• Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    HISD Magnets Get One More Week to Plead Their Case, Teachers to Get a New Set of Evaluation Rules

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    HFT Survey Says Houston ISD Teachers Will Bolt if Pay is Based on Teacher Evaluations

    Continuing their criticism of the evaluation system used to determine teacher bonuses in the Houston ISD, the Houston branch of the American Federation of Teachers Thursday released survey results that clearly show a high level of front-line educator disgruntlement in the district. On May 1, the H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Dewhurst Thinks Teachers Have It Just Great in Texas, Except When He Didn't

    Teachers are use to working long hours, attending parent teacher conferences, and sometimes sacrificing their personal lives to teach. They don't earn millions of dollars each year like basketball players or actors but the passion they have for education and making a difference is what drives them t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    The Onion Skewers Teach For America

    Sometimes The Onion does a marvelous job in skewering an issue in just a few words and its effort on Teach For America is one such gloriously satirical case. In it, a fresh-faced college girl writes about "My Year Volunteering As A Teacher Helped Educate A New Generation Of Underprivileged Kids," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Terry Grier Doesn't Want To Hire Back HISD Teachers

    Good luck with that mortgage, teachers​Right up to the end of the lengthy budget process this spring, Houston ISD trustees were assured by Superintendent Terry Grier and his administrators that if the district's calculations were off, if HISD got more money from the state than expected, then o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Terry Grier: He Flips, He Dips, He Does a 180 on Test Scores

    Terry Grier on the high dive​In a startling reversal of previous statements and his own avowed philosophies, Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier today released a statement that he will recommend to the school board that teachers not be evaluated by their students' test scores this next scho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Texas School Buying "Smurf Turf" Football Field; Superintendent Speaks To Criticisms

    "Smurf turf" is coming to Canutillo High. ​West Texas' Canutillo Independent School District hasn't been bringing in much green of late so they've decided to sing the $350,000 blues. Last week, CISD board of trustees approved the installation of a "smurf turf" field that will replace, for "s ... More >>

  • News

    February 10, 2011

    Useless Report

    Study of Teach For America's worth says little.

  • 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

    January 7, 2011

    Female Teachers Sexing Students: The Seven Types Of Internet Commenters

    Heather Merritt: The inevitable hittability debate ensues​Heather Dawn Merritt, a biology teacher in Paris, Texas, has been sentenced to three years for having sex with an underaged student. It's not exactly news these days, but such stories seem irresistible to the Web. And although the Pari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Teach For America: TEA Undertakes Audit

    TFA: It's about to be audited​The Texas Education Agency has until January 31 to submit a report to the Texas Legislature that asks whether the much lauded Teach for America is doing much good for the low-income students in Texas. The Lege allocated TFA $8 million over last year and this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    HISD Looks to Trim Summer School Costs

    No dogs allowed​An initial -- and not yet approved -- plan presented to Houston ISD board members today calls for cutting summer school expenditures from more than $26 million to either $11 million or $15 million for 2011.At the same time, principals are being told that the money they have been ho ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 8, 2009


    What do you do when you're overworked and underpaid? Make a mockumentary, of course

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    Driftwood, Texas -- Not A Gay Mecca, But Maybe An Inspiration, a blog devoted to posting true stories about gay people, by gay people, caught our eye when Patrick from Galveston posted an entertaining story last week. Apparently, high school teachers in Galveston can't tell the difference between homosexuality and African-American heritage. ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    Still Hiring – the Houston School District

    The Houston Independent School District has another information session planned for Monday, October 27 to talk about the alternative certification path for a teaching career. All you need is a bachelor’s degree and an interest in teaching. According to Interim Press Secretary Norm Uhl, the progra ... More >>