You know what'd be interesting? Seeing a Health Department inspection of Minute Maid Park. We worked there a few years back, so nothing the city might turn up would surprise us at all (except maybe Carlos Beltran's personality, or Drayton's buried treasure). I guess when your average nightly attenda ... More >>
Margaret DowningHISD Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett warns there's no tax increase -- yet.It wasn't just the budget numbers that remain in free fall as Houston ISD trustees discovered at today's agenda workshop. Next fall, board members and Superintendent Terry Grier's administration ... More >>
Photo by Margaret DowningTerry Grier says big cuts are comingRaising the tax rate? Cutting the homestead exemption?
Both possibilities were discussed -- and not outright dismissed -- as Houston ISD trustees bleakly considered the ramifications for HISD in wake of the Houston budget filed We ... More >>
UPDATE: News flash from Houston ISD: Summer School will go on, just maybe not in the way it previously operated. And the $19 million shortfall may not be quite that high. See end of post.
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Terry Grier: you're on your own, principalsHouston ISD principals are going ... More >>
Houston ISD's tax rolls look to be down 4.32 percent in the next year, with a loss of almost $5 billion in assessed values for 2011 over 2010. Most of the lost money is coming from lowered commercial property values, with the least decrease among residential property owners.Things could be even w ... More >>
Photo courtesy HISDThe Houston school board plans to vote later today on $121.5 million in school improvements over and above the projects approved in the 2007 bond election.Because each of the nine trustee districts has exactly the same amount of overcrowding/undercrowding and facilities in need ... More >>
When last Hair Balls looked into the sudden closure of the Human Development Lab, UH's venerable and acclaimed (if ominously named) pre-school, the situation was just starting to simmer. By now the stew over on Wheeler is on full boil. A Save HDLS web site has been created, and parents have proteste ... More >>
There is an acclaimed -- if ominously titled -- place on the UH campus called the "Human Development Lab." No cyborgs are created there (that we know of); instead it's a pre-school where UH students in relevant majors can come in and watch, often behind a two-way mirror, as tots grow up and learn.No ... More >>
By now, most everyone has heard something of the off-the-mike November conversation between Texas Education Agency Deputy Comissioner Lizzette Reynolds and Associate Deputy Commissioner Gina Day that was made public last week. After a very brief meeting, someone forgot to turn off her microphone and ... More >>