Trustee Eastman's circumlocutious misguided defense of intrusive standardized testing
HISD TEACHING VACANCIES UP AGAIN, NOW 336
ONLY FIVE ENGLISH TEACHERS ASSIGNED TO WHEATLEY HIGH
SCHOOL AND NO CERTIFIED TEACHER FOR 10TH GRADE STAAR
WHEATLEY STUDENTS THREATEN WALKOUT OVER LACK OF CERTIFIED
TENTH GRADE ENGLISH TEACHERS
*Allen Patrice Wheatley High School Tchr, English $49600
*Harris Dyan Wheatley High School Tchr, English $50600
*Martinez Sandra Wheatley High School Tchr, English $52500
*Payne-Martin Burice Wheatley High School Tchr, English $56500
*Waller Stacie Wheatley High School Tchr, English $65304
ANNA EASTMAN SHILLS FOR BIG TESTING
Apparently, the anti-testing voices of all of us with common sense are
beginning to rattle the big corporate Pearson-loving school reform-backer
Anna Eastman wrote this editorial published in the Houston Chronicle
"...Many share my righteous indignation with these practices. But unfortunately, rather than
demand that the tests themselves be examined and improved – or that our local districts
prohibit days wasted with practice tests and lockdowns for kids in untested subjects, who
ultimately miss out on valuable instruction time – folks want to drastically limit the frequency
of testing or throw the tests out altogether..."
Eastman seems to forget her votes to close neighborhood schools have had lasting
negative impact on vulnerable students.
"...The urge to retreat from an annual statewide testing system is tempting. Without tests, we
envision engaging lessons, rich curricula that combine complex problem solving with creativity,
reminiscent of an imagined schoolhouse from days gone by. I don't think we need to eschew
one to get the other. While I'd be my children's and many others' temporary hero for advocating
that way, I believe it would be a grave mistake – one that would have a devastating impact on
our most vulnerable kids..."
In choosing where to send her own kids to school, Ms. Eastman hasn't always been a champion
for the vulnerable campuses in HISD. Nor can Ms. Eastman explain why, as HISD's standardized
testing program has ballooned into weekly intrusions into the educational process, parents
with means have taken their kids out of HISD schools.
HISD is facing credit and graduation issues at many high school campuses. Perhaps, if learning
were practical, challenging, and congruent with the natural urge we all have to explore those
things we are most interested in, more kids would be in school everyday and more kids would
be lining up in graduation regalia this spring.
Of course, CVPE is crazy, just like the rest of us who feel Big Testing is exploiting our
youth under the guise of helping underprivileged children.
NO ASPIRE BONUSES GIVEN TO NON-CAMPUS BASED PERSONNEL
houstonisdwatch filed a Texas Public Information request to obtain the
names and dollar amounts awarded to non-campus based administrators
The district had no information responsive to this request.
UUAA supports increased pay for HISD police
The UUAA supports Chief Mock and his officers while being under paid. Exe. Director
Gerry Monroe states that every issue brought to the Chief is handled expeditiously.
Mr. Mock treats his staff with courtesy and respect. I've seen it first hand. But to allow
other people to make the money that the chief isn't making is a travesty. All officers
need a pay raise. They are far more important to the safety of the schools than the
pencil pushers over at W. 18th. Officers like Willie Demby at Yates need more help,
more cameras and more pay. I salute the officers that strive to keep our campuses safe.
Thank you Chief Mock
And all of the officers that lay it on the line daily.
Teach for American just can't shed it's me-first image
The disastrous impact of income inequality on public education
222 HISD police charged with protecting the safety of 28,410 HISD
employees and 213,234 students
With escalated violence in HISD schools under the leadership of the
Grier administration, the current HISD police force is grossly understaffed.
Chief Robert Mock has impressive credentials, but by Grier administration
standards where Chief of Staff Jason Spencer earns $190,550 a year,
Mock's salary of $133,900 seems underwhelming given the critical task
his department is asked to perform on a daily basis.
Spencer Jason Chief of Staff Chief of Staff, 12 M $190550
Mock Robert Police Department Chief of Police $133900
The Grier administration's revolving door of principals has allowed
incompetent individuals to assume control of campuses, regardless
of how short a tenure they have.
Principals live in fear of Grier's wrath, and requests to add police officers
or to confess there are serious safety issues on your campus is a major
no-no. Just ask veteran Principal McSwain at Lamar whose discipline and
safety issues were exposed by local media. Ask Donetrus Hill at Yates who
refused to ask for assistance from the HISD Gang Task Force.
Grier was criticized by Guilford County parents in North Carolina who
determined his schools were too loose. With stints in Sacramento,
San Diego, and Amarillo, Grier is not prepared to face the inner city
issues of poverty and violence that afflict many HISD schools.
Poverty rates remain high in big cities
Texas ranks 8th in list of states where kids go hungry
Why many inner city schools function like prisons
Role for police officers in schools
Teachers taking value-added evaluation supporters to court
Texas legislators weighing whether Pearson or ETS should get new Texas
State contract for STAAR for the next four years to be awarded next month
*Even Texas politicians have had enough of Sandry Kress
*The resurrection of Sandy Kress
*Sandy Kress, NCLB architect
Top 115 salaries in HISD as of Feb. 2, 2015
Latest HISD employee roster
Lamar High School's McSwain highest paid high school principal
UUAA WILL TESTIFY BEFORE TEA TO
ATTACK GRIER ADMINISTRATION
*Yates students will report on Donetrus Hill's unfit leadership; students who
walked out in both band and safety demonstrations will speak
*Safety concerns at Yates and throughout HISD are not being addressed
*Grier administration refuses to fund and staff HISD police to meet challenges
*Credit recovery program is in violation of federal law which forbids falsification
of government documents
*UUAA will summarize community distrust of the Grier administration and
HISD trustees by disclosing citizen complaints
HISD officials should be very concerned. UUAA has not revealed the documents
it possesses nor the conversations it has on file. It will do so at the appropriate
It's time to topple the Grier administration and the ignorant trustees who support it.
TEA will hear UUAA's grievances about the Grier administration and HISD on
March 17, 2015.
LAMAR HS UNDER PRESSURE TO CLEAN UP
*Fights recall Trustee Adams comments at board meeting regarding
Lamar's gang problems
*Lamar's McSwain is a "lead" principal for Grier. What exactly is he leading?
*1900 students transfer to Lamar from other HISD high schools; 3241 total
enrollment as of Jan. 2015
HISD acknowledges problems with kindergarten GT testing
HISD's letter to parents
Gifted and Talented test abnormalities have put hundreds of parents
ALLEGATIONS OF GHOST COURSES HAUNTS YATES HIGH SCHOOL,
HISD claims Yates' credit recovery is "routine"
UUAA says abuses in program are widespread
HISD will conduct audit
JOB WATCH: HISD still looking for 327 teachers
TWO STRIKES AND...YOU'RE BACK AT THE JOB
HISD quickly resolves accusations against Gasparello in
Student advocate Robert Kimball plans to meet with HISD officials
HISD's Gasparello makes the national press...and not in a good way
interviews with students via video cast via USA Today
HISD's longtime Principal Herlinda Garcia, a Grier pal, named
LULAC's Principal of the Year
HISD DENIES ACCUSATIONS AGAINST YATES HIGH SCHOOL
ONE OF GRIER'S SIGNATURE ACHIEVEMENTS UNDER FIRE
Greg Groogan Fox 26 Houston is investigating credit recovery
*he reported live from the Yates campus yesterday
*he received information from the UUAA and HFT that
significant numbers of Yates seniors cannot graduate
*he is also investigating credit recovery issues across HISD
Students are being told to sweep halls, clean desks
Students are not being given the opportunity to complete course work
Schools have merged credit recovery and asterisk removal programs
Original credit recovery program overview
HISD graduation labs
HISD's statement on graduation labs
Is HISD letting students cheat through its grad lab program?
Briar Forest parents unhappy with rezoning
Some Texas legislators want to make it easier for seniors who haven't
passed required state exams to graduate
Shock and awe: Has the Houston Chronicle finally taken an honest
view of HISD under Grier and the current trustees' leadership?
HISD ASPIRE Awards for 2013-14
Rob Gasparello, suspended Sharpstown
Principal, is probably getting a pass again
from the public because he is principal of
...well...Sharpstown High School
SHARPSTOWN HIGH IS THE MASCOT FOR HOW SCHOOL
REFORM DESTROYS SCHOOLS
From one superintendent to another, from one reform to the next, Sharpstown -
its teachers, students, and parents - has in many ways been ground zero for
HISD's attempts to be successful in accomplishing its core mission.
Established in 1968 to relive overcrowding at Lee High School, Sharpstown
High School became famous for a race riot in 1988. It is alleged to have
been payback for a previous racial incident.
Sharpstown and HISD officials claimed ignorance. They simpyl didn't
know that after two black students had been attacked by a white a
revenge attack was being planned by blacks.
Then in 1991 two portable buildings burned up. Arson was suspected.
In the late 90s, then HISD West Superintendent Anne Patterson sent Lee
High School counselors to Sharpstown to clean up "transcript problems."
Lee counselors found irregularities of all shapes and sizes.
To "save" Sharpstown, Ms. Patterson and HISD officials looked to....
the growing school reform movement, where else?
HISD invested $68 million dollars in a program labeled "First Things
First" that pledged to break down barriers between teachers and students,
require smaller classes, and, best of all, give students a new focus on
being in school.
You know Sharpstown was having severe student attendance problems.
Student attendance problems are always symptomatic of a looming
Superintendent Rod Paige had greater plans for his career than merely
being HISD's superintendent. He wanted to go to Washington, D.C.
He and George W. Bush, newly elected U.S. president, desperately
needed a big ol' Texas miracle.
Kenneth Cuadra, data specialist at Sharpstown, helped them create
one. In the process, student records were falsified. A long court battle
did not clear HISD. HISD did everything it could to make Cuadra the
culprit. HISD's efforts failed. Harris County prosecutors dropped the
case against Mr. Cuadra.
John Hopkins' University produced Dropout Nation. Texas ranked first
with over 1000 dropout factories.
Sharpstown and Lee High Schools made the list.
So even though there was this, and now this, many are giving the
beleaguered Sharpstown HS principal a pass.
Hany Khalil, Ruth Kravetz, and Anne Sung nail it in
critique of HISD's corporate school reform
Yes, HISD is in a precarious state and has been since the fall of 2009
"...The HISD board has invested in test prep at the expense of a rich curriculum
and precious instructional time, and instead of investing in teachers, librarians,
and counselors. This year elementary school students will take 16 district-created
practice ("benchmark") tests; older students take 30 practice tests. HISD has
earned scorn as the district that gives practice standardized tests to kindergarteners..."
HISD Trustees & Roland Fryer got one over on the HISD public
this past summer
Roland Fryer and HISD hoodwinked the public by agreeing to what, on
the surface, appeared to be a good deal for the district. But the loss of
instructional time caused by nonsensical DLA exams is much more
expensive, and detrimental, to real teaching and learning
Roland Fryer's EdLabs contract with HISD
THE KOCH-GOP THINKS OF EVERYTHING, DOESN'T IT?
Texas bill will allow teachers to kill students for destroying
Publishing giant Pearson hauls in billions in education dollars,
but do students benefit?
Retired teachers could face rising health care costs
A twitter storm may be brewing?
Anna Eastman compares bond money to
three little pigs straw house
Does that even make sense?
Harvin recently retweeted Hardin retweeted "Je Suis Charlie"
Does this mean he supports pornographic pictures of the prophet
Mohammad? Is he encouraging HISD teachers to show these cartoons?
Of course, Ms. Harris won't make her tweets public, you have to ask her
for approval. Not exactly a believer in the public's right to know, are you,
And please follow houstonisdwatch on twitter!
*Bellaire HS leads HISD in number of A.P. exams administered in 2013-14 &
82% of exams were scored 3 or better
*HSPVA has the highest percentage of enrolled students taking A.P. exams and
the highest percentage of exams (90%) earning scores of 3 or better
HISD released its comprehensive Advanced Placement report for the 2013-14 school
year on October 14, 2014
Wheatley Principal Shirley Rose-Gilliam is used to constant
change, job movement
From 7/1/2005 through 2/14/2014 Ms. Rose-Gillian served as an
principal in three different Fort Bend ISD Schools, ending her
career there as a middle school principal with nine service
years in a principal's position.
Ms. Rose-Gilliam's background information
and HISD job application
Ms. Rose-Gilliam's answers to group
HISD welcomes Dr. Rose
chron.com on Rose's hiring
abclocal on Rose's hiring
African-American news report on Rose
Did Trustee Paula Harris owe Gaither a favor?
Many red flags should have kept Gaither away from Yates HS
Jerry Gaither taught PE at Attucks about 15 years ago.He arrived with baggage -
teachers gossiped about him having been kicked out of his other schools.
I thought it was typical school gossip... until one day a female student came
screaming out of the gym and straight into the principal's office crying that Coach
Gaither had propositioned her. Our principal removed him and he never set foot
on our campus again. He was never officially fired or charged (he said/she said),
but apparently, this was what had gotten him into trouble at his previous schools.
Fast forward a couple of years and there was a story of how a male assistant
principal at Christa McAuliffe Middle School (in Fort Bend ISD) got in trouble for
telling a female teacher that she wouldn't get a favorable assessment unless
she slept with the a.p. Apparently the teacher had an audiotape of the threat
and the guy supposedly not only was fired but convicted. The a.p.'s name was
Jerry Gaither. That was the last I heard of this guy until your Yates/Gaither story.
This guy must have some friends in high places because it sounds like he's
been a predator his entire life. Probably Paula Harris's cousin or something.
Shaking my head. This district dismisses quality people by the hundreds
yet hires every incompetent and perverted individual with a pulse.
(submitted to houstonisdwatch by a colleague of Mr. Gaither's at Attucks
Middle School )
HISD'S REZONING PLANS INFURIATE PARENTS: from khou.com
SAFETY IN TERRY GRIER'S SCHOOLS?
AT SAM HOUSTON HS, NOT SO MUCH
PRINCIPAL'S LIFE THREATENED
35 CRIMINAL CASE REPORTS AT SAM HOUSTON HIGH
FOR JUST ONE SEMESTER
*car stolen from teacher's parking lot
*students in possession of controlled substances
*student in possession of stolen HISD property & marijuana
*suspect hit complainant without consent
*POWER UP LAPTOPS STOLEN
*Breaking & entering with intent to steal
*Narcotics found on campus
*arrest for bodily assault in a public school
*"threat to kill" made against student
*caller: "Female in route to kill the principal"
(houstonisdwatch obtainted this information through a Texas Public
Information Act request)
There's more assault, marijuana, threats. Click link above.
Anyone who teachers at Sam Houston High schould receive a valor
award and a bonus.
Lauren Topek of Shadowbriar shame went to Spring ISD
Lupita Hinojosa was a Mark Smith kiss up. She did his bidding at every turn, she was
nothing more than a passive-aggressive control freak. And by the way. Grier had no
use for her, he wanted to fire her years ago and probably celebrated the minute Watson
hired her in Spring. Watson also hired Lauren Topek. Anyone who's been in HISD long
enough will remember her horrendous behavior towards her janitor when she was a
principal. She was rewarded by HISD by being promoted to HR. Now she's been
rewarded again and given an executive position in Spring. Tell me why such
incompetent people always land on their feet?
Witness to the madness houstonisdwatch commenter
Terry Grier disappointed about Broad Foundation cancelling its
award for this year, especially with an election coming up
ANOTHER ONE OF GRIER'S SUPERSTARS
CREATES ANOTHER BIG MESS
Spring students graduation in peril...and who is
Spring's Chief Academic Officer? Former HISD S.S.O.
and Assistant Superintendent for School Choice
A few weeks ago it was Carmen Darville
forced to resign over inappropriate emails
making fun of fellow employees. In HISD
Ms. Rowan (Darville) was a senior manager
for teacher recruitment.
HOUSTON CHRONICLE FAILS HOUSTON AGAIN
Fox 26 carries the real story of Grier's dog and pony show yesterday
Education reporter Ericka Mellon on the scene but doesn't report
For real news about HISD follow great all over
*UUAA Army crashes
*CVPE gives real state
of schools speech
across street from Hilton
THE UUAA escorted out of Grier
State of the Schools Address.
The UUAA has shown again they have
zero fear. The Executive Director Gerry
Monroe and his small army showed up
with one mission.
DESTROY this day of celebration for
Terry Grier. They were surrounded by HISD police. Mr. MONROE QUESTIONED was
tax payer money used for this event. The answer was no. Every city politician you
could name was in the building. The threat of jail didn't quiet him down. Police were
basically begging in for the UUAA TO LEAVE. Mr. Monroe told them if I leave this floor
I will bring hell on earth to HISD. Mr. Monroe has organized his own event. THE CITY
WIDE STATE OF THE SCHOOLS ADDRESS. NEXT SAT. FEB. 21. AT THE SHAPE
CENTER ON ALMEDA. 6PM. THIS IS THE DAY HE SAYS WILL CHANGE HOW
OUR SCHOOLS ARE TREATED. The UUAA has taken the front seat in the fight.
And the driver is Gerry Monroe. Make sure you attend this event with solutions
to the problems. HISD has met their match. Monroe just won't go away. But his
efforts may make Terry Grier go away for good.
Community Voices has common
sense agenda for Grier & HISD trustees
Why aren't they listening??
In 2014-15 WE ASK HISD
Why did current Yates Principal Donetrus Hill
hire Jerry Gaither in the first place?
Jerry Gaither (Gaither Jerry Yates High School Tchr, Special Ed SC Lifeski
email@example.com Restricted Restricted XX 99999 Restricted
$76,966.00 Yates High School 8/4/2013)
Even more obvious question, given this criminal record, why was Mr.
Gaither hired on August 4, 2013, and why is he still earning his
(correction: Ms. Sheppard did not hire Mr. Gaither).
HISD TEACHER VACANCIES SHOOT UP TO 309
Cut-and-paste HISD board agenda for 2/12/2015
Grier's plan for Reduction in Force will, no doubt, please
anti-public schoolers like Harvin Moore but in light of
HISD's teacher shortages and the money the district
spends to recuit teachers, it's nothing more than a
Here's a challenge for the HISD trustees...for once, flex your
muscles, take a stand, and vote NO to Riffing in 2015-16.
UUAA does not support Riffing,,,and it will be present at
the board meeting when this issue is discussed...
Are dual credit courses as challenging as A.P. & I.B.
courses? Grier thinks so, and he's pushing for weighted
grade points for dual credit
houstonisdwatch has heard from A.P. teachers who do not
support the balancing in weight for G.P.A. purposes of
dual credit courses, administered through HISD's partnership
with H.C.C. and rigorous A.P. & I.B. classes.
Grier's proposal will get a second reading at Thursday night's
Westbury 2012 bond money used to fulfill promises HISD made
in 2002 & 2010
$8,000,000 in HISD promises to Westbury High School amended
to follow through on previous land acquisition and promises to
HISD board agenda for Feb. 12, 2015 meeting
Grier wants $4 million to study facilities; could be precursor to another
Where is the outrage in
the Milby community
cuts to Milby's 2012
capital improvements -
no swimming pool, no
Board Bond workshop claims 100% inflation hindering scope
of original bond promises
*Original 2012 bond promises made to high schools
*HISD points out other districts are experiencing unexpected
higher costs, too
Koch-GOP declare war on public education
THE GRIER ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO RESOLVE
UUAA'S CONCERNS; UUAA IS BRINGING IN THE FEDERAL
OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
How many meetings with HISD officials does one organization
need to have before it becomes very clear HISD has no interest
in responding to community concerns?
How long can District IV Trustee Paula Harris continue to throw the
proverbial finger at her constituents and suffer no consequences?
UUAA Exeuctive Director Gerry Monroe, completely aware of the
futile nature of grieving the district, followed district protocol
by filing five. Two mandate the removal of Superintendent Grier.
In addition, he has filed complaints with the U.S. Department of
Civil Rights on behalf of his constituents.
There are trustees who disagree with Paula Harris and the
Grier administration. But they have not spoken out forcefully
enough, they have not been clever enough, nor have they
put principle over the need to perpetuate the facade that
everyone in HISD is getting along.
Looks like the feds, who are already in HISD investigating financial
impropriety, Larry Marshall's pay-to-play contract involvement,
and numerous civil rights complaints will have even more to do.
Yates Principal Hill: Accused of inappropriate sexual
behavior with a male student, was cleared by HISD police
Based on being accused on inappropriate sexual relations with
a male student, Yates Principal Donetrus Hill should have been
suspended and assigned duty at the HISD warehouse
Here is the report alleging inappropriate conduct against Mr. Hill.
The investigation cleared Mr Hill but it raises several questions:
How many other HISD administrators have been accused by
a student of engaging in same sex relations with another student?
If the district believes the student bring the accusations made false
charges, why wasn't he or she disciplined according to porcedures
outlined in the HISD Code of Student Conduct?
Did Paula Hill interfere, inappropriately and in violation of HISD board
policy to ensure Mr. Hill was not suspended from the campus, as he
should have been, during the investigation?
DO THE HEAD COUNT: AT BEST, GRIER COULD GET
A 4-4-1 STALEMATE ON VOTE TO EXTEND
EXPECT GRIER TO BE GONE SOMETIME DURING 2016
The votes just aren't there to extend Terry Grier's contract again.
A lack of follow through on major projects, lack of accountability, and
a lack of academic progress commensurate with the promises made
are forces working together to end the reign of Terry Grier in HISD.
Most important of all, however, is a lack of community support for Grier's
programs and policies.
Grier's contract extended through 2016
Sure, there are votes to extend his contract. Harvin Moore, Paula Harris, Greg
Meyers, and Manuel Rodriguez have always come through for Grier.
Wanda Adams won't risk further angering of the community by voting to
extend Grier. Anna Eastman, Juliet Stipeche, and Mike Lunceford clearly
wouldn't support an extension.
Rhonda Skillern-Jones could be the wild card but Jones is not looking
favorably on Grier at this time. She is especially displeased with Grier's
choice of high schools chief Harrison Peters who, so far, has bumbled
his way through his job.
For Grier, the best he could hope for is a split vote with one abstention.
He would have no choice but to resign. The vote, however, is probably
5-4 against Grier, possibly 6-3. Rhonda Skillern-Jones wants the
support of the UUAA. So does Manuel Rodriguez.
houstonisdwatch has been told the UUAA is not going to support
Rodriguez. In fact, the UUAA is working with Latino leaders to
field a credible candidate to run against Rodriguez.
It's impossible to verify this information through TPIA requests.
houstonisdwatch learned about Grier's current tenuous status
through off-the-record conversations with key constituents.
And while I'm leaping into the future, let me put this out there:
Grier's hatchet men, the hires made because of nepotism and
favors owed, and, most especially, the vindictive principals,
assistant principals, and S.S.O.s who have contributed nothing
to real student learning - all of these individuals need to be
pink slipped when major changes occur.
School board members risked being
labeled racists if they did not vote
to give Larry Marshall a commendation
upon his exit even if they backed Gil
Ramirez in his suit against Marhall
FBI probing HISD? You betcha.
Possible reopening of Gil Ramirez's suit
confirms what houstonisdwatch has
heard: The feds are all over HISD at this time
houstonisdwatch obtained this information from a very high ranking
source in the district but is not at liberty to divulge his identify.
Houston Chronicle has the Gil Ramirez article behind a pay wall. As a
protest against the Chronicle's negligence in covering HISD, houstonisdwatch
no longer subscribes.
NAACP drops lawsuit against HISD over Jones High repurposing
Fewer top college graduates want to join Teach for America
HISD State of the Schools Feb. 15, 2015
Updated HISD enrollment report (1/30/2015)
TEA communication with HISD on class size waivers
674 Prospective Yates students transferred out last year;
only 171 transferred in
*471 black students zoned to Yates chose other schools
*122 of the 471 went to Lamar High School
*54 chose Austin High School over Yates
*25 chose Bellaire
*30 were accepted at DeBakey and chose to go there
Campus Enrollment and Capacity
Living in Zone 870
Transfers In 171
Facility Capacity 2,644
Facility Utilization 39%
American Indian 2
Asian/Pac. Is lander 2
Econ. Disadvantaged 765
Click here for a complete report on HISD's demographics, transfers in to
campuses, transfers out, etc.
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