The likelihood of North Forest Independent School District being annexed into Houston Independent School District seems imminently probable, even though North Forest promises at least one more appeal of the decision. North Forest, which has been in disarray for almost two decades now, threw a Hail ... More >>
Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams made it clear in his confirmation hearing this morning that the future of North Forest Independent School District would lie with Houston Independent School District if his decision for closure is upheld. The Texas Senate has to confirm Williams, ... More >>
Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday and there are quite a few things closed. Here's a rundown of what we know is closed and/or open. If you know of any things we missed, please add them in the comments. Most banks. The United States Post Office -- no mail delivery, except Expr ... More >>
The deadline is looming for the next round of the Race to the Top, a program federal education department officials all but admit was drafted for Houston Independent School District after Texas refused to compete for federal grants. When Education Secretary Arne Duncan hinted such a district-based ... More >>
Houston's YES Prep has picked up the Broad Foundation's first top prize for charter school management organizations, winning a cool $250,000 for the charter chain. The inaugural award was announced at the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools Conference in Minneapolis this morning. The awar ... More >>
Antonia Rivas did her job in HISD until she died. Now her children want some notice to be paid.
The Ochoas are hardworking, taxpaying U.S. citizens who have taught their kids English. Why, they ask, should they be penalized for that?
It took years for Veronica Bass to figure out she was overpaying her union dues. Getting her money back looks like it may take just as long.
How did class size limits become the symbol of an unnecessary luxury in our schools?
At Grissom Elementary 300 of 800 kids are homeless.
Kids march towards a better future.Fighting declining interest and funding woes, two HISD high schools offer kids an oom pah pah way to better futures
Big vote tonightThe Houston Independent School District's board is expected to vote later today to renew its contract with a controversial company that handles students with disciplinary problems. The ACLU of Texas isn't too happy about that.The ACLU wrote a letter to HISD superintendent Terry Gr ... More >>
Photo by Margaret DowningCEP survives another day, even under GrierThere 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 >>
Verifying rumors that have been floating around the district for days, the Houston Independent School District just announced that Superintendent Terry Grier is bringing in a Maryland administrator as his new chief communications officer. Aggie Alvez replaces William "Lee" Vela who was hired ... More >>
Photo by Margaret DowningHISD Superintendent Terry GrierIn 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 >>
Photo by Margaret DowningGreg 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 >>
Photo courtesy White HouseThe Houston school district got a shout-out from President Obama this morning.In a major speech on education, Obama urged a raft of reforms "to finally make No Child Left Behind live up to its name."Among the reforms he urged districts to adopt: Houston's method of keeping ... More >>
Saying he deserves a bigger piece of the pie, the former city councilman serves up cherry information to his current political opponent
School test scores rise as more low-scoring students drop out.
Neil Bush touts a school curriculum for guys like himself
Rod Paige does no better when he doesn't have an answer than when he does
Behind the scenes, HISD trustee Shadwick and influential good ol' boys work to do good. And they probably have -- though maybe not for everyone.
Unbending state and HISD policies are pushing away a much-praised teacher
Vending machines are leaving Texas school cafeterias. But the mother lode of "minimal nutritional value" has hardly gone away.
Rod Paige searches for the perfect image, and CEP wiggles in even closer to the power source -- wherever it can find it
Is Westbury High the victim of neglect? Or do jealous parents just mistakenly think HISD takes better care of other schools?
Bellaire's solution to the student parking shortage: Ban every space
The new HISD superintendent was just a phone call away
A new law hastens a Brown official's departure
Investigate CEP, Santa Fe's Shame, Politics Makes Strange...
Is legitimate safety or something more behind the push to curb Bellaire High parking?
HISD discovers it can be hard to keep a TAAS-tarnished principal down
When HISD starts deciding whose homes to take, schoolkids are the only messengers. The Moríns learned that lesson too late.
Did a teacher fabricate a student assault to collect disability?
Political Goodfellows Editor: Gabe and Gary get new toys; Lee and Mario cry in their stockings
A fractious bunch fills the city ballot, but the blood flies in District H
The city of Houston is being carved into special taxing districts, promising windfalls for some, financial burdens for others
More adventures in HISD's wacky world of staff training
At Madison High, Principal Warner Ervin's word is law. Teachers say that's the problem.
At Anderson Elementary, students are packed into classrooms, hallways and portable buildings as educators struggle to manage a school with too many kids
What are the penalties in Harris County's tax collection deal with Heard, Goggan?
Brace yourself --the FBI says the Tracker is a fraud