One teacher has been back at her job since March. Another is ready to settle with Houston ISD for a year's salary and her promise that she will never apply to work for HISD again, according to her attorney Larry Watts. But the third and fourth teachers originally accused of helping students cheat ... More >>
Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, May 26 Since approximately Labor Day 2013 -- so about six months now -- the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers ... More >>
This week the non-profit group Children at Risk released their annual school rankings, which look at Texas Education Agency to rank 7,000 schools. By their own admission, Children at Risk's analysis has its flaws. "The limitations posed by TEA data are valid criticisms for the school ranking syste ... More >>
The Atherton Elementary teaching scandal entered its next phase Monday when the attorney for the three teachers who Houston ISD trustees voted to terminate last week, filed a petition for review with the state commissioner of education and slung some serious allegations the superintendent's way. I ... More >>
photos by Marco TorresQueen Cora Dunham (center) with Les Twins at the Mrs. Carter Show Afterparty.Houston loves Beyoncé. Monday, July 15th, 2013 will forever be remembered as the night she owned H-Town, performing a monster 24-song set at a sold-out Toyota Center show. Fans lined up from early in ... More >>
The Legendary Kashmere Stage Band Fitzgerald's July 21, 2012 Craig Baldwin, the passionately loud and boisterous band director of the Kashmere Stage Band, broke his ankle recently and was forced to perform in a boot and with a cane Saturday night at Fitzgerald's in the Heights. Music, however, is a ... More >>
We've really got to thank filmmaker Mark Landsman. Not only did his 2010 documentary Thunder Soul put the story of Houston's legendary Kashmere Stage Band on to the silver screen, but it also helped revive the band itself. After reforming with a handful of Kashmere High School alumni and students t ... More >>
A Harris County grand jury today indicted two former administrators from the 2010 scandal at Key Middle School/Kashmere High School on felony offenses of "tampering with a governmental record." Dr. Delores Westmoreland, former dean of instruction at Kashmere, was indicted for three cases and fellow ... More >>
Photos by Allison WagonerL-R: Rodney Alejandro, Ronda Prince, Bun BRocks Off has always been kind of bitter about not being able to take Bun B's class at Rice University, so when we heard that he'd be speaking at Kashmere High School on Tuesday, we jumped on the opportunity to sit in. The ra ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Jack Freeman, Dallas Blocker, Leelonn, Patrick Sims, Senze Not Invited: Ja Rule This Week's Prompt: You all have had ... More >>
Magnets, you are officially under reviewâ€‹Houston ISD trustees decided to bravely step into the middle of a whole pile of poop passion today when they voted 7-0 to authorize the administration to hire an outside firm to do an audit of the district's magnet school system.The discussion began with a ... More >>
Doc revitalizes Kashmere Stage Band.
Problems at two schoolsâ€‹The Texas Education Agency has declared Key Middle School and Kashmere High School "Academically Unacceptable" following an investigation into the standardized test cheating and other employee shenanigans at the schools.The TEA is reporting that "actions by some campu ... More >>
San Jac student disciplined for bomb threat.
Leo DiCaprio cutting and pasting logos on checks in Catch Me If You Can -- possible inspiration for some HISD employeesâ€‹Houston ISD is investigating more than 70 cases of falsified records in which students were recorded as transfers when they were actually dropouts, Superintendent Terry Grier tol ... More >>
â€‹During the sixth and seventh periods, students at Key Middle School could go to in-school dances, that's if they had enough cash to get in to the festivities which occurred every week, two weeks or month according to different witness accounts.Even though Houston ISD policy forbids graduation cer ... More >>
The Houston ISD is investigating current and former employees at Key Middle School for alleged cheating on the TAKS test at Key. Some of those former employees ended up at Kashmere High School which the district is also investigating in regard to unathorized removal of computer equipment ... More >>
Video and photos by John Seaborn Gray; music by Miss Leslie & Her Juke-Jointers Monday afternoon, Rocks Off headed down to Reliant Park to participate in the annual Reliant Rodeo Round-Up, a competition between local media "personalities" - Rocks Off supposes that's an appropriate term, thou ... More >>
Here are a few more details about this weekendâ€™s reunion of â€śTexas Thunder Soulâ€ť titans the Kashmere Stage Band. Tomorrow afternoonâ€™s performance at Kashmere High School is open to KHS students and faculty only, but Saturday night the KSB alumni will headline a gala reception and fundraiser ... More >>
Budget cutbacks threaten one city program that works
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Jessie Phillips wants more than a not-guilty verdict in a five-year quest to clear his name
Decades down the line, Sherman Robertson has finally made an album he likes