In the end, all the cute kids and impassioned adults in turns eloquent and stumbling as they rushed their way through speeches compressed to one-minute increments, came to nothing last night when the Houston ISD school board voted to go along with Superintendent Terry Grier's reallocation of funding ... More >>
In the penultimate episode before the upcoming June 19 school board decision on changing the Houston ISD magnet school funding formula, a number of parents and students turned out last night to ask the question: if these programs are working so well why does HISD want to destroy them? "I am a sing ... More >>
Members of the Houston ISD community upset about proposed changes in funding for magnet programs throughout the district will have one more week to marshal their persuasive skills and move trustees away from the changes proposed by Superintendent Terry Grier. Board President Juliet Stipeche on Mon ... More >>
The axman comethThere was no talk of raising taxes as Houston ISD trustees reviewed a list of proposed reductions to the district's budget next year and prepared to approve the first step in a notification process calling for fewer teachers by fall 2011. Cuts to schools alone came in at $65 m ... More >>
Margaret DowningTerry Grier and the board face tough financial decisionsHigher 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 >>
Some magnets are in the crosshairsThe great magnets of the Houston ISD -- DeBakey, HSPVA, Carnegie Vanguard, T.H. Rogers -- have nothing to fear from any remodeling of the district's magnet program, Superintendent Terry Grier declared at a media roundtable Tuesday.Schools that make him go "wow" a ... More >>
Photo by Bobette RinerHoles 18 feet deep for supportA school courtyard in Houston can very well be the last place you'd want to spend time, given the heat that can dominate most of the academic year. But what if you're a 12-year-old forced to wear a suit, while playing a cello, no less? Or in a ... More >>
Word on the street from Friends of Hair Balls is that there's a lot of pro-active housecleaning going on by the regional superintendents in advance of the new Houston ISD superintendent's arrival. Just one case in point seems to be Cathryn White, the principal at acclaimed T.H. Rogers ... More >>
Readers weigh in on the principal at T.H. Rogers
The results are in from the Houston ISD survey of teachers at T.H. Rogers, the school where teachers and the local union have circulated increasingly loud complaints that their principal, Dr. Cathryn White is an intimidating, arrogant taskmaster who needs to see the error of her ways, if not just le ... More >>
T.H. Rogers is known as a pretty great school, in or out of the Houston Independent School District. But as my column this week ("Let the Record Reflect") shows, the principal there, Dr. Cathryn White, is at odds with several of her teachers.Quoted in the story is the Regional Supervisor who oversee ... More >>
This isn't the first time T.H. Rogers Principal Cathryn White has been accused of intimidating disregard for teachers and parents.
HISD parents want information about possible changes in the GT/Vanguard program. The administration calls any fears baseless.
Stats show how district policies help whites with educational opportunities
Plus: Junk Food, Junk Suits; Pigeon Hold, Meds for the Poor
HISD's Stripling stalls while opposing sides clamor for a decision about the T.H. Rogers playground
Plus: Over Troubled Waters, Season of Discontent, Rump Roast
Plus: Osteen's Off, Extra Innings at Rogers, All That Jazz
Plus: Movie Props, Blame the Magnets, Crossed Out
Plus: Driving Him Mad, Cable Curse, Gay Players
Plus: Buck Rogers, Harvesting Knowledge, Star Pizza Resolve
Plus: Playing Hardball, Clam Dip, The Bridegroom Responds
Behind the scenes, HISD trustee Shadwick and influential good ol' boys work to do good. And they probably have -- though maybe not for everyone.
HISD's T.H. Rogers
What the heck is making those kids and teachers sick at T.H. Rogers?
Park trees make a last stand against HISD expansion