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  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Expelled Students Sue University of Houston Over Sexual Assault Investigation

    The night of November 19, 2011, Ryan McConnell went to the Den, a pub near the University of Houston campus, for some drinks with friends. There McConnell met a fellow UH student, and, after several drinks, talking led to kissing. The two eventually got so drunk a bartender told them to leave. McC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Why Do Robberies Keep Climbing at University of Houston?

    Ask any University of Houston student about the main campus and they'll acknowledge that they find it a little sketchy outside,especially at night. Not to do any Third Ward bashing. We know the Tre's steadily working its way to up-and-coming neighborhood status. We know you see those brand new condo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Nation of Preschool Troublemakers

    Texas is fighting a war on multiple fronts: The war against women, the war against minorities, the war against the middle class. Who could have imagined our educational system would wage a war against preschoolers? If we trust in the latest data from U.S. Department of Education, it appears that 4-y ... More >>

  • News

    September 12, 2013

    Animal Magnetism

    You Have 51 animals in your home, claim to run a no-kill shelter and you write notes to your dead veterinarian? Sounds fine.

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    So You Have 51 Animals in Your Rented Home, Claim to Run a No-Kill Shelter, and You Write Notes to Your Dead Veterinarian? Nah, No Reason to Think Those Animals Aren't OK!

    Last month, Almita Flores of Houston found a gorgeous yellow lab. She says she posted flyers in her neighborhood, as well as a notice on Craigslist, but never heard from anyone claiming to be the owner. After two weeks, she says, the dog -- who she decided to call Max -- got out of her gate, only to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Dan Patrick Tries An End-Run On His Plan To Give Texas Students Taxpayer-Funded Scholarships To Private & Parochial Schools

    Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is determined to get his taxpayer-funded scholarship bill through the Senate, and he's even willing to scale it back to do so. Patrick, with few members of the Senate Education Committee but plenty of audience, laid out Senate Bill 23 yesterday The bill, co-sponsored wi ... More >>

  • News

    August 2, 2012

    Barbarians in the Ivory Tower

    America's for-profit colleges offer education only a con man (or a congressman) could love.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Ka-Ching! UH-Downtown Gets $3.2 Million Federal Grant

    The University of Houston-Downtown has been awarded a $3.2 million federal grant earmarked for first-generation Hispanic students. The university is one of only 19 in the nation (and three in the state) to receive the U.S. Department of Education grant, administered through the the Title V Developi ... More >>

  • News

    May 31, 2012

    Protecting Gay Kids

    Schools are finally getting tougher on gay bullying.

  • News

    December 22, 2011

    Mistaken Identities

    Being a Sikh means you get called a terrorist because your hair is bound up in a turban on your head. Now imagine being a Sikh teenager in Texas, where if you follow your faith you'll never blend in.

  • News

    November 24, 2011

    Entitled to What?

    The Ochoas are hardworking, taxpaying U.S. citizens who have taught their kids English. Why, they ask, should they be penalized for that?

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Rick Perry Tries to Raise Money Off His Debate Disaster (with Video)

    Also forgot his "no more debates" plan.​When you've provided the signature moment of your doomed campaign in a national debate, what do you do? Try to make some money off it. Rick Perry stumbled badly -- like Gerald Ford badly, like Admiral Stockdale badly -- in last night's GOP debate. He c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Between Passing Standards and State Funding, HISD Remains in Free Fall

    Margaret DowningHISD Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett warns there's no tax increase -- yet.​It wasn't just the budget numbers that remain in free fall as Houston ISD trustees discovered at today's agenda workshop. Next fall, board members and Superintendent Terry Grier's administration ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2010

    Prison Pays

    Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    National Group Accuses HISD Of Not Treating Girls' Sports Equally

    HISD taken to task​The National Women's Law Center has filed complaints against the Houston school district and 11 others across the nation, claiming the entities violate Title IX by failing to fund and treat girls' sports equally to boys'. "These complaints, which are based on the schools' o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    HISD's Very Own Blackboard Jungle

    ​Fondren Middle School is "a blackboard jungle. The efforts that are required there are Herculean...The kids at Fondren have to learn how to come to school and where the school is located."Trustee Larry Marshall, not known for mincing words when he considers something unacceptable (famous Larr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    As A Big Student-Loan Deadline Looms, Be Sure You're Using The Right Web Site

    ​Do you enjoy wasting hours when you're trying to meet a tight deadline to get federal aid for a college loan? Just log on to, and sign up for an ID, then spend hours getting material to answer all their questions. Ignore the many times an ad pops up, trying to sell you "professional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Yet Another Piece Of Good News For TSU

    Photo courtesy TSUSheila Jackson Lee and TSU officials announce their big news​What's this? Good news two months in a row from TSU? The world spins crazily on its axis.Last month the embattled institution found out it had been taken off probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    HISD: Too Big For Mere Texas Meetings

    The Texas Association of School Administrators is a high-powered organization of superintendents and other education bureaucrats. They recently held an important legislative conference in Austin, dealing with pressing issues like stimulus funds.Attendees got updates from key state senators and reps, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Fanfare For The Area Man

    The Sealy Times gets today's award for most-Onion like headline: "Local Man Joins Presidential Race" That big-dreamin' local man is a Houston native -- Thaddaus Hill, who heads the Madisonian-Federalist Party. Hill is a political science professor at Blinn College. He admits he's not measuring th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    This Just In: Terry Abbott Leaves HISD

    Terry Abbott, for years the spokesman for the alleged “Houston Miracle” of HISD, the man who spun Rod Paige into a conservative saint serving well above his abilities as U.S. Department of Education, is leaving the school district. Abbott announced in a press release the official confirmation o ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 27, 2007

    Mexican-American Culture

    Special Back-to-School Edicin

  • News

    April 19, 2007

    Locked & Unloaded

    The NRA, the ACLU and HPD

  • News

    February 22, 2007

    Homeless in Suburbia

    Michael Lyddon slept on this bench at night because he had nowhere else to go. According to elected officials in Fort Bend, though, he doesn't exist

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    These Kids Go to the Best Public High School in Houston

    This week: Our first- through fifth-place finishers

  • Culture

    October 6, 2005

    Keepin' On

    New Orleans artists find refuge -- and studios -- in Houston

  • News

    August 28, 2003


    HISD shuts down a program for visually impaired students and strips its teacher of her job

  • News

    July 24, 2003

    Paige Boy Returns

    HISD's most aggressive marketer comes back to help

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Wake-Up Call

    The TAKS field test results were so gawd-awful they may become a catalyst for good

  • News

    October 25, 2001

    Hail to the Chiefs

    Rod Paige searches for the perfect image, and CEP wiggles in even closer to the power source -- wherever it can find it

  • News

    October 18, 2001

    But Who's Counting?

    Thousands of students disappear from our schools yearly, but the TEA insists they're not dropouts

  • News

    January 25, 2001


    Rice Inc., Rodeo Rubbish, Thy Rod and Thy Staff

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Puff It Up

    Anchors have feelings - and a flair for fashion!

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Spring Time for Ben and Betti?

    Time's running out on commutation efforts

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Days of Paige

    Did Bush pick a master educator - or an overpaid front man?

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • News

    April 6, 2000


    HISD's bilingual policy can leave Spanish-speaking kids in a language lurch

  • News

    September 30, 1999

    Term Limits: The Next Generation

    A fractious bunch fills the city ballot, but the blood flies in District H

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Affirmative Action for Whom?

    UH's score on the EEOC raises credibility questions

  • News

    April 23, 1998

    After-School Limbo

    Middle schoolers are often left to their own devices

  • News

    April 17, 1997
  • News

    January 2, 1997

    No Problem, Man...

    James Douglas has a plan to return TSU to itsformer glory. But first, he's got to keep the school out of bankruptcy and conservatorship.