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 >>
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 >>
HISD students may be able to pass the test needed to graduate, but that doesn't mean they know how to read.
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
HISD board starts sounding like the BickersonsHusbands 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 >>
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 >>
Parents who bought into the TAKS hype dealt blow at HISD meeting.
Constables go after HISD students' unreturned books
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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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Margaret DowningPrediction: 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 >>
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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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 >>
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 >>
HISD got more than it bargained for when it decided to develop the Fourth Ward
Are HISD and Aramark cooking the books to feast on federal breakfast subsidies?
Not part of HISD's spin machine? No interviews for you
A lawsuit accuses HISD's former chief and a trustee of influence-peddling
Some CEP students have been locked in for years
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.
HISD settles with parents over CEP punishments
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?
How can anyone tell whether a four-year-old is gifted?
Rice Inc., Rodeo Rubbish, Thy Rod and Thy Staff
Did Bush pick a master educator - or an overpaid front man?
Everybody knows that HISD is supposed to be second-rate. So why are private school kids defecting back to the district that nobody wanted?
What the heck is making those kids and teachers sick at T.H. Rogers?
HISD's contract plan could be a test case in school choice
Advocates unite to tell HISD and Houston not to overlook vital program
Paige DMPs on the HISD bureaucracy
Are educators cheating on TAAS? Is anyone going to stop them?
Civic, school and business leaders unite to try to pass a massive HISD bond election
Fat starting salaries! Hefty raises! HISD says its administrators deserve them.
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.
The Rice School/La Escuela Rice was a much-touted experiment by HISDand Rice University. So far, the results haven't been encouraging.
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?
Why let a few conflicts of interest get in the way of a grand redevelopment scheme?
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
A jury finds that "outsourcing" actually meant "reprisal"
The "neighborhood school" concept is a simple one. But not in River Oaks.
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.