HISD didn't just absorb North Forest out of the goodness of its heart. There's some real benefits in the acquisition to the mega district and its superintendent. Hopefully for the kids as well.
Last week, Democratic Sen. Eddie Lucio apparently reneged on his commitment to file a school voucher bill. Lucio's flip-flop not only killed any pretense of bipartisanship with this controversial measure, but it left Sen. Dan Patrick, head of the Senate Eduction Committee, scrambling to find someone ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry didn't go safe and sound when picking a new commissioner of the Texas Education Agency -- instead he's installed bomb-throwing Tea Party favorite Michael Williams. The former Railroad Commission chair has been nosing around a few political options in the past couple of years -- ... More >>
The deadline is looming for the next round of the Race to the Top, a program federal education department officials all but admit was drafted for Houston Independent School District after Texas refused to compete for federal grants. When Education Secretary Arne Duncan hinted such a district-based ... More >>
If there's anything that can fix public education, it's yet another standardized test with a bizarre acronym. Forget TAAS and TAKS -- get used to hearing about STAAR. (The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, of course.) The Houston school district says STAAR is "much more rigorous" t ... More >>
Cross-party Republican spats may take all the energy out of any effort to fix public school finance and high-stakes testing next session. When lawmakers announced cuts of up to $10 billion from public education last session, parents and teachers rallied at the Capitol under the Save our Schools ban ... More >>
The Texas Education Agency's plan to have the Houston school district absorb the chronically troubled North Forest district has been shelved, for now at least. TEA commissioner Robert Scott informed HISD by letter today that merging with NFISD "is no longer an option," HISD spokesman Jason Spencer ... More >>
North Forest is now part of HISD.The Houston school district, which like every district in Texas these days has enough on its plate, got a new problem handed to it today -- the state ordered it to annex the troubled North Forest ISD. North Forest has struggled for years with poor performance ... More >>
North Forest ISD will be shutting down for good soon.George McShan, who spent two years guiding the North Forest Independent School District toward stability, is not shocked to see the state seek its closure. Last week, Commissioner Robert Scott ordered the beleaguered school district be shu ... More >>
Photo courtesy HISDCarol Mims Galloway doesn't want to get dumped onHouston ISD trustee Carol Mims Galloway made it very clear at Thursday's school board meeting that she isn't all that happy with the district riding to the rescue of the kids at the failed charter school, Benji's Academy by putti ... More >>
Photo by Margaret DowningLawrence Allen (L) and Greg MeyersThe Houston ISD employees who were asked to draft a resolution asking the State Board of Education to step back from the changes it made recently in the proposed social studies curriculum for public school students, told the Houston s ... More >>
Investigations are essentially complete into the Key Middle School/Kashmere High School fiasco Superintendent Terry Grier said Tuesday. All except for the part that HISD investigators have discovered that at least one other person and perhaps two were also involved in the multitude of alleged pr ... More >>
Photo by cliff1066Last week saw the first volley of TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) testing for public high schoolers. Crucial to the success of the mission was a ruling from State Education Commissioner Robert Scott that yes, bathroom breaks are allowed during the testing. The Texas ... More >>
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When he was young, William Simon wanted to change the world. The late University of Houston sociology professor changed the way we view sex instead.