• Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Supt. Terry Grier in State of the Schools Speech Says Something in Arabic That We Couldn't Quite Catch, But E For Effort

    More dual language programs in schools, increased diversity efforts including school staffing so that schools better reflect Houston as a whole, and a pilot program that would allow students whose parents move around a lot to name their home school and continue to attend it no matter what their new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Christian Home-Schoolers on Alert for Atheist Protest at Convention

    Hair Balls is licking our lips over an atheist group's planned protest of a Christian homeschoolers' convention in The Woodlands later this summer -- few things are more awesome than watching two groups of insufferably sanctimonious windbags duke it out in a heavyweight Battle of the Blowhards. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    CEP About to Shrink to One Campus, If HISD Trustees Say A-OK

    Terry Grier is calling for a less expensive CEP contract​ Updated: With comments from board agenda meeting at end of story. Community Education Partners will shutter its Ferndale campus as a result of an amended contract calling for it to receive $1.8 million less a year from the Houston IS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez Sends Out Letter Defending CEP

    ​Houston ISD board member Manuel Rodriguez has sent out "an open letter to the Taxpayers of HISD" in which he defends the private firm Community Education Partners' operation of its two alternative schools in Houston.HISD Superintendent Terry Grier has proposed ending the contract with CEP, saying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Learn Valuable Skills At Home!! Through HISD!!!

    HISD is expanding its at-home learning program, whereby kids from across the state (mostly home-schoolers) can get a tuition-free educational curriculum monitored by a certified teacher via computer and phone.The district partners with the Texas Connections Academy to offer the program, which is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008
  • News

    October 5, 2006

    Opt In, Opt Out

    HISD continues to send students to CEP. Whether they go there, stay there or return successfully to their home school is anyone's guess.

  • News

    February 17, 2005

    Mind Reading

    Is Yvette Lacobie really a terrorist? Did legislators really mean to kick kids out for a butter knife? Is zero tolerance really stupid? (No, maybe and yes.)

  • News

    January 27, 2005

    The Canons of Courting

    Or, eight simple rules for dating my teenage daughter

  • News

    September 30, 2004

    KISD Off

    Klein students are on a fast track to expulsion, thanks to a district that's figured a way to get someone else to pick up the tab for alternative education

  • Film

    April 29, 2004

    Teen Spleen

    Talking smack wreaks high school havoc in Mean Girls

  • News

    June 27, 2002

    Million-Dollar Babies

    Some CEP students have been locked in for years

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Backing Off

    HISD cuts $2 million from CEP's lucrative deal and adds more controls.

  • News

    October 18, 2001

    But Who's Counting?

    Thousands of students disappear from our schools yearly, but the TEA insists they're not dropouts

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Letting Go

    HISD settles with parents over CEP punishments

  • News

    July 19, 2001


    A Wave of Laughter, Strip Search Horrors, Fine Frye

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Learning How to Survive (at) CEP

    HISD and a paid trustee get entangled in the spreading empire of a private firm touting safe alternative schools for troubled kids. So why are some students and parents so scared?

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Emily Conner

    A "Learning How to Survive (at) CEP" sidebar

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    180 Days in the Hole

    HISD insists that kids sent to its alternative school should spend an entire year there, no matter what. What a crock.

  • News

    May 4, 2000
  • News

    April 20, 2000

    School's Out Forever

    "Unschoolers" like Holly Furgason don't believe in public education. They don't even believe in teachers. They believe in the ability of their children to teach themselves. Will the law catch up with them?

  • News

    March 12, 1998

    Looking for Laura

    First Friendswood rallied to find Laura Smither. Then it rallied to find her killer.

  • News

    May 8, 1997
  • News

    April 17, 1997