Three abstentions? Really? You're voting on extending the contract of the man who works for you and you opt out? Decide not to have an opinion? Decide not to share your opinion? Certainly it's unlike any job review in the real world.
Last night, as expected, five members of the Houston ISD school b ... More >>
It was a veritable love fest on Thursday night as Michael Lunceford was elected the new president of the Houston ISD school board, nominated by the two trustees who had reportedly been in the running for the position themselves.
Greg Meyers nominated and Anna Eastman seconded. The board normally li ... More >>
The 101-year-old Cage Elementary building on Telephone Road may get a new lease on life with a deal Mayor Annise Parker proposed today.
The city would purchase the land and building from the Houston school district for $100,000 in credits that HISD can use to buy rights of way or other city ... More >>
Paula Harris is the Law & Order of HISD TV.If you watch Houston ISD TV, then you know school board President Paula Harris and the First Vice President Manuel Rodriguez.
They are everywhere.
For just some of the examples: Besides the televised monthly board meetings, Harris was on The Stude ... More >>
A "permanent" disagreementIn a 5-3 vote, Houston ISD trustees passed an amended motion Thursday night to return $18.5 million to principals for the 2011-12 school year with no strings attached -- but with an extra designation that the return of the money would be "permanent."
Trustee Anna Ea ... More >>
Disagreements about money and how to spend it.A majority of Houston ISD trustees meeting Monday afternoon said they want $18.5 million -- the amount of money they initially overcut from their budget -- to go back to the district's schools this fall with no restrictions on how principals shoul ... More >>
Terry Grier on the high diveIn a startling reversal of previous statements and his own avowed philosophies, Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier today released a statement that he will recommend to the school board that teachers not be evaluated by their students' test scores this next scho ... More >>
Proposed schedule change goes boomIn what had to be something of a surprise to the Houston ISD administration, school board trustees in a 4-3 vote Thursday night turned down a plan that would have standardized and changed start and stop times at the district's schools two months from now.
Su ... 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 >>
Bad news for four schools. "We're here for Stevenson," said the man standing outside the Hattie Mae White building Thursday night. He and his wife had worked to save the elementary during Superintendent Abe Saavedra's reign, but they weren't feeling so lucky tonight.
The hard times the Hous ... More >>
HISDPaula Harris gets tough with fellow board members.In a lengthy and sometimes tense board meeting that brought Houston ISD trustee Juliet Stipeche to tears, trustee Carol Mims Galloway to call for a tax increase and announce that all was not hunky dory with the board, and board President P ... More >>
Senator Rodney EllisUnder a bill proposed by Texas Senator Rodney Ellis, the Houston ISD could open up its Apollo 20 program for low-performing schools to some 60 campuses or about 20 percent of all the district's schools, extending school days and school years beyond what's called for by the ... More >>
Board reluctantly endorses Grier's planIt took three sets of votes, but in the end Houston ISD trustees in a 5-4 vote gave Superintendent Terry Grier the go-ahead on his proposal to expand the Apollo 20 program to 11 elementary schools next year.
The debate was long, with passionate argument ... More >>
A lot of questions about the future of HISD's magnet programIn a three-hour session Monday devoted to a review of a just-released report on what should be done about magnet schools in the Houston ISD, trustees discussed changing how kids are picked for magnet schools by next fall (Superintend ... More >>
Someone you haven't heard of beat someone else you haven't heard of for the District VIII board seat in the Houston school district tonight.
Attorney Juliet Stipeche topped former teacher Judith Cruz by 48 votes out of 2,032 cast, according to unofficial HISD results.
She was endorsed by the teach ... More >>
You, too, can be an HISD board member. MaybeA spiffed-up Furr High School played host to the District VIII school board candidates forum at mid-day today, as community members and some trustees got a chance to assess who might be a good choice to replace Diana Davila.Some of the Furr High School ... More >>