Houston Independent School District

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Bathroom Battles: Scaremongering Abounds about Transgender Public Restroom Usage

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Houston Kids Rapping Shows Why We Shouldn't Be Closing Schools, or Cutting Arts

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Mexican-American Studies Coming Soon to a Houston Classroom Near You (As a Legit School Elective)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    North Forest ISD's Hopes To Avoid HISD Merger Vanishing Quickly

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    TEA Head: Final Decision On Charter Providers For Troubled North Forest ISD Rests With HISD

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    MLK Day: What's Closed on Monday?

    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 >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2012
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    June 27, 2012

    Will HISD Thumb Its Nose at Rick Perry & Go for the Race to the Top?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    YES Prep Wins A $250,000 Broad Prize

    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 >>

  • News

    February 2, 2012

    A Little Respect

    Antonia Rivas did her job in HISD until she died. Now her children want some notice to be paid.

  • News

    November 24, 2011

    Entitled to What?

    The Ochoas are hardworking, taxpaying U.S. citizens who have taught their kids English. Why, they ask, should they be penalized for that?

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    November 3, 2011

    Bottom Lines

    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.

  • News

    December 30, 2010

    The Whipping Boy

    How did class size limits become the symbol of an unnecessary luxury in our schools?

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Children of God

    At Grissom Elementary 300 of 800 kids are homeless.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    ACLU Can't Get Terry Grier To Listen To Its Complaints Against CEP

    Big vote tonight​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Terry Grier Can't Find A Workable Alternative to CEP

    Photo by Margaret DowningCEP survives another day, even under Grier​There 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Grier Hires An Aggie As His New Communications Chief

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    New HISD Board President Greg Meyers On Data And Messing With People's Kids And Taxes

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Greg 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Obama Follows Yet Another Bush Policy: He Praises HISD

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Not Everyone's Happy Mark Twain's "Nice White Boys" Principal Is Back

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    No Bus Left Behind

    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 >>

  • News

    June 12, 2008

    County Attorney Candidate Vince Ryan Sues Linebarger Goggan

    Saying he deserves a bigger piece of the pie, the former city councilman serves up cherry information to his current political opponent

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008

    Cover Story: College Immaterial

    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 >>

  • News

    April 10, 2008

    So Much for No Child Left Behind

    School test scores rise as more low-scoring students drop out.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2007

    Where in the World Is Sheila Jackson-Lee?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Oh. My. Dog.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2007

    The Half a Million Dollar Question

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2007
  • News

    February 26, 2004

    History for Dummies

    Neil Bush touts a school curriculum for guys like himself

  • News

    April 17, 2003

    Bend Over and Take One for the Team

    Surprise, surprise. The Little League has trounced T.H. Rogers.

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    Power Plays

    Behind the scenes, HISD trustee Shadwick and influential good ol' boys work to do good. And they probably have -- though maybe not for everyone.

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    The Big Deal

    Vending machines are leaving Texas school cafeterias. But the mother lode of "minimal nutritional value" has hardly gone away.

  • News

    September 6, 2001


    Is Westbury High the victim of neglect? Or do jealous parents just mistakenly think HISD takes better care of other schools?

  • News

    July 19, 2001

    Spaced Out

    Bellaire's solution to the student parking shortage: Ban every space

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Headhunting, HISD-Style

    The new HISD superintendent was just a phone call away

  • News

    July 20, 2000

    Spaced Out

    Is legitimate safety or something more behind the push to curb Bellaire High parking?

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    Back to the Future

    HISD discovers it can be hard to keep a TAAS-tarnished principal down

  • News

    May 11, 2000

    The Dispossessed

    When HISD starts deciding whose homes to take, schoolkids are the only messengers. The Moríns learned that lesson too late.

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    The Insider

    Political Goodfellows Editor: Gabe and Gary get new toys; Lee and Mario cry in their stockings

  • News

    September 30, 1999

    Term Limits: The Next Generation

    A fractious bunch fills the city ballot, but the blood flies in District H

  • News

    September 9, 1999

    Working Every Angle

    The city of Houston is exploiting loopholes in state law to lavish big bucks on private developers

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    July 29, 1999


    The city of Houston is being carved into special taxing districts, promising windfalls for some, financial burdens for others

  • News

    May 20, 1999

    Lifting Principals, Spilling Guts

    More adventures in HISD's wacky world of staff training

  • News

    March 18, 1999
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    November 5, 1998
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    April 2, 1998

    Power to the Principal

    At Madison High, Principal Warner Ervin's word is law. Teachers say that's the problem.

  • News

    March 26, 1998

    Peer Pressure

    At Anderson Elementary, students are packed into classrooms, hallways and portable buildings as educators struggle to manage a school with too many kids

  • News

    April 17, 1997

    What's Wrong With Wheatley?

    It has history, it has heritage. But does Wheatley High School have a real future?

  • News

    March 21, 1996

    A Taxing Situation

    What are the penalties in Harris County's tax collection deal with Heard, Goggan?

  • News

    December 16, 1993

    Taking Care of the Boys

    High school QB Kyle Heine broke his neck on the field. How well was he treated?

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