When Terry Grier came in as the new superintendent of Houston ISD in September 2009, many critics of the alternative schools operated by Community Education Partners were encouraged when he started questioning why the district was farming out some of its kids. At board workshops, Grier made it clea ... More >>
HISD continues to send students to CEP. Whether they go there, stay there or return successfully to their home school is anyone's guess.
The district will follow Dallas in preparing to end contract alternative education
Plus: Taking ExCEPtion
HISD cuts $2 million from CEP's lucrative deal and adds more controls.
HISD settles with parents over CEP punishments
Storage Containers, Not Ready for Prime Time, The Well Runs Dry
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?
A "Learning How to Survive (at) CEP" sidebar
HISD insists that kids sent to its alternative school should spend an entire year there, no matter what. What a crock.
Ungraded exams. Suspect scores. Departing teachers and lawsuits. Is this alternative school really passing the test on its highly touted educational claims?