Houston Independent School District

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    HISD Police Investigating Reported Sexual Assault by Nine Students at Bellaire High School

    A female student at Bellaire High School told authorities she was sexually assaulted by a group of males on campus last month, according to a report from the Houston Independent School District police department. The girl, who has not been identified, was attacked on October 13 by a group of unkno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Report Puts Houston Among Big Cities Closing Schools Serving Communities of Color

    A coalition of grass-roots community groups has included the Houston Independent School District in its report this month about school closings that disproportionately affect communities of color. While Houston among the cities with triple digit closings like Detroit, New York and Chicago, it did m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    HISD Culinary Students Put Their Skills On the Line

    You may not know it, but the Houston Independent School District has an incredible culinary arts program, and on Saturday, April 12, seven teams of culinary students from four HISD schools will compete in Cooking up Change at the local level in hopes of advancing to the national contest in Washingto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Cover Story: Saving Graces

    Last summer the doors to North Forest Independent School District closed for the last time. When they reopened again, the campuses and students once a part of the realm of the small, impoverished, minority-dominated school district in northeast Houston were under the control of Houston Independent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    HISD Board Looking at a Higher Tax Rate

    The Houston Independent School District may be about to get a little more in the tax dollars department. Next week the HISD school board will consider a 4 cent property tax rate increase, bumping it up to $1.1967 per $100 taxable value. If the move is approved by the HISD school board this will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    It's a Major Award! HISD Named Top Urban School District in America Second Year in a Row

    Sometimes, Christmas comes early. That appears to be the case for the Houston Independent School District which, for the second straight year, was awarded the Board Prize for Urban Education. The award is in recognition of the district's overall performance and reduction of achievement gaps among po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    HISD Up For Top Education Award

    For the first time in ten years, the Houston Independent School District has a crack at winning a national competition that would net the district's seniors $550,000 in college scholarships. The Broad Prize, awarded by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, "is the largest education award in the coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Third Ward Protestors Gather Outside HISD School Board Meeting

    A handful of people stood just outside the gates of Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center as Houston Independent School District school board members pulled their cars in for the school board meeting on Thursday evening. They'd hoped more people would turn out for the protest organized by Tex ... More >>

  • News

    August 22, 2013

    Will Rap 4 Weed

    Woman launches innovative ad campaign in Houston.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Website Says Houston Teachers Are So Underpaid, They're Seeking Sugar Daddies

    If there's anything we love, it's press releases from online dating services for gold-diggers and the douches who love them. And if there's anything we love more than that, it's the weird contortions they go through to hawk their sad, toxic wares -- which is why we freaking love that a site called S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    HISD Again A Finalist For Prestigious $1 Million Broad Prize

    The Houston Independent School District is once again a finalist for the prestigious Broad Prize, which celebrates urban education and who's doing it right. It's the third time HISD has been a finalist for the award, which began in 2002. The district won the nationwide prize -- which comes with a n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    HISD Offers Free Dinners to Anyone Under 18, Whether Documented or Not

    There are days when students in Houston Independent School District eat lunch at 11 a.m. Burgers, burritos, salads -- school lunches, worth eating for free, worth trading with friends if you want. And once lunch ends, the school day winds on, with classes and breaks and bells intermingling. The scho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Charter-Friendly HISD Doesn't Like Sen. Dan Patrick's Charter School Bill

    Sen. Dan Patrick's charter school bill has drawn the ire of the one school district that probably would have been the most favorably inclined to support it: Houston. The Houston Independent School District was charter friendly long before other school districts were, mainly due to the influence of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    HISD Releases Statement in Wake of Connecticut School Shooting

    The devastating news that a gunman or gunmen terrorized an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut Friday morning killing reportedly as many as 20 people including children has left an entire country reeling. School shootings are rare even if they feel all too common, but one that involves element ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    HISD Staff Goes Gangnam Style: This Is Not a Joke

    Rocks Off saw something so disturbing today on the morning news, but it was early we were sure it couldn't possibly be real. It is. The Houston Independent School District has produced a video to promote early voting featuring teachers, faculty and other district staff -- including what must be th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    HISD Seeks Refund from California-Based Vendor for Pink Slime-Filled Hamburger Patties

    In the aftermath of the somewhat frivolous "pink slime" scare, the Houston Independent School District wanted to make damn sure people knew it wasn't purchasing boneless lean beef trimmings (a.k.a. lean finely textured beef) for it school lunch programs. Or, at least, HISD thought it wasn't. HISD h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    HISD Wants You to Know There Is No Pink Slime In Its School Lunches

    In the wake of the recent "pink slime" scandal, EOW has received press releases from various grocery stores and restaurant chains assuring us that no pink slime -- or boneless lean beef trimmings, in non-neologism speak -- is used in their food products or sold in their establishments. Pink slime h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Delores Westmoreland: Former Kashmere High Dean, 1 Other Indicted for Tampering with Dropout Records

    A Harris County grand jury today indicted two former administrators from the 2010 scandal at Key Middle School/Kashmere High School on felony offenses of "tampering with a governmental record." Dr. Delores Westmoreland, former dean of instruction at Kashmere, was indicted for three cases and fellow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    HISD Awards $35 Million to Schools for Student Achievements

    The Houston Independent School District on Tuesday handed out awards to teachers for student high scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. The ASPIRE Award program is part of an ongoing effort to reward teachers for the success of their students. According to an HISD pres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    HISD Cancels After-School Activities Due to Rain, Flooding

    The Houston Independent School District has cancelled all after-school events Wednesday due to heavy rain and flooding that has struck the area today. Administrators will decide at a later date whether to reschedule specific activities. An HISD release states: HISD schools will conduct dismissal a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    TEA Applies the Hammer to North Forest (And HISD): Historically Terrible District Should Be Taken Over by Houston, It Says (Updated with HISD Response)

    Welcome to HISD.​The Texas Education Agency has finally had enough of the North Forest ISD, a lower-income school district with chronic problems demonstrating proficiency on standardized tests. Today the TEA took the unusual step of ordering it to close, and suggesting it be taken over by HIS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Worthing High Shooting -- the HISD Reaction

    HISD taking steps in wake of shooting​The Houston school district is not really commenting on last evening's gang-related fatal shooting at Worthing High School because "it is the focus of an HPD ongoing criminal investigation," spokesman Jason Spencer says. But it has issued a statement from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Actually, HISD Already Did Spend General Funds on Apollo 20

    Previous statements are inoperative​Friends of Hair Balls have been besieging us in the last couple of days, insisting that Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier misspoke when he testified before a Senate Committee on Education that the district has never used general funds to finance Apollo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Arnold Viramontes, HISD's Splashy New Hire, Violated Nepotism Rules

    HISD's new hire had a nepotism flap in Dallas​The Houston school district announced today it is hiring the Dallas ISD's chief of staff, Arnold Viramontes, to oversee its technology operations. Our sister blog Unfair Park has a post up analyzing why this is big news for DISD -- Viramontes has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    HISD On Title IX Complaint: "Nothing To Be Upset About"

    As soon as HISD knows what it's doing wrong, it'll be sure to fix the problem. ​The Houston Independent School District held a press conference this afternoon to attempt to respond to allegations that the district doesn't give girl athletes the same opportunities as boy athletes. Trouble is, the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Magnet Schools in HISD -- The Passion, The Powder Keg

    A magnet lottery can strike fear into hearts​The word "lottery" is not just anathema to Southern Baptists. Toss it into a room filled with ardent supporters of the magnet program in the Houston Independent School District and you get a two-hour discussion about good programs (okay, toss the ... 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

    July 27, 2010

    HISD Says Get the Facts and We Did -- From HISD!

    Hair Balls has obtained copies of a power point presentation given to principals of the Houston Independent School District in June that appears to bear out earlier reports that principals were being asked to cover a shortage of $19 million in federal funds. In a slide entitled "Title 1, Part A;" i ... 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

    April 29, 2010

    In HISD There Are No Unsatisfactory Teachers; Surprise: We Live in Lake Woebegone

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    HISD Looks to Hire Teachers From California

    ​The Houston ISD is heading out to California (and later to Louisiana, Michigan and Florida!) to recruit teachers, its press office announced today.Specifically, it is looking for bilingual, secondary math and science teachers and cash-strapped California -- where reportedly more than 20,000 teach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Divisive or Not, HISD Board Approves New Way to Target Failing Teachers

    ​This is the tale of two teachers. Each of them inherit fifth-graders who test out at the start of the school year, on average, at third grade, fifth month. The kids are from the same neighborhood. They have identical demographics: roughly the same number come from single-parent homes, live in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    HISD's Customer-Service Survey: Some Highlights

    ​The Houston school district has released a new "customer satisfaction" survey, where parents and the general Houston population were asked to rate various aspects of the district.Officials are crowing because many of the ratings increased -- "The results of a new survey conducted earlier this yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    White-Washing Those Black Rodeo Gala Tickets

    Well, Warner Ervin, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District's south region, must be feeling pretty good today. He's the administrator being reluctantly investigated by the Texas Education Agency -- after a lot of urging from citizen and former HISD high school teacher Del Murphy -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2008

    HISD May Hike Cafeteria Prices

    This just in: Houston Independent School District Superintendent Abe Saavedra will ask the school board this week to double the price of reduced-price lunches from 20 cents to 40 cents. Full-priced lunches will go from $1.40 to $1.60 for elementary students and from $1.50 to $1.70 for secondary. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2007

    J.R. Harris Elementary Struck by Lightning. Other HISD Schools Have Water, Water, Everywhere.

    Today’s weather is wreaking the proverbial freaking havoc on the Houston Independent School District and its schools. One has already been struck by lightning (good thing classes aren’t in session yet) and others are leaking. At one elementary they’re trying to save textbooks by plying them on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    Coming Up: Which Schools Are Horrible?

    Well the accountability ratings are in and at 1 o'clock today we'll be able to tell you which schools made the grade in the Houston Independent School District and which schools got failing report cards from the Texas Education Agency. Check back here at 1 p.m. -- Margaret Downing

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2007

    Little Gentlemen and Gentlewomen One and All

    A partnership of sports and character building was announced today by the Houston Independent School District, to wit: “All HISD students ages seven to 18 are being given an opportunity to learn the game of golf absolutely free.” According to HISD spokesman Norman Uhl, “The golf instruction i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2007

    Perhaps An End to Bus Stops As We Know Them

    Every school day, the Houston Independent School District sends out 800 school buses to transport about 35,000 students, picking them up from 2,100 school bus stops along the way. And as anyone who hasn’t been home schooled knows, time spent waiting at a school bus stop can sometimes be likened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2007

    And Just Where Was Tinker Bell In All This?

    This just in: Children all over the Houston Independent School District today had their peanut butter sandwiches taken away from them at lunch time. "By 9:45 we had checked every lunch. Each teacher went through the lunches of every child and we did not allow them to eat the sandwich if they brou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2006

    HISD: A Good Call on the Westbury Tragedy

    There are myriad lessons from today's tragic shooting outside Westbury High School. One of them: Parents, when you see "Houston Independent School District" on your caller ID, you may want to check your voicemail. High schools have been calling parents and leaving automated messages for ages. But t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2006

    What's Unacceptable?

    But will it be an endless summer? Houston Independent School District Superintendent Abe Saavedra is experiencing an increasingly bumpy ride with his trustees and parents. You know it's serious when people are willing to stand out in the hot summer sun to carp. Wednesday that included HISD trustee ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2004

    Guest Column: HISD's Ethnic Gap

    Stats show how district policies help whites with educational opportunities

  • News

    September 4, 2003

    Ol Ol Ol Ol

    The baseball fields at T.H. Rogers will share space with a track and soccer field after all

  • News

    May 1, 2003

    Money to Spin

    Budget woes don't affect HISD's PR department

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Backing Off

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

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    Will the Taj Come Tumbling Down?

    A prime piece of HISD land goes on sale

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Do-It-Yourself Nature Park

    The woods on 11th Street in Timbergrove Manor

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    Class Cops

    After Columbine, has HISD gone overboard trying to make schools safer?

  • News

    December 23, 1999

    News Hostage

    A Book Is a Book

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