In March 2013, Alexis Hollada, better known by her stage name, Doomstress Alexis, is on her way back from Austin with her drummer, Raymond Matthews, in tow. The pair have just rocked a gig during SXSW with their doom metal act, Project Armageddon, and now just want to get back to Houston after picki ... More >>
When the Houston Independent School District goes about cutting arts programs and shutting schools, we hope they take into account the following video. Presumably created somewhere in Houston's Third Ward, the video shows your average grade school-age kids--- probably no more than 6 or 7 years old- ... More >>
As of this month, Mexican American studies, or MAS (Get it, more?), no longer has to be categorized as an "innovative" course in Texas public schools. It will be an elective, but one viable with classroom texts approved by the state. Two weeks ago the State Board of Education approved a plan to "br ... More >>
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.
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 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 >>
The happy days of the ’50s that were once yours and mine are still kicking over at Mark Twain Elementary, where Principal Joyce Dauber was reinstated after being suspended for making racially insensitive comments to teachers about her grandson’s class placement. Three parents upset with Superin ... More >>
Remember that image after Hurricane Katrina of all those New Orleans school buses underwater? Kudos to the Houston Independent School District for taking steps to prevent that from happening here. "HISD’s Transportation Department parked all of our buses on high ground in tight formations, w ... More >>
Saying he deserves a bigger piece of the pie, the former city councilman serves up cherry information to his current political opponent
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 >>
School test scores rise as more low-scoring students drop out.
This just in: Adding just that one more special thing that the mystery illness situation at Key Middle School really needed – we’ve just received a rather desperate message from Terry Abbott, spokesman for the Houston Independent School District. It seems that rumors, and perhaps the congressw ... More >>
The Chron is reporting that many local school districts aren’t taking enough steps to identify dyslexia. Twenty-two years ago, Texas passed legislation requiring districts to identify and tutor students with dyslexia, a learning disability that affects 5 percent to 20 percent of all children. T ... More >>
Can you break a million? Dr. Robert Kimball, a frequent questioner of many of the Houston Independent School District's operations, has been after it for weeks now to provide him certain documents relating to communications between and among the school board, the administration and representatives ... More >>
Neil Bush touts a school curriculum for guys like himself
Surprise, surprise. The Little League has trounced T.H. Rogers.
Behind the scenes, HISD trustee Shadwick and influential good ol' boys work to do good. And they probably have -- though maybe not for everyone.
Vending machines are leaving Texas school cafeterias. But the mother lode of "minimal nutritional value" has hardly gone away.
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
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.
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 exploiting loopholes in state law to lavish big bucks on private developers
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
It has history, it has heritage. But does Wheatley High School have a real future?
What are the penalties in Harris County's tax collection deal with Heard, Goggan?
High school QB Kyle Heine broke his neck on the field. How well was he treated?