Sen. Dan Patrick continues to emphatically insist his new plan for accountability and high school diplomas will produce rigor; it will just be a different kind of rigor. Patrick, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, has been slammed in the national media for stepping away from the 4x4 curricu ... More >>
HISDIn a hurry-up afternoon press conference, Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier was able to say today that more of the district's students are graduating on time, fewer are dropping out -- and the improvements include every racial and ethnic student group. Grier was referring to data co ... More >>
Photo by Margaret DowningTerry Grier has a chart for successIn Greensboro, North Carolina, Terry Grier was known as that (crazy) guy who gave a car away every year.Grier, now slightly more than one year into his superintendency in Houston, used that dramatic, crowd-pleasing technique to up the nu ... More >>
Dallas was recently the host for the student culinary competition in that region.Students armed with knives are set to meet at Westside High School on February 20. Local school districts know all about it and are doing absolutely nothing to stop it. At issue: Knife skills: who can chop, ... More >>
US News & World Report has put out its list of best high schools in the nation, and HISD is (deservedly) crowing that six of its schools have been named.(Should we mention that it took three tries for the HISD news office to get it right? No, that would be a cheap shot.) (Oops.)And the USNWRe ... More >>
Further discussions of what organizers are calling "systemic illegal referrals of students to CEP/alternative disciplinary education on the basis of forged government documents" at Reagan High School will be just one of hot-button agenda items tonight at a suddenly called meeting of "over 100 ... More >>
Although Robert doesn't speak except for the occasional drawn-out yes or no, he draws back his head covered in wispy white hair, his eyes light up and his mouth opens up in a gap-toothed grin expressing excitement. He lives in the Center, an assisted-living facility for people with intellectual disa ... More >>
The Hightower High School football program fielded its first varsity team in 2000, but in just nine seasons, the school has graduated some great players -- two have played in the NFL -- and made the playoffs seven times. This year, however, is the first time the team has adva ... More >>
The uproar you hear is screaming parents
Our high school photo contest has now entered its sophomore year, and we've got some photos to share. Last month's theme was Faces, and as you can see, we got a lot of mugs. Our next theme is Recovery, whether from Ike, from an accident, from an addiction, from a fumble, from a political situatio ... More >>
Katy High School was going to play against a Florida team on national TV. Now all it had to do was find a way to win again.
I stopped by Adrian’s Burger Bar in the 5th Ward this weekend with the intention of eating one of Adrian Cooper’s amazing one-pound burgers. I was saddened to see that Adrian’s has closed its doors. The old burger joint down the street from Wheatley High School was a neighborhood institution. ... More >>
Good paying jobs, no huge loan burdens, exciting course work the new vo-tech attracts more and more hi-tech students
This week’s cover story on vocational programs in today’s high schools reminds me of the old Woody Allen zinger: “Everything our parents said was good is bad. Sun, milk, red meat, college.” The idea for it came from an energetic young teacher in Houston Independent School District frustrate ... More >>
MTV will be visiting Houston’s southwest side this afternoon to film students of the universally acclaimed YES College Preparatory Schools, who will be hosting a fundraiser to battle malaria. The “Stayin’ Alive” dance, sponsored by Malaria No More, will feature local DJ Michael 5000 Watts. ... More >>
School test scores rise as more low-scoring students drop out.
Earlier this week two Pearland High School students were arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and sent to alternative school for a month after being caught early Tuesday hanging a noose in the high school parking lot. On the very day that news was announced -- Wednesday -- in the next school ... More >>
Mariah McWhorter The winners have been announced for the May installment of our yearlong photo contest for high school students. Congrats to Mariah McWhorter, Whitney Pavlas, Catarina Williams and Cynthia Maldonado. Click here for words and there for pictures. – Keith Plocek
Local high school students put their camera-phones to work
They came. They saw. They took photos with their phones. You can see the contenders in our May contest for high school students here. Be sure to come back and vote for your favorite in the comments section of this post. The winners get bookstore gift certificates. The theme for June is water. ... More >>
Last chance for high school students to submit camera-phone photos for our monthly contest. The photos can be of whatever you want, so long as they're captured between checking voicemails and typing out text messages. Send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline in midnight t ... More >>
Announcing the winners from last month's photo contest for high school students
The deadline for this month’s photo contest for high school students is Monday, April 30. The theme is sports, so let’s see those photos of players, coaches, mascots and overzealous little league parents. Click here for more information. -- Keith Plocek
Stephanie Schmitt The winners have been announced for last month’s photo contest for high school students. Congrats to Stephanie Schmitt, Willie Xu, Meghan White, Whitney Pavlas and Mariah McWhorter. You can see the winning photos here and in the paper version of the Houston Press. The deadli ... More >>
The Houston Press is now accepting sports photos for the second round of our photography contest for high school students. Please send all submissions to email@example.com. For complete details and required image specifications, click here. Got a question? Perhaps we answered it her ... More >>
And that's a compliment to Rian Johnson's teen detective noir
Broadcasting high school games, ESPN-style
HISD continues to send students to CEP. Whether they go there, stay there or return successfully to their home school is anyone's guess.
A model student-athlete unthinkingly brings a knife to school and ends up in jail, then expelled. Why one-size-fits-all discipline fails kids.
What do seniors really do on prom night? The Houston Press investigates
This week: Our first- through fifth-place finishers
The schools who could have been contenders
Counting down: Our sixth- through tenth-place finishers
Stats show how district policies help whites with educational opportunities
The TAKS field test results were so gawd-awful they may become a catalyst for good
Thousands of students disappear from our schools yearly, but the TEA insists they're not dropouts
Scaling Green Mountain, Where Credit's Due, Horse-Whipped
Kids rack up university credits right there in high school. And their districts and colleges ring up ample revenues in the process. But are the students really learning?
Parents and students fight to save Lamar High School's International Baccalaureate program. Administrators don't see a problem.
It has history, it has heritage. But does Wheatley High School have a real future?
Joe Coleman, tailor to Houston's zoot suit culture, knows one thing for certain: Sometimes, clothes do make the man.