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It Appears HISD's Decision is No Longer Operative and We're in the Middle of a Do-Over on Interim Superintendent

2 years ago by Margaret Downing
Later today, on the very day that former Superintendent Abe Saavedra was to take over the reins once again of the Houston ISD, trustees are expected to take back their decision on demoting Grenita Lathan as interim superintendent and replacing her with Saavedra. A 5 p.m. press conference has been...
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HISD Trustees Replace Interim Superintendent Amid Charges the Board is Racially Divided

2 years ago by Margaret Downing
It was ugly to watch and listen to. It was the Houston ISD trustees meeting at their all time dysfunctional worst, with some trustees exploding with heated accusations of duplicity and racism at others. And it was an official acknowledgement by African-American trustees that there is a racial divide between...
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HISD Trustees Perform a Mass Mea Culpa, Apologize and Welcome Back Grenita Lathan

2 years ago by Margaret Downing
With pledges of transparency, with acknowledgement they have let down the community, and with vows to do better, the nine members of the Houston ISD school board lined up Monday night to announce that they are reinstating Dr. Grenita Lathan as interim superintendent. "As we move forward we cannot change...
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Abelardo Saavedra

For too many years, Houston school superintendents have depended on spin to save them from problems. Abelardo Saavedra, finishing his first year in the position at HISD, has shown a welcome ability to deal with controversy rather than just duck it. He addressed persistent stories about widespread cheating on standardized...
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Swine Flu Closes Three HISD Schools, Episcopal High -- And All Of Fort Worth ISD (UPDATED)

12 years ago by Richard Connelly
HISD has announced two schools have closed until further notice because of possible -- but not confirmed -- cases of swine flu.Harvard Elementary and Hamilton Middle School, both in the Heights, are the schools."Late last night the City of Houston Health Department informed HISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra of two probable,...
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HISD Gives Out Bonuses Like They're Going Out Of Style

12 years ago by Richard Connelly
You should feel really bad if you work for HISD and you didn't get a bonus this year.The school district announced this morning that 88 percent of eligible employees got a bonus because of the "tremendous academic growth of its students."The total handed out rose from $24 million last year...
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Perhaps An End to Bus Stops As We Know Them

14 years ago by Houston Press
Every school day, the Houston Independent School District sends out 800 school buses to transport about 35,000 students, picking them up from 2,100 school bus stops along the way. And as anyone who hasn’t been home schooled knows, time spent waiting at a school bus stop can sometimes be likened...
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Report Card for All HISD Schools

14 years ago by Houston Press
For the fifth year in a row, Sam Houston High School has been rated “Academically Unacceptable” in the Texas Education Agency’s annual assessment of the state’s schools announced today. The school still will open in the fall, thanks to the reprieve it got in June from the HISD school board...
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Time Out, Mack

16 years ago by Richard Connelly
Mack Brown is everyone's favorite football coach, as long as you limit the universe to haters of the University of Texas. His screechy voice is forever droning out excuses for why his team can dominate the recruiting wars every year but can't seem to get close to a national championship...
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On Second Thought

16 years ago by Richard Connelly
Does anyone know a good whiplash doctor? They're going to need one at the Houston school district, where soft-tissue injuries are rampant -- especially in the public relations department -- over the Breakfast in the Classroom fiasco. When the Houston Press first broke the story about how the district and...

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