Texas is fighting a war on multiple fronts: The war against women, the war against minorities, the war against the middle class. Who could have imagined our educational system would wage a war against preschoolers? If we trust in the latest data from U.S. Department of Education, it appears that 4-y ... More >>
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 >>
The Ochoas are hardworking, taxpaying U.S. citizens who have taught their kids English. Why, they ask, should they be penalized for that?
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. Photo by Margaret Downing 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 >>
Okay, "Yoseph," time to make funny
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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 >>
It turns out Susan Landry, head of the State Center for Early Childhood Development, who has recently received a lot of publicity throughout Texas because the pre-K program she runs is said to be three times as expensive as the usual pre-school program, was recognized last year by the University of ... More >>
Kelly Martinez, the Spring Branch woman whose sons couldn't get into the school she wanted because they spoke English (see update below), met with the principal of Edgewood Elementary this morning. Nothing new was offered for her oldest son, but the school will allow Martinez's youngest son to att ... More >>
Kelly Martinez can't find an elementary school in the Spring Branch Independent School District for her two sons – ages 6 and 4 – because they don't speak Spanish. Edgewood Elementary, Martinez's zoned school, is 95 percent Hispanic, and last week a school official told her that the school didn ... More >>
Three things you don't expect to happen when the TV stations are full of doom-ish news about how The Day After Tomorrow is today: 1) The Bolivar Ferry is running, for crissake. 2) The Galveston Causeway is open to traffic. 3) Restaurants in Kemah will be open for lunch. What's next? The Anorexic ... More >>
Mickey Mouse and friends invade the Toyota Center
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Eddie Murphy plays Daddy, once more, just be "Cos"
How can anyone tell whether a four-year-old is gifted?
At Anderson Elementary, students are packed into classrooms, hallways and portable buildings as educators struggle to manage a school with too many kids
Upping the ParishScope on the gala that raised more whoopee than wampum