Teach for America

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    After a Year Combating Human Trafficking, Houston Coffee Shop Looks for New Location to Continue Fight

    Erica Raggett always dreamed of opening a coffee shop. Every time she walked into one, she scouted the place -- sometimes aware, sometimes subconsciously. Whether as a Teach for America instructor in a north Houston middle school, or while she spent time in Philadelphia as a TFA administrator, or af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    HISD Trustees Prove They Can Go Hours Without Peeing

    Margaret DowningTrustee Michael Lunceford and Superintendent Terry Grier wade through another marathon budget meeting​Houston ISD board members resolutely stayed anchored at the board room table for hours Monday, picking through programs, considering projections (What if there's a 3.3 percent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Are Teach For America Teachers Better? $39K Later, We Still Don't Know

    Teach for America: Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't. Now pay us​Anyone who's been holding his breath waiting for the Texas Education Agency to release its evaluation of the Teach For America program in the state can let it out now -- along with a sigh of disappointment. Tasked by the Texas Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Principal Bertie Simmons Gets Her School Fixed Up (a Little), Furr Forum Hosts Trustee Candidates

    You, too, can be an HISD board member. Maybe‚ÄčA spiffed-up Furr High School played host to the District VIII school board candidates forum at mid-day today, as community members and some trustees got a chance to assess who might be a good choice to replace Diana Davila.Some of the Furr High School ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    At HISD, The Human Resources Department Is Now The "Department Of Human Talent" Department

    The HISD board is having perhaps the most boring workshop ever this morning -- talking about Human Resources.Thank God Houston Chronicle education writer Ericka Mellon is there to blog it.She reports a momentous change in HISD policy: The Human Resources Department will henceforth be known as the De ... More >>

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    These Kids Go to the Best Public High School in Houston

    This week: Our first- through fifth-place finishers

  • News

    June 19, 2003

    Taking the Plunge

    Saad Mahmoud is a Rice engineering grad. Instead of fielding $60,000-a-year job offers, he's been trading manual-labor skills for rent-free living -- while waiting out one of the worst job markets in two decades.

  • News

    July 22, 1999

    Learning Curves

    Charter school scandals are teaching Texas a hard lesson -- one the state should have known fouryears and $77 million ago

  • Music

    January 22, 1998
  • News

    December 25, 1997

    The TAAS Buster

    For years, Harriet Ball miraculously boosted the test scores of academically at-risk kids in Houston. Finally, educators across the country are taking note.

  • News

    February 27, 1997

    A Question of Competence

    State Comptroller John Sharp has suggested that HISD needs to fire more incompetent teachers. But as the case of Beverly Goodie shows, it's not that simple. Just how do you tell who's incompetent? And what happens when you try?