries To Run Meetings

    Photo by Margaret DowningHISD Superintendent Terry Grier​In a district where eight of its high schools and 11 of its middle schools don't even have a school counselor, the Houston Independent School District trustees got together for an agenda meeting early Thursday morning to talk "transformatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    New HISD Board President Greg Meyers On Data And Messing With People's Kids And Taxes

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Greg Meyers, the new president of the Houston Independent School District, believes that data, unclouded by emotion, will lead the urban district to the next higher level of teacher performance.The day after a draconian day at the office Thursday that began at 10 a.m. wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Millions & Millions On School Improvements Getting Voted On Today: You Getting Any?

    Photo courtesy HISD​The Houston school board plans to vote later today on $121.5 million in school improvements over and above the projects approved in the 2007 bond election.Because each of the nine trustee districts has exactly the same amount of overcrowding/undercrowding and facilities in need ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Abe Saavedra Is Leaving The Building

    Abe Saavedra, HISD superintendent, announced his resignation this morning to pursue a "second career" at the ripe old age of 58.  Saavedra's leaving follows a big retreat the board had, where he just might have been told of some boardmembers' continuing frustration with what they've called poor ... More >>