Houston Independent School District

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    June 13, 2014

    Parents and Students Ask Houston ISD to Leave Their Magnet Schools Alone

    In the penultimate episode before the upcoming June 19 school board decision on changing the Houston ISD magnet school funding formula, a number of parents and students turned out last night to ask the question: if these programs are working so well why does HISD want to destroy them? "I am a sing ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Snowpocalypse Part Two: City, County Shutting Down for Storm

    Last week, most everything shut down, but some apparently not soon enough. This time around, no one in the city our county is taking any chances. Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Annise Parker announced separately on Monday that both county and city offices would close Tuesday. They along with the Texas De ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Amid All the Good Things Going On in HISD, Why Is It So Many of Our Kids Still Can't Read?

    HISD students may be able to pass the test needed to graduate, but that doesn't mean they know how to read.

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    October 3, 2013

    Everyone Says They Want the Best for North Forest Students, As Long As They Stand to Benefit.

    HISD didn't just absorb North Forest out of the goodness of its heart. There's some real benefits in the acquisition to the mega district and its superintendent. Hopefully for the kids as well.

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    May 9, 2013

    Sterling High School: Keeping It All Together

    As Sterling High School’s year comes to an end, merger talk has the community upset, critics say they can’t trust HISD, and its latest principal is pulling out all the stops to try to get kids to graduation.

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    March 15, 2013

    North Forest ISD Makes One More Appeal To State To Stay Alive

    The flagging and beleaguered North Forest Independent School District argued for one more reprieve before the Texas Education Agency on Friday morning, naming a non-profit educational management organization led by KIPP founder Mike Feinberg as the new savior for the failing district. As is typical ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Bad Idea: 14-Year-Old Houston High Schooler Brought a Loaded Gun to School With Him Today

    Houston police arrested a 14-year-old student who brought a loaded handgun to Sterling High School today. The gun was confiscated and the boy was taken "into custody without incident" about 10:48 a.m., according to a Houston Independent School District press release. The boy's name was not released ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Paula Harris, HISD Strangely Accuse Reporter of Unethical Behavior

    HISD issues diktat on jounralistic ethics.​The Houston school district and its board president, Paula Harris, have accused Texas Watchdog reporter Michael Cronin of "unethical behavior" because, among other things, he taped a conversation with her. HISD spokesman Jason Spencer, a former Houst ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Finances: No. 1 Cause of Marital Discord and HISD Trustee Testiness

    HISD board starts sounding like the Bickersons​Husbands and wives play this game all the time. They're short of money and need to put themselves on a stricter budget. They agree they can get by with the worldly goods they already have until better times. Resolute and united, they pause for a s ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    HISD: Terry Grier -- Budget Crisis Detailed, 25 Magnets Proposed To Be Slashed

    Terry Grier proposed some controversial changes to HISD last night.​The Houston school district suggested sweeping changes to nearly every detail of its infrastructure last night in light of the budget crisis it faces, from cutting down the number of crossing guards that lead children to schoo ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Casualties of War

    Parents who bought into the TAKS hype dealt blow at HISD meeting.

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    July 1, 2010

    Book 'em, Danno

    Constables go after HISD students' unreturned books

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    April 1, 2010

    Man Vies to Be Sickest Child Molester of All

    Also wanted to direct Pampers ads.

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    February 19, 2010

    Grier Says HISD Not Rigorous Enough for All Students, Promises Changes

    Photo by Margaret Downing​"Uncross your arms," Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier semi playfully pleaded today with some members of his huge audience at his first ever State of the Schools address for teachers, administrators, business leaders and politicians. He ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    How HISD Might be Facing a $57 Million Shortfall Next School Year

    ​The Houston Independent School District might be facing a shortfall in public education funding of as much as $57 million in the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2010. That less than happy news was delivered at this morning's school board agenda meeting, in a power point demonstration by ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    HISD's Terry Grier: Agent Provocateur

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Prediction: In a year, Superintendent Terry Grier will either be a celebrated hero, or the scapegoat for pretty much of everything that goes wrong in the Houston Independent School District.As Hair Balls said before, there doesn't seem to be a go-slow switch in Grier's ar ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Computer Driven

    The new HISD credit recovery program matches students with a software program and a coach to get them fast-tracked to graduation.

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    October 1, 2009
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    October 22, 2008

    Still Hiring – the Houston School District

    The Houston Independent School District has another information session planned for Monday, October 27 to talk about the alternative certification path for a teaching career. All you need is a bachelor’s degree and an interest in teaching. According to Interim Press Secretary Norm Uhl, the progra ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007

    Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: the Key Middle School Saga Continues...

    The Key Middle School situation has become a political football and then some. Yesterday, civic activist Quannel X reportedly urged students to skip school this Thursday, saying that the district had placed them in intolerable, overcrowded conditions by temporarily posting them at Fleming Middle Sch ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2004

    On Shaky Grounds

    HISD got more than it bargained for when it decided to develop the Fourth Ward

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    November 4, 2004

    Eating It Up

    Are HISD and Aramark cooking the books to feast on federal breakfast subsidies?

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    September 18, 2003
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    September 4, 2003

    Speak No Evil

    Not part of HISD's spin machine? No interviews for you

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    March 6, 2003

    A Paige from the Past?

    A lawsuit accuses HISD's former chief and a trustee of influence-peddling

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    June 27, 2002

    Million-Dollar Babies

    Some CEP students have been locked in for years

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    March 7, 2002

    The Great Divide

    Principal Lawrence Allen is a role model to some, an inept bumbler to others. Jones High School is split: Magnet-program parents versus the local community. It's up to Superintendent Kaye Stripling to make it right. Lucky her.

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    August 23, 2001

    Letting Go

    HISD settles with parents over CEP punishments

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    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?

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    April 12, 2001

    Secrets of a Vanguard Parent

    How can anyone tell whether a four-year-old is gifted?

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    January 25, 2001


    Rice Inc., Rodeo Rubbish, Thy Rod and Thy Staff

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    January 11, 2001

    Days of Paige

    Did Bush pick a master educator - or an overpaid front man?

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    September 28, 2000

    Going Public

    Everybody knows that HISD is supposed to be second-rate. So why are private school kids defecting back to the district that nobody wanted?

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    May 25, 2000

    Breaking the Mold

    What the heck is making those kids and teachers sick at T.H. Rogers?

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    October 21, 1999

    Virtual Vouchers?

    HISD's contract plan could be a test case in school choice

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    July 1, 1999

    After-School Aftershocks

    Advocates unite to tell HISD and Houston not to overlook vital program

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    April 22, 1999

    Children, Prepare Your Desk Manuals!

    Paige DMPs on the HISD bureaucracy

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    April 8, 1999
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    March 11, 1999
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    February 25, 1999

    The Fix Is In

    Are educators cheating on TAAS? Is anyone going to stop them?

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    October 29, 1998

    All Together Now

    Civic, school and business leaders unite to try to pass a massive HISD bond election

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    May 21, 1998

    (Pay)checks and (Im)balances

    Fat starting salaries! Hefty raises! HISD says its administrators deserve them.

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    May 14, 1998

    Why Johnny Might Someday Be Able to Read

    When Eldo Bergman confronted his son's reading problems, he took the scientific approach. Now he is trying to convince schools to do the same.

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    August 21, 1997

    What Went Wrong at the Rice School?

    The Rice School/La Escuela Rice was a much-touted experiment by HISDand Rice University. So far, the results haven't been encouraging.

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    February 27, 1997

    A Question of Competence

    State Comptroller John Sharp has suggested that HISD needs to fire more incompetent teachers. But as the case of Beverly Goodie shows, it's not that simple. Just how do you tell who's incompetent? And what happens when you try?

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    November 28, 1996

    Midtown Jamboree

    Why let a few conflicts of interest get in the way of a grand redevelopment scheme?

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    August 31, 1995

    Gayle Force

    A vigorous advocate for teachers and the bane of HISD administrators, confrontational union boss Gayle Fallon wields a growing power over the direction of Houston's public schools

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    July 27, 1995


    A jury finds that "outsourcing" actually meant "reprisal"

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    April 13, 1995

    Class War

    The "neighborhood school" concept is a simple one. But not in River Oaks.

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    January 19, 1995

    The Curriculum Question

    Businessman John Privett thought he had a solution to the problems of some of Houston's troubled schools. The parents wanted to try it. The teachers wanted to try it. But HISD administrators said no.

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