Larry Marshall

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Federal Case Against Trustee Larry Marshall and HISD Dismissed by Judge

    Houston ISD trustee Larry Marshall and HISD itself got happy, happy news Tuesday when U.S. District Court Judge Keith P. Ellison dismissed all claims against them filed by Gil Ramirez Group and Gil Ramirez Jr. in late 2010. In the lawsuit, Ramirez and his firm had alleged that Eva Jackson of RHJ-J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    HISD's Grier Scores a Semi-Win in Contract Extension, Three Trustees Search for Their Cojones

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Was Larry Marshall's Campaign Treasurer Doing His Laundry?

    Laundry day​A local construction company taken off the list of approved contractors for the Houston ISD has alleged in federal court that a rival company funneled kickback money to trustee Larry Marshall through his campaign treasurer in return for his support of that firm's work with the dist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    HISD Trustees Say Power to the Principals

    A "permanent" disagreement​In 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Most HISD Trustees Say Give the Money Back to the Schools Now

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Anna Eastman: HISD Board May Be Losing the Public Trust

    Anna Eastman calls for an audit.​Acknowledging that "the public trust that we've had is really waning" and that "there's an appearance of impropriety," Houston ISD board trustee Anna Eastman said today she believes the district should have "a third party to audit our bidding and procurement pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    HISD: New STAAR Standardized Test Will Completely Change All Curriculum

    HISD gets tested.​Texas public schools are trading the standardized test they currently use, TAKS, for a brand-new test -- one that's much harder. Said Superintendent Terry Grier, "This is probably the biggest thing that's happened in Texas education in a long, long time." This morning, five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    HISD Trustees Pass Budget, Listen as Larry Says He's Not a Mooch, Anna Says She's Not a Basher and Paula Says I'm No Judas

    Truth or Dare at HISD.​Trustee Larry Marshall denied any conflicts of interest in his trip to Costa Rica no matter what the Houston Chronicle says. Anna Eastman said she isn't a "teacher basher" even though she knows some people think she is. And Board President Paula Harris saluted her friend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    HISD Students and Parents Won't Have to Learn New Bus Times This Fall

    Proposed schedule change goes boom​In 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    At HISD, Where Teachers Are Worth Their Weight in Buses

    HISD school buses: Available for hire​At the same time as the Houston ISD administration has proposed consolidating its bus routes to save an anticipated $1.2 million in transportation costs, it also wants to enter into a contract with KIPP and Yes Prep to transport their charter school studen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Optimism 2011: HISD May Lose Less Than Expected in State Funds

    Either still in the hole or way ahead​Could the Houston ISD have cut too much? According to Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett today, the latest news from the state Legislature is that if the so-called Eissler (Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands) amendment is adopted, the district may hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    HISD Trustees Prove They Can Go Hours Without Peeing

    Margaret DowningTrustee Michael Lunceford and Superintendent Terry Grier wade through another marathon budget meeting​Houston ISD board members resolutely stayed anchored at the board room table for hours Monday, picking through programs, considering projections (What if there's a 3.3 percent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Redrawing Fiefdoms in Ye Olde HISD

    Margaret DowningGene Locke walked HISD trustees through redistricting, Chapter 1​The Hispanic population continues to boom, the Anglo drip-drip-drip away to suburbia continues, there's a small decline among African Americans in Houston ISD and the district's biggest gain percentage wise is in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    It's 'Big Girl, Big Boy Time,' HISD's Paula Harris Says

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    HISD Trustees Ask For More Data Before They Make Tough Decisions

    HISD could use some of 50 Cent's cash.​It was another lengthy trek through the budget for Houston ISD trustees this morning as board members considered good news - the shortfall from the state may be several million dollars less than first thought (but still a lot) - and not so great: employee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Higher Taxes, Fewer Teachers: HISD Readies Itself for a Tough Sell

    Margaret DowningTerry Grier and the board face tough financial decisions​Higher taxes, a sweeping change in bus times, a cut in the number of police officers in the schools and an end to special school adjustments that for the noted T.H. Rogers elementary and middle school alone would mean a l ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2011

    Casualties of War

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

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Apollo 20 Picks Up 11 Elementaries, But Not Without a Fight

    Board reluctantly endorses Grier's plan​It 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Texas Finances in Tatters, State Tells HISD It's "The New Normal"

    Get used to it​Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett passed on the new buzz phrase coming out of the state capital at today's Houston ISD workshop session: "The New Normal," which is being used to explain that the current state budget crisis isn't a transitory thing but something that will b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    HISD Trustees Wrestle With Their Magnet Report

    A lot of questions about the future of HISD's magnet program​In 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Lawrence Marshall Accused of Rigging HISD Bid Process, HISD Also Sued Under Federal RICO Statute

    Photo courtesy HISDLawrence Marshall: Accused in suit​Updated: HISD responds; see end of story. No stranger to controversy, Houston ISD school trustee Lawrence Marshall was sued in federal court today, accused of replacing contractors who'd been selected through a bid process with one of his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Magnet Schools in HISD -- The Passion, The Powder Keg

    A magnet lottery can strike fear into hearts​The word "lottery" is not just anathema to Southern Baptists. Toss it into a room filled with ardent supporters of the magnet program in the Houston Independent School District and you get a two-hour discussion about good programs (okay, toss the ... More >>

  • News

    September 16, 2010

    Beauty School Dropouts

    HISD might close cosmetology program.

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    Terry Grier Takes Aim at Cutting Beauty-School Classes at CLC

    HISD has got `em​Are classes in hair cuts and skin care -- especially if students are not actually going to pursue that as a career -- really the best use of a kid's high school years?Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier asked that question at last week's workshop agenda, focusing on the cosmeto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    HISD Magnet Schools to Get the Once Over, Trustees Decide

    Magnets, you are officially under review​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    HISD Trustees Decide to Trust District VIII Voters, Call For Election

    Trustees want you to get out there and vote for somebody.​State Representative Armando Walle appeared before the Houston ISD school board today to argue that rather than an appointment, the trustees should vote for a called election this November to fill Diana Davila's unexpired term. "We don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Principal Bertie Simmons Gets Her School Fixed Up (a Little), Furr Forum Hosts Trustee Candidates

    You, too, can be an HISD board member. Maybe​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Diana Davila's Vacated HISD Board Seat -- Let the Games Continue!

    Come one, come all​Inviting all comers who live in District VIII of the Houston ISD. Anyone who ever wanted to be a school board member is invited over to Furr High School, 520 Mercury, 77013 at 11 a.m. this Tuesday to pitch themselves and their ideas as to why they'd be the best person to replace ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    HISD Trustees Go For Guinness World Record in the Long-Winded Meetings Category

    HISD: Lots of talk, no action​If Houston ISD trustees really want to fulfill their promise of transparency, they need to start getting to the point a lot quicker in their meetings -- so that when they have something important to debate, more people are still there to hear it.Last night's meeting w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    HISD's E-Rate Report is Out, Some Mysteries Remain

    Tickets, trips, gifts to HISD board members​It's debatable what's more amazing when reading over the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm's report on ethical violations in the so-called E-rate program by Houston ISD employees and their too-tempting IT vendors -- the stuff they can verify or the alleg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    No Raises For HISD Employees

    That paycheck ain't changing next year​There won't be any raises for employees of the Houston ISD the next school year.Houston ISD trustees adopted a 2010-11 budget totaling  $1.613 billion Thursday night that Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett termed  a "survival" budget, adding th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Only 15 Percent Of HISD 9th-Graders End Up With A College Degree

    No college degree for 85 percent of HISD 9th-graders?​About 15 percent of Houston Independent School District ninth graders will get a college degree.That stark news was delivered at the board of trustees early morning workshop today to the six board members in attendance (Anna Eastman, Diana Davi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    HISD Renews CEP, Few Questions Asked

    Approved​Houston school board  trustees voted 6-1Thursday to renew HISD's contract with Community Education Partners. The roughly $14 million contract with the Nashville-based alternative schooling program for at-risk students had received harsh criticism from the League of United Latin ... 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 16, 2010

    HISD Trustees Give Grier a History Lesson

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Sounding a bit like a past-the-honeymoon-stage couple whose partners are starting to feel misunderstood and underappreciated, Superintendent Terry Grier and the Houston ISD trustees got through Thursday's board workshop with a patina of camaraderie, occasionally interrupt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Pop Tarts Buh Bye (Yes!) But What About Those Jews and Muslim Kids Who Don't Eat Pork?

    ​Pop Tarts are exiting the Houston ISD breakfast program. As Hair Balls detailed a month ago, union leader Orell Fitzsimmons attacked the district's use of Pop Tarts and other surgary, processed foods in its breakfast program at a board meeting -- and apparently made some headway.This morning, fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Long, Loud And Raw Houston School Board Meeting Leaves Few Happy

    It wasn't quite like this at last night's HISD board meeting, but it was close​In a lengthy and tumultuous school board meeting Thursday night, trustees voted 8-1 to fire Principal Mable Caleb and five other administrators and teachers from the Key/Kashmere mess, approved another 170 employe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    HISD's Very Own Blackboard Jungle

    ​Fondren Middle School is "a blackboard jungle. The efforts that are required there are Herculean...The kids at Fondren have to learn how to come to school and where the school is located."Trustee Larry Marshall, not known for mincing words when he considers something unacceptable (famous Larr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    HISD Employs Shazam-You're-a-Magnet Strategy In Effort To Save Schools

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Under a proposal unveiled today by Superintendent Terry Grier and his staff, Jones High School, for years now one of the most academically troubled schools in the Houston school district, will be turned into a science, technology, engineering and math magnet with a specia ... More >>

  • News

    March 18, 2010

    Hair Balls: $10K Down The Drain

    Plus: HISD May Say Good-bye to CEP

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    HISD Rejects Another New Source of Revenue, For Now

    Photo courtesy HISD​Is the Houston ISD Police Department about to expand its drug interdiction efforts to include the seizure of teachers' and students' cars and trucks? No, HISD has no plans for that, a laughing district spokesman Norm Uhl said this morning. Last night the board approved two m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    HISD Mulls How to Best Save Its Schools, And Ex-Board President Larry Marshall Still Tries To Run Meetings

    Photo by Margaret DowningHISD Superintendent Terry Grier​In a district where eight of its high schools and 11 of its middle schools don't even have a school counselor, the Houston Independent School District trustees got together for an agenda meeting early Thursday morning to talk "transformatio ... More >>

  • News

    March 6, 2003

    A Paige from the Past?

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

  • News

    October 25, 2001

    Hail to the Chiefs

    Rod Paige searches for the perfect image, and CEP wiggles in even closer to the power source -- wherever it can find it

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Letting Go

    HISD settles with parents over CEP punishments

  • News

    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?

  • Culture

    February 2, 1995

    Fine Times On Catfish Row

    HGO revives, and reinvents, a pleasing Porgy and Bess

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