Grier: Make drastic cuts to teacher bonus program; Up HS principals to $130,000 & starting teachers to $50,500


Ericka Mellon has report on Grier's salary proposals
Justin Fuentes was encouraged to take buy-out
In typical Grier fashion, he looked for someone to dump on as a result of Westbury's grade changing scandal. Justin Fuentes, former high school officer became the logical choice.  He is the one, after all, who advised former Westbury Principal Jason Castchings tl tell the associate teacher to assign placeholder grades.

Grier offered Fuentes a buy-out but, figuring he would outlast Grier, said no.  Grier had already assigned him to be interim Westbury principal. Now Fuentes is the fulltime chief at Westbury.

By the time next year's STAAR EOC exams are graded, Grier will be gone.

Kudos to Mr Fuentes and good luck.
$Promotions$ without interviews besmirch Houlihan's rise in HISD
NO BETTER EXAM OF NEPOTISM IN THE GRIER ADMINISTRATION THAN THIS:

"Houlihan joined Houston in 2010 and rose quickly, holding positions including principal, chief major projects officer and chief human resources officer. He has been chief academic officer for less than two months."
from WashingtonPost.com
Texas' choice of standardized test provider questioned
From Philly voice: Concerns about Pearson Rising
Pearson turns to craiglist to fnd exam graders

Houlihan impressed Montgomery County Public School officials
Houlihan didn't believe it was a good match for all sides

Waiting for 2015 STAAR results? Last year grades 3-8 results were released by HISD on June 14
600 teaching vacancies posted by HISD
Harris avoids her trustee responsibilities to community
Community groups have all but given up contacting Trustee Harris for assistance.  When Yates students walked out, she was absent.

When URBAN Executive Director Gerry Monroe wanted to meet with her, she declined.

When Dodson was being clobbered by the greedy Grier administration, she did nothing. 

An emerging group of District IV leaders have only negative comments about her, fueled by venom not usually directed an an outgoing board member.

Harris earns a comfortable salary at Schlumberger where she serves as Global Director Corporate Social Responsibility Planning. Yet she votes to disrupt the lives of HISD teachers and students by her almost 100%  support for every acton Grier takes.

She is unconcerned with firing teachers but very concerned with helping award HISD contracts to her friends.

You have to question Schlumberger's cognizance of the real work Harris has done, work evident of a lack of common decency and void of social responsibility.

houstonisdwatch has requested her emails to and from ousted Yates Principal Donetrus Hill.  She helped Hill maintain power despite the gang problems and community relations failures Hill never managed to get a handle on.
Plan to overhaul Texas public school financing dies
REAGAN HIGH SCHOOL IN THE CLEAR
My Fox Houston investigates: 90,000 grade changes at Sam Houston HS
during 2008-2009 school year

*No evidence of grade fixing at Reagan HISD auditor reports
What do you make of this?
What is being taught in HISD health classes?

*Hot Comment*
Dysfunction
He was never able to do the things in other schools districts that he was able to do here. He found the Clampetts (HISD Board Members) and he became the millionaire. So, now, he is just that arrogant to say to the board, "I do what I want to do. You are not going to buy me out, so I will continue to make you look like idiots." The nerve of this guy to curse, yell, and scream in meetings and not one board member would even say, "That is unprofessional, this is not what we do here." The board was suppose to select a leader. A person that leads by example, a professional. So, people might wonder, where has all the professionalism gone? The nerve of a superintendent not even taking the time to honor teachers. The board allowed this. People can only do what they are allowed to do. Bottom line, the board does not care. The board has placed principals in positions that should have been on a PPA as a teacher. There should be a fresh new board selected. There should be principals that are effective in place. Do not leave anyone of them sitting. This board has allowed systematic destruction that will take years to fix. Generations of students negatively affected by this leadership. 

The principals are not working hard. Many sit at their desk and boast how many board members they know. No one cares. They boast about their success that no
one else sees. They sit in their offices and laugh and joke. Then, they go on these witch hunts as if that is the bulk of their job. This is what makes a great principal in
this district. How many teachers a principal can exit? Not how many they can train effectively. Once the district is done with them, now, it is their time to be a part of the witch hunt. Meanwhile, students are in class not getting what they need. 

There are teachers that are just as backstabbing. They go above and beyond to "get the heat off of them." Some teachers sell their co-workers out and many have
seen their co-workers severely mistreated. Not one rally organized, just damn complaining that does nothing. One teacher that I know did everything in her
power to ruin her co-workers. It worked for about 3 years. Well, after the principal tired of her, then, of course, it was her turn. There are also teachers in this district
that takes advantage of the system. They do nothing to help students. They come to work and watch students do the minimum. 

This district is a district that dislikes employees that go above and beyond. Many principals do not cherish individuals that are intelligent, smart, and hardworking.
They get rid of these people. As you know, that is competition. When their hard workers try to leave, they tarnish their names. Yes, Open Transfer is a hot mess.
The lies come out because their "bread and butter" workers want out and these principals hold on to them by giving horrible recommendations. 

Between schools, there is a lack of collaboration. Principals that have great ideas just keep them to themselves while other schools suffer. You know why-because
schools are competing against each other for students. Very dumb. Instead of working together, schools work against each other when it really should be
about the students. 

Parents are manipulated on a regular basis. These board members come around pretending to care about their kids that are in failing schools. I wish one of these
parents would ask, "Would you send your child to a failing school?" The answer would be hell no. Of course, they would never answer this question. Many of the
parents within this district must do a better job of educating themselves about the rights that they have. There are students that have been retained at least 3 times
in the same grade. No one gives a damn. There are students in high school that cannot even read Cat Sat. Parents should help at home and set standards instead
of depending on the school to do everything. Some parents come to the schools about bullying. Many more should start. Many parents do not even know what is
developmentally appropriate for their children. I had a parent that was excited about her child knowing his letters and sounds by the end of 1st grade. They should have known this in Kinder. 
*Hot Comment*
"With Houlihan being named finalist for Superintendent in Maryland school district, Grier's exit shouldn't be far away. His goals in Houston were never to improve schools for Houston's students. Instead he looked to advance family and friends as well as lining his pockets with low-hanging fruit performance bonuses and lucrative out of district speaking opportunities"
HISD trustees' strategy to reduce overcrowding?
REZONING
Despite parent opposition, HISD will move forward will rezoning,

hitting elementary schools extensively
Grab and go May 14 2015 school board agenda
As expected, Zeph Capo will replace HFT's Gayle Fallon
Harris County Appraisal District reports to HISD
HELP FROM FULTON COUNTY, GA., PROSECUTORS COMING TO
INVESTIGATE GRIER ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS

ADAMS BLAMES GRIER ADMINISTRATION FOR TAKING NO
ACTION TO STOP GRADE CHANGE FRAUD IN JASON CATCHINGS' SCHOOL 

Ms. Adams, in her typical jump to generalities without solutions, discusses Westbury's
grade integrity problem which is not germane to only Westbury. Yes, Wanda, it needs
to be fixed.

You are your fellow trustees pay the Grier administration officials millions of dollars
a year. If they can't do their jobs, fire them. 

LUNCEFORD, STIPECHE: WHY HAVEN'T
YOU GONE TO FOX NEWS TO COMPLAIN
ABOUT THE GRIER ADMINISTRATION'S
ONGOING ABUSE OF STUDENTS AND
TEACHERS' TIME WITH THIS ADDITIONAL TESTING?
Going along to get along makes you part of the problem


 
Grier clone Mike Miles is "hanging on by a thread..." but Grier is safe?
GUILTY!
URBAN SCORES DIRECT HIT ON GRIER ADMINISTRATION
BY EXPOSING JASON CATCHINGS WHO NEVER DESERVED
TO BE WESTBURY'S PRINCIPAL

So what's the Grier administration going to do with golden boy Catchings?
Caught red-handed with verifiable evidence, Catchings awaits his punishment 
HISD LEGAL REVIEW
Grievances - settlements - outside counsel
HISD's teacher vacancy count: 689 jobs posted
WESTBURY'S JASON CATCHINGS IS
THE MASCOT FOR GRIER'S
FAILING PRINCIPALS

*Catchings didn't even have the guts to attend the parent meeting called
 by Westbury's PTO president to....well....investigate him
*Catchings was apparently dumb enough to sign directives to have grades 
 changed -most  likely violating federal law - for students who did little work
*Catchings runs a private business that insiders report takes him away
 from his main job as principal. In most districts except the corrupt world
 of Terry Grier, this behavior would not be tolerated.
*Jason Catchings is simply a hit man at Westbury, sent there to give Terry
 Grier the sadistic pleasure of seeing more teachers fired.
*Catchings was told to fire "up to 30 teachers" according to insiders


Request by HISD principal
to make illegal grade changes
doesn't deter HISD Board
President Rhonda Skillern-
Jones from partying in Las
Vegas at Mayweather bout



 
Maybe Westbury HS Principal
Catchings should stick with selling
fish bait?


JASON CATCHINGS MAKES HIMSELF
AND TERRY GRIER LOOK
PRETTY DAMN STUPID
*ABC 13 reports on illegal grade changing
at Westbury High School
*Greg Groogan's report on illegal grade changing
at Westbury High School

*Hot Comment*
Principal Selection/Failing Schools

How do they select principals in this district? I sat in a pre-interview. Members of the
committee simply ignored qualifications, they immediately discuss, well this candidate
made me feel relaxed-what does that have to do with raising test scores? Well, I know
this member, she is nice. I don't give two measures of passing gas who you know, does
that raise test scores. I am not sure what people are thinking when they select these people.
In the interview, the test scores, some principal inbasket was completely ignored. The
selection of the people interviewed should be based on this. The entire time the committee
was talking about how the person looked, how they made them feel comfortable. One person
even said, that person is too smart. I am livid. I can see why things go the way they go here.
I retired from corporate America and started teaching. They asked me to be on this committee
and this is what was going on. I am sure this goes on throughout the district. Pass up the strong
candidates for someone that people know or has nice teeth. This is the qualifications for effectively
running a school.
DAN PATRICK, KOCH-GOP HAVE RADICAL
AGENDA FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IN TEXAS


More money for Pre-K education in Texas? Patrick says NO

KOCH-GOP & NEO-CONFEDERATES: CHANCE TO END PUBLIC SCHOOL "ERA"
IN TEXAS


If you think Texas Republicans are sitting at the tablets writing bills as they
go, you would be attributing to them industriousness far beyond what they
actually do.

Instead, they wait for ALEC, allowed to operate with unlimited resources thanks
to the Roberts' court, to hand them completed legislation.

Koch owns the Texas government and middle class citizens will take a deep
blow.

Want to see what's coming in Texas? Take a look at public ed. in Bobby Jindal's
Louisiana or Sam Brownback's Kansas.

That's what the Koch-GOP wants for Texas. To destroy teacher unions,
they are willing to deny every child in the state an education in a public school.
NOT EVERYONE AT THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE DEFERS TO JASON SPENCER
Jason Spencer told Houston Chronicle editor Veronica Flores she was...
"essententially retaliating against my decision..."
HFT's Zeph Capo questions quality of benchmarks and the number of teachers
on PPAs
Bush Elementary rezoning questions
Paula Harris, before she disengaged from HISD, requested recognition 
for Yates Coach Luther Booker, Texas African-American sports hall of
fame inductee 
Jason & Helen Spencer are the heart of HISD's media team
In case you missed it, UUAA's Gerry Monroe discusses HISD closing schools
in the black communty

Should parents refuse to participate in this additional, unnecessary testing?
*Hot Comment*

More Testing Coming After Iowa
Quote · Apr 29 2015 6:48 PM
And you just thought testing would end next week after Iowa. Oh no, the pre-approved
assessments to fulfill the Teacher Appraisal and Development System requirement are
coming the week of May 18th. Elementary kindergarteners will take a reading, math
and writing assessment; other grades will be given science, social studies and even
a PE multiple choice test. The madness never ends.
Registrar, Catchings signed memo
demanding grade changes
Greg Groogan, My Fox Houston, goes live at five with report on illegal
grades changes requested by Jason Catchings' administration at Westbury 


The URBAN, the United Urban Alumni Association, has researched illegal
practices by the Grier administration.

It has videos of HISD students working as janitors in credit restoration programs in HISD.
Credit  restoration is not to be confused with credit asterisk removal.

Asterisk removal students have achieved passing grades but did not earn credit as a result
of excessive absences. Credit restoration students did not pass classes.

Awarding credit to students who otherwise failed courses based on their performing janitorial or
clerical work is against the law.

Westbury HS teachers, fearful for their jobs, were hesitant to bring documentation to the URBAN.
Executive Director Gerry Monroe has worked tirelessly on this issues. Ambple documentation
persuaded Greg Groogan to do a live report. Mr. Groogan
has been following this story for three months.
 
SUPPOSED OPPOSITION TO GRIER - LUNCEFORD,
STIPECHE, EASTMAN - JUST SO INCREDIBLY WEAK 

in case you didn't know, there is a cautionary tale for HISD unfolding in Dallas ISD.
Board President, Michael Solis, a former Superintendent Mike Miles' administrator,
tried to prevent his colleagues from having a discussion about firing Miles.

Dissatisfied with Solis' agenda setting as board president, three Dallas ISD trustees
 sued their board president on Monday. Judge Carl Ginsberg ruled that Solis must
conduct a board meeting to discuss Miles future. Ginsberg said the meeting must be
held Friday, May 1, 2015.

See, this is what real opposition does to a dysfunctional, out-of-control superintendent 
who is hurting kids and schools on a daily basis.

Unlike the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News does investigative journalism.
The paper has provided full coverage of the failed reign of Miles, just another Grier-clone
corporate school reformer.

The opposition to Grier on the HISD board is concerned about overstepping their authority
or generating bad press for the district.

They are so blind - Lunceford, Stipeche, Eastman - they have no clue how much they contribute
to Grier's war on children and schools going on every day.

houstonisdwatch had a conversation with a current trustee who confirmed board members
didn't want to overstep their authority.

So as they refuse to stop them, Grier's hand-picked henchman and ineffective principal
Jason Catchings (aka Catchings Hunting and Fishing) is getting "rid of" thirty teachers.
These teachers are meeting this afternoon with HFT and the UUAA to describe the
abuse they have been subjected to at Westbury. Scarborough's CAR rank under
Catchings: F.

And according to UUAA the Grier administration has targeted African-American 
teachers with more than a few years of teaching experience all over HISD.
Dan Gohl, HISD Chief Academic Officer, joins Lance Menster, Assistant
Superintendent for Professional Development as additions to the growing Grier
administrator Hall of Shame with threatening letter
*Hot Comment*
Joanna Pasternak HFT
Quote · Apr 27 2015 11:51 AM
I see a correlation: Schools with the lowest scroes are also the schools where we
get the most complaints of adminstrative abuse of employees - so being a A__ H___
doesn't result in student progress? Including PECK which got a D- while many other
campuses with even higher percentage of at risk kids scored higher.
Why do Broad  Academy superintendents like Terry Grier and DISD's
Mike Miles disregard the input of parents?
Short on transformation but disruption in abundance
What in the Sam Hill is Going on in Dallas? Diane Ravitch's blog.
UUAA ENSURES THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY
No trustee running this November is safe. Even Stipeche could
face an opponent backed by UUAA.  She is viewed as being
too unwilling to take high risk to serve her community.

Rhonda Skillern-Jones: probably challenged by Koffey Thomas
District IV:  Larry McKenzie & Davetta Daniels will compete with
  Jolanda Jones for this open seat
Manuel Rodriguez will face an aggressive candidate who will
  hammer him for his construction contractor connections and 
  almost 100% voting record to support Grier agenda
Juliet Stipeche: No opposition candidate as of yet.

Gerry Monroe, Executive Director of UUAA, now simply referred
to as The Urban, is coordinating efforts with his constituency to find
the best, most electable candidates possible. 

Bellaire High
gets A+ from
CAR


HISD's comprehensive
high school ratings:
11 passing grades; 11 Fs

2 As (BHS with A+ and Lamar with an A)
2 Bs
2 Cs
5 Ds
11 Fs
CHILDREN AT RISK RATES ORIGINAL NINE APOLLO
SCHOOLS WITH OVERALL FAILING GRADES

C-
Lee HS

D+
Sharpstown HS  

F
Jones Futures Academy 
Kashmere HS
Attucks MS
Dowling MS
Key MS 
Fondren 

DISSOLVED 
Ryan

*Grier & HISD trustees knew as early as 2011 Apollo was a failure

*Kids don't want to go to Apollo schools & parents won't force them to

*Despite Roland Fryer's dearth of good ideas to improve schools, HISD signs
 another contract with him & awards him $45,000

*Roland Fryer boasts about his "effective" work

*Super Collider: Inspired by Grier's heavy-handed rollout of new progams

Inside HCCS blasts Houston Chronicle's coverage
"The Houston Chronicle is bad...Ericka Mellon probably....worst reporter"
HISD 2015 Children at Risk school ratings
HISD's extensive contract with Aramark for food services
How can HISD justify being party to such low wages for
its cafeteria workers, many of whom rely on public
assistance programs to get by?

Children at Risk 2015 Texas school rankings to be released April 27
CHILDREN AT RISK 2015 RANKINGS DEMONSTRATE HOW SEPARATE
AND UNEQUAL HISD'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL POPULATIONS ARE
Separate and unequal PDF
Separate and unequal
Excel
DALLAS TRUSTEES REFUSE TO RUBBER STAMP SUPER
Dallas trustees clash over meeting to evaluate Superintendent Mile
DISD super removes a popular principal and trustees held parent meeting 
Lt. Gov. Patrick pushes school voucher bill, and Texas Senate approves
Quanell X wins lawsuit against Angela Box
*HISD sent letter to parents warning them not to opt our kids
from taking STAAR
*Parents say HISD bullied them
*My Fox Houston: HISD's STAAR warning letter to parents

STAAR SCORES FLAT SINCE 2011 chron.com
UUAA's Denetta Williams takes HISD to task over falsifications in egrant applications
*Hot Comment*
FED-UP-----Sat. and Sun. Tutorials
The district can't require your child to attend school on weekends. Teachers and students
are bullied into attending. Many principals asked their teachers to give up their SPRING
BREAK and tutor during those days. I am so glad that a parent is questioning this policy.
Thank you. Everything is about testing in HISD. Your child should not be punished for
failing the test. Keep your child home on the weekends and encourage other parents
to do the same. The only way this testing craze is going to stop is if more parents get
involved. I personally will not do any tutoring for the test. I will however tutor to help a
student that needs help with his/her classwork. Again, thanks for questioning and
standing up for your child.
ALEC, aiming for teachers unions, writes parent trigger laws 
Three things to know about parent trigger laws
Diane Ravitch: Parent trigger laws, five years later

Texas senate passes parent trigger bill
TEA touts "fifth and eighth graders perform well" on STAAR reading
Students opting out of STAAR

Math portion of STAAR test won't count in
state school ratings for grades 3 - 8


*Hot Comment*
Snapshot effectiveness?
Quote · Apr 23 2015 8:32 AM
5th and 8th Grade STAAR reading scores are out. 5th grade Reading HISD average 1528,
1 point increase over last years score of 1527. 2013 average was 1529 and 2012 average
was 1527 - so for 4 years the scores have been in a 2 point range. How long before the district
reports anything about the scores?
Brown, along with Bellaire's Michael McDonough and 18 other HISD principals,
received $15,000 bonuses in February 2015
ANOTHER GRIER LACKEY TRYING TO
BULLY TEACHERS: CARLOTTA BROWN
GETS SLAPPED BY HFT AND THE HISD
TRUSTEES CAN'T FIND RESOLUTION

When you regularly vote to support the abusive practices of Super-
intendent Grier and his handpicked cadre of principal/goons, you
find it so troublesome to have to vote against Grier. I mean you have
supported his abominable personnel moves for six years...why
stop now?

That's the position the spineless HISD trustees find themselves
in when faced with compelling evidence of wrong-doing by the
Grier administation's representative at Peck ES.

Kudos to HFT and the Lora Peck faculty who had the courage to
say enough is enough.

houstonisdwatch had to cite the Texas Attorney General's office
to get these documents and, at this time, there is no resolution..
Grier's tenuous tenure,,.
Currently three trustees want Grier removed. Lunceford, Stipeche,
and Eastman are definite no votes to any contract extensions. 

Wanda Adams, at this point at least, is unwilling to say she wants
Grier's contract extended.

Remember, in 2012 when HISD extended Grier's contract to 2016, the
vote was split. 

Trustee Manuel Rodriguez knows the wagons are circling around him.
He won in 2011 by just a handful of votes. He has been described by
labor leaders as the easiest trustee to defeat in 2015.

Don't underestimate the power UUAA wields at this time. Executive
Director Gerry Monroe has contacts with teachers all over the city.  He
has documentation that could incriminate the Grier administration in
grade tampering.

Finally, houstonisdwatch was advised in a confidential conversation
with an HISD trustee Grier won't be extended.
From Sterling to Walrip....because?
Principal Edward Mitchell, formerly of Sterling High School (Mitchell Edward
Sterling High School Principal, High School $98230) replaces Andria Schur at
Waltrip.

Mitchell emerges from the botched principal hiring process when the Waltrip
community was left high and dry by an inexplicable change of day from
Wednesday to Monday to gather parent input and the rush to name Mitchell
as the new Waltrip Apollo principal.

 Dear Community, 
First, let me apologize to those of you who had seen our social media notifications for the
Wednesday Community meeting and then were not notified of the change to Monday. Please
know that I take sole responsibility for the oversight. During the change in date, we were
working diligently to get updated parent letters out with report cards on Friday, in English
and Spanish with a corresponding call-out, faculty notifications and SDMC pulled together
for Friday. I did indeed forget to go back and make corrections through our social media,
and again, greatly apologize for this oversight. Please know that this is in fact one quality
that I did express as desired and needed in your next Principal. It is my hope that not only
will he/she continue the focus on growing all academics and programs in ensuring Waltrip
becomes the Best Comprehensive High School in the state, but also increases the communication
and celebrations among all stakeholders. I hope each of you will accept my sincerest apologies.
Please see the attached link of the Principal Profile that was established, as well as my letter
sent out to Parents.
 
 
Thank you,
Andria Schur
Principal, Waltrip HS
HISD is advertising to hire 683 teachers
GRIER'S FUTURE IN HISD EVEN MORE TENUOUS
SSOs and Principals should be feeling extra heat

When the new administration is finally in place and self-serving board
members like Paula Harris are gone, the new superintendent should move
quickly to eliminate the superintendent's police - otherwise referred to
as SSOs - who, even according to Grier, have contributed little to
academic progress in HISD.

Grier already has his list of principals (Waltrip's Schur is on that list)
and SSOs he plans to terminate. People like Jamie Castaneda and
Justin Fuentes are probably safe. Their promotions helped Grier avoid
heat from the Hispanic community. Other than Leo Bobadilla, there just
weren't many Hispanics on the crony gravy train for Grier to pick.

Harrison Peters, high school CEO, won't be back. The principal who should
have been fired months ago, Yates' Donetrus Hill, is looking for work in
Georgia.

But this SSO and principal elimination, Grier's spring rite of passage,
may be spinning out of his control.

Hard evidence of credit assignment fraud and forced grade changing
by HISD administrators willing to do anything to get ahead, exists.

UUAA, playing this scenario close to the vest, has the evidence.  

Of course, we all want to see copies of it. Board members have seen the
evidence. They have the list of renegade principals and SSOs who have
broken not only state law, but federal law as well.  

Tampering with student academic records is a federal offense.,

According to UUAA sources, HISD's problem with rival Atlanta's
cheating scandal.

Jail time has been given to Atlanta's miscreants.

Grier is concerned. Resigning from HISD may be the least of his
problems.
Magnet schools hock for more applicants
Yates, Austin, Scarborough are among the HISD campuses whose
magnet programs have not filled up. HISD is holding a school choice
fair this Saturday to attract parents and students. 
EASTMAN; I DIDN'T KNOW 
Waltrip community member complains about sudden change in date
of new principal attribute meeting to Trustee Eastman.

Dear Parent:
I am very sorry about this.Administration creates and maintains the
process and 
schedule. I just learned of the change late yesterday.
I've copied those in charge for an explanation.
 
Sincerely, Anna 


If Eastman just learned of the change yesterday (Tuesday, April 14),
she obviously was not planning to attend the parent meeting.

Attending important parent meetings is a fundamental task required
of trustees.
HOUSTON CHRONICLE'S MELLON ASKED FOR COPIES OF EVALUATIONS FOR
FORMER CENTRAL OFFICE PERSONNEL
 

Houston Chronicle's Ericka Mellon asked to see job evaluaions
for the following:
Michele Pola
Julie Baker
Alicia Thomas
Melinda Garrett
Arne Viramontes
Anne Best
Aggie Alvez
Tiffany Davila-Dunne
Dallas Dance
David Simmons
Orlando Riddick
Aaron Spence
Dana Bost
Dick Lindsay

Mellon made this request on Oct. 10, 2014.
*Why was she asking for evaluations of former employees
*Why did H. Chronicle readers never see this information?

HISD appears to be  taken off guard by Mellon's request
Questions from the Houston Chronicle's Cynthia Smith to
HISD about selection of student who will receive $10,000 scholarship

Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones inquires about HISD's progress
in establishing a social media monitoring platform

Nancy Gregory, Jayne Edwards & coding project
Yates Principal Hill applying for jobs in Atlanta
His protector Trustee Harris will be leaving the board in December
Texas  shows net loss of jobs
Schur asked to leave after just two years

One way to exclude parents from the process -
a strategy the Grier administration has  
perfected is to reschedule community
meetings at the last minute.

The Waltrip community meeting ostensibly
designed to hear what the community 
wants from a principal, was scheduled 
to be held Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Apparently without notice, the meeting date
was - and this tactic always results in a
diminished turnout - moved up to Monday
evening.

The pool of principal candidates, if there was
a pool, had to speed up the process as well.

Roland Fryer and Terry Grier will pull any
subterfuge they think they can get away with
to force the Apollo concept on additional
schools.

Anna Eastman is asleep at the wheel. She not
only has shown complete indifference to the
needs of the black community schools, she is
now screwing her own constituents.









 
From a Bellaire HS Insider:
"Criminal acts on campuses - not the same response" generated 
rebuttal from Bellaire.

Both students involved in the fight were suspended. The district
attorney would not take charges on the students.

In short, the school took action.
*Hot Comment*
Criminal acts on campuses- not the same response
Quote · Apr 13 2015 7:36 AM

2 students get expelled from Kipp Sunnyside for making a snapchat video hating
on others. Two different nasty and violent fights at Bellaire HS and the students get
nothing! No! Nothing..no ticket, sent home for the day, no suspension, nothing...
back at school already. Oh.. and tell PR Spencer... not even half of the "administrators"
were even on campus on Friday like reported in his statement- but good try to cover up!
Heard two administrators were out running a marathon but they are off campus every day
out running in the early afternoon. They run through my neighborhood and I see them most
everyday.

Why no action? because of the denial that these events happen on campus. HISD does
not want it written up so it is not documented so it doesn't effect ratings. A crime is a crime.
The fight on Friday and the video of the boy thrown to the floor. He was actually the instigator
and had been baiting the bigger boy who slammed the first against the floor several times.
Regardless, that boy took a hard hit to the head causing him to have a seizure.
HISD TEACHER VACANCIES RISE AGAIN, NOW 651
HISD magent program perpetuate separate, not equal
Excel file

14 taken to hospital after HISD school buses crash
Lamar HS teacher: Dr. McSwain is a caring principal
First of all, I feel very safe at Lamar.  I am a first year teacher here but I have been teaching
for 30 years in  other school districts.  There are problems everywhere and they are handled
almost the same at every school.  Do you think that poor student behavior is anything new? 
My 3rd year of teaching (1983), I had a student pick up a desk and throw it across the room. 
Ten days later, he was back in my classroom.  Please, do not blame the administration(s). 
They are doing the best they can within the framework provided by local, state, and national
regulations that handcuff schools.    I love it at Lamar.  Dr. McSwain is a caring and extremely
capable administrator for whom I am proud to work.
 
HISD MAGNET SCHOOL PROGRAMS PERPETUATE
"SEPARATE, NOT EQUAL" 

Do you believe magnet schools are doing their designated job of helping HISD achieve the goal
of racial integration?

Looking at the school rating according to Children at Risk, and comparing it with the actual
enrollment of black and white students shows striking imbalance.

In short, and probably as you expected, white students go to the best schools, black students
fill up the programs with lower ratings by Children at Risk.

Elementary school magnet enrollment profile 1
Elementary school magnet enrollment profile 2

NO SHANGRI LA HERE
Two fights at Bellaire High School caught on camera, go viral
and picked up by Click2Houston
*Hot Comment*
Race Issue - no. More of a class issue. The problems that are pervasive in urban schools
are to a great extent, the desired effect of what is wrongly called "reform". Powerful people
and their useful idiots have successfully undermined public education in the poverty stricken
urban areas across the country. Their primary motivation is to privatize the system and profit
from privatization. A secondary motivation is to create a permanent underclass that reduces
competition with the truly elite class. If there are fewer highly trained and highly educated people
competing for the best opportunities, the elites can more easily pass along wealth and status to
their children. They brilliantly named this plan "reform" and the masses bought their garbage,
hook, line, and sinker. They scapegoat teachers and are creating a teacher corps that is comprised
of young adults who will teach for less that five years and then move on to a real "profession".
This keeps teachers politically weak and because so many have no intention of remaining a
teacher, the rights of teachers are quickly diminishing. I would encourage anyone considering
entering the teaching profession to reconsider and explore other career options. There are
certainly many rewarding moments in a teacher's day. But for the most part, it's a constant
beat down.
McKenzie cites Jim Crow in HISD; shames two
board members who always vote to close schools
HE IS PERHAPS THE BEST HOPE FOR REAL REFORM IN HISD

Potential District IV trustee candidate Larry McKenzie 26:57 mark
of Citizens Hearing (use board meeting link below)
HISD April 9 board meeting video
14:25 mark of Citizens Hearing, minority contractor alleges discrimination
 in bond contract payments by Balfour Beatty group
Koch-GOP in Texas proves you can still be an idiot with a college degree
Abstinence-only education and middle-aged virgins...ah, Texas
UUAA supports Texas Parent Empowerment Act
but do Texas teachers want this bill to become law?

UUAA Executive Director addresses supporters in Austin
Texas Koch-GOP in a feeding frenzy to cut taxes, and that won't
be good for public schools
636 TEACHER VACANCIES
& 110 VACANCIES FOR "OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL"
 USES CRAIGLIST TO PROMOTE ITS PROPAGANDA

"Educate a child" should read "Ruin your career" 

WHY CAN'T WALTRIP
KEEP A PRINCIPAL??

EVEN A $119,000 SALARY IS NOT ENOUGH
TO KEEP SCHUR IN GRIER'S
CHAOTIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

Schur Andria Waltrip High School Principal,
High School $119,158

 
How many HISD media officials does it take to get the message out about
Kolters Code Award? Too many.

APRIL 9 BOARD MEETING AGENDA
Grab-and-go board agenda
Redaction is protection, and HISD gives it to Trustee Harris even when the
subject appears to be innocuous
Jason Spencer defines talking points and Greg Meyers puts himself on agenda
right behind Grier
LULAC and Children at Risk dispute HISD's dropout rate configuration. Ericka
Mellon asks questions, and the Spencers help convey HISD's figures
What is HISD's DAC, who is on it, what's its mission?
Ericka Mellon receives Jason Spencer's message on Barbara Jordan HS
But Chronicle's coverage does not highlight the disagreements about HISD's
reconfiguration nor at least one board member's complaint that the mission
of the school has been significantly changed and no longer meets orginal
intent
Ericka Mellon requests copies of audits - comprehensive, single, IT, superintendent's
travel 

Deloitte auditor cited "small finding" with Grier's travel. Did Houston Chronicle readers
ever see the audit or the results? 
Have been out of town working, without phone, now trying to catch up!
*Hot comment*
Does anyone care about students?
 · Apr 1 2015 7:33 AM
To 3rd Floor
Houlihan has risen at the expense of others in this district who weren't given
a shot at the job. What happened to the concept of posting a position and 
conducting interviews? So not only are we talking nepotism here, but we're
facing a situation where the same old people are making the same old decisions.
It's tired leadership without fresh ideas. 

As far as Peters goes, good grief, the man hasn't a clue. That was clear from day
one. But he was brought here by Shonda Huery, who talks and talks and talks but
moves nothing forward. 

Are we in a hopeless mess? Yes, and change is not a-coming until we elect a School
Board with the brains to look beyond the latest educational fad (Leverage Leadership
is just one example) and the guts to control an erratic, all-over-the-chessboard
superintendent.

SELFISH, SELF-SERVING ADMINISTRATORS WHO COULDN'T GIVE
A DAMN ABOUT KIDS POLLUTE HISD'S TOP ADMINISTRATION

Aren't these moves simply about making Andrew Houlihan, Grier's adopted
God-child, a superintendent somewhere?
*One of HISD's worst offenders who doesn't give a damn about kids or
 schools sharpens his knives for his next career jump: THAT'S YOU MENSTER!
WARNING: Before you read this crap check your gag reflex or keep a vomit
bag close by:


From: Superintendent 
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:19 PM
Subject: Message To Staff From Dr. Grier
 
 
 
Effective April 20, Chief Human Resources Officer Drew Houlihan will assume the position of Chief Academic Officer, replacing Dan Gohl, who recently accepted the same position in Broward County, Fla. Mr. Gohl will serve HISD as special assistant to the superintendent until the end of the school year, helping the district maintain the momentum of the Academics division, which, under his leadership, is successfully implementing digital curriculum, innovative teaching practices, and global education initiatives.
I am confident these positive gains will continue with Dr. Houlihan at the helm. A member of Team HISD since 2010, Dr. Houlihan previously served as Chief Officer for Major Projects and Chief School Support Officer, as well as principal of Parker Elementary School. Before joining HISD, Dr. Houlihan served in leadership roles at the local, state, and national level, in which he put teaching and learning at the forefront.
I’m also pleased to announce the addition of Gloria Cavazos to our team, replacing Dr. Houlihan as Chief Human Resources Officer on April 20. An HISD resident, Ms. Cavazos joins us from Aldine ISD, where she served as assistant superintendent of Human Resources for nine years. In her 29-year career at Aldine ISD, Ms. Cavazos served as an area superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and bilingual teacher.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Ms. Cavazos holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in mid-management from Sam Houston State University.
Ms. Cavazos oversaw Aldine ISD’s award of a major grant from the Arnold Foundation, Greater Houston Partnership, and the Houston Endowment to create and implement a new teacher evaluation system that emphasizes gains in student academic achievement. Under Ms. Cavazos’ leadership, Aldine ISD has become a leader in teacher recruitment and retention efforts, which we are excited to have her lead in HISD.
Please join me in welcoming Ms. Cavazos to Team HISD and congratulating Dr. Houlihan on his new position.
 
Sincerely,
Terry Grier
 
 
COMPLAINTS ABOUT ARAMARK
Readers have told houstonisdwatch that Aramark, the Philadelphia based
conglomerate which does everything from plumbing (ARS) to stadium food
concessions (NRG) to school cafeteria food (HISD), nows controlling all food
sales associated with HISD campuses.

Anytime a student organization, club, or even PTO wants to sell food they have
to purchase Aramark products and agree only to sell Aramark-approved items.

houstonisdwatch has filed a TPIA request to obtain HISD's contract with the
Philadelphia company. 
Paula Harris, acting in her capacity as Director, Community Affairs, Schlumberger
Giving Ericka Mellon what she needs to write spin on Arabic Immersion School
Andrew Houlihan needs to "circle up" with Jason Spencer before providing E. Mellon

with a response
Helen Spencer most likely approved Ericka Mellon's Nov. 1 2014 report on the
struggling arts in HISD

Special meeting agenda for April 2, 2015 board meeting
HISD confirms magnet notification process maybe "confusing and intimidating"
FIGHT AT BARBARA JORDAN HS AND PARENT ACCUSES HISD
of taking no preventive actions; HISD downplays incident
Parent blames bullying for HISD school fight
*Hot comment*
PROCLAMATION 2015...

HISD's solution to the problem of kids growing up in bookless homes? Take away
more school books of course

Unfortunately, I predict the situation in the district will only get worse. More students will run
to other options, and teachers will not apply to HISD for any reasons. What now? 

The Chief Academic Officer has stated that HISD will only procure books when we as a
district are unable to create and/or curate our own instructional materials using locally
developed materials, freely available online educational resources, and subscriptions
to online resources.

As part of Proclamation 2015 for secondary, the only e-book purchases
authorized at the February board meeting were for EOC courses Algebra I and US
History. I am sure you are relieved that HISD will be covering itself by making sure
they have a reference tool for the STAAR exam courses, but the rest of the courses
have now been deemed insignificant and any materials will be created by the teacher.
How is that concept of teach what I know and forget the rest working for everyone?
Mellow Monday, Test Tuesday, Work Wednesday, Tech Thursday and Film Friday...

what a way to learn government, economics, world history, geography in the global
economically integrated society we live in today, (check those secret (govt course) trade
(economics course) negotiations going on with 40 countries (geography) that is all over
the news (not the drug, murder, accident report news). Maybe this is the solution to low
skilled immigration (legal or illegal makes no difference)?

HISD is going to make our own low skilled low thinking society- I knew there had to be a
solution somewhere.

Now, I am definitely not endorsing that a textbook or an e-book is the answer to all things
educational. BUT, if a child has no or very few books in a house, is not read to, or encouraged
to read and think- just how are they going to develop those inquisitive search skills that we all
use on the computer to self-teach ourselves? Those endorsing the 21st Century schools idea
have wonderful ideas, but remember we all started with developing that curiosity to learn from
books- and from a variety of books to better synthesize and evaluate usefulness and accuracy
of information or if it even fits in with our ideology. But now, HISD is removing even that. As I predict
the future... more teachers will run because they cannot be the masters of their content when they
have packed classes with no discipline enforcement (remember HISD doesnt want to hear those
discipline problems- it hurts rankings), wide ranges of abilities and multiple preps to do this. The f
uture is more less prepared, less skilled students, more teachers running, fewer students staying
in the district. The future is looking pretty sad....
HISD has the gall to ask for a code restriction exemption to reduce
required parking spaces in the third ward

HISD's response to dwindling enrollment at Yates is to build another
school in competition with it....without doing adding programs at Yates  
Chief Middle Schools Officer Michael Cardona looking to get out of HISD
Cardona is hoping to beat out 40 other applicants for Albuquerque  superintent's
position (Cardona Michael Middle Schools Office Chief School Officer $176382.6075).

Cardona was hired by Grier in May 2012.  In the Grier administration, his almost 3-year
tenure with HISD is long.
The hypocrisy of Students First: Group uses astroturf organization to
undermine public school teachers
Pearson Education in the gutter: Testing giant accused of spying of students
during NJ's PARCC exams

UUAA Excecutive Director Gerry Monroe blasts HISD trustees for
neglecting kids (5:03 mark) 

Texas, land of plenty, still finds its education expenditure in the
bottom third of the nation

 AUSTIN — Texas has moved up several spots in spending per pupil in the U.S. thanks
to rising property values and more state funding, but its ranking in the bottom third of states
in a new study still undercuts its position in the long-running school finance case. Figures
compiled by the National Education Association and released Wednesday show that Texas
schools are spending an average $9,559 per student in the current school year. That is well
under the national average of $12,040 and ranks Texas 38th among the 50 states and District
of Columbia. 
Continue reading DallasNews.com report.
HISD's gear up for STAAR is anticlimactic 
Whatever happens this testing season some results have been
predetermined:
*HISD will spin the results as a testament to their leadership
*The trustees will search for a way to award Grier with $$$
*The division between rhetoric and results will not save the
 principals who have already made Grier's hit list
*No one in power will ask the obvious question: If you over-test
 students, how do you expect them to stay focused on the ones that count?
*The Houston Chronicle's Ericka Mellon will only write what the district
 tells her to write about the results
*When the high school EOC results are finally presented to the board,
 most of the trustees will be out of town, disinterested
*However the results are tabulated into value added stats, the teachers
 at the schools where ASPIRE money is plentiful will see windfalls;
 teachers at the schools withe the neediest students will see few bonus $$
HISD teacher vacancies shoot up to 405
HISD SNAPSHOT MESS IS ABOUT THE SAME THING
EVERY DISASTER SINCE 2010 IS ABOUT; UNDERLINGS
SELLING OUT TO PLEASE GRIER AND FRYER

The individuals who give the most - their time, passion, money - are mere
pawns in the ongoing power plays orchestrated by Roland Fryer and Terry
Grier and approved by trustees who should know better by now but don't.

HISD teachers are being forced to give intrustive, error-plagued DLAs,
or shapshot tests, with principals and SSOs monitoring the administration
process every step of the way. 

The snapshots are indeed a mess. The tests themselves are poorly written,
rife with errors, and the scope of the testing program, at first limited to
Leverage Leadership Schools, now encompasses the entire district.

Lance Menster is the chief in charge of this project in HISD. What exactly
is he trying to prove? (Menster Lance Elementary Curriculum Instruct Officer,
Curriculum & Instruct $133900)

Initially, the snapshots were designed to check the effectiveness of the
Leverage Leadership Initiative. Menster worked behind the scenes to
expand the testing, hoping to snag a higher paying position in curriculum
and instruction. Pleasing Grier and Fryer proved to be his ticket to a
$134,000 annual salary.

It's unfair to fault HISD's curriculum department for the many errors in the
tests. The staff has been directed to produce the tests quickly and send
them off to Harvard for approval. Apparently, Fryer's department isn't
big on proof-reading.  What difference do a few errors make when career
advancement is the cause du jour?

Menster is a brutal task master with these exams. He wants them done
quickly. Appeals made by his staff to lengthen the production time 
to improve the product have been ignored.

Menster has convinced two trustees he is a boy wonder. Mike Lunceford,
although he doesn't want the snapshots in his schools, believes they
are a good tool for the other trustees to have for their districts.

Anna Eastman, whose stock continues to sink with her own district
schools and parents, clings to the belief they are helping the district
improve.

By the way, it comes to houstonisdwatch on good authority that Ms.
Eastman by no means wrote the editorial in the Houston Chronicle
trying to have it both ways on testing.

As it has been described, Ms. Eastman has neither the depth of thought
nor the writing skills to produce it. 
RACIST COMMENTS MADE BY HARVIN MOORE,
GRIER FUEL THIS BATTLE 

The UUAA is keeping it's promise. The Urban is set to depart Houston on 3/17/2015.
The destination is the State Capital. The mission is simple. Reforming HISD is not an
option. Exe. Director Gerry Monroe and his army are taking 2 bases to Austin. And
knowing the The Urban there will be some in your face controversy. This group has
made in roads faster than any group in the last 30 years fighting HISD. To support any
bill is a step outside the box. And THE URBAN has the political muscle to pull it off.
Monroe stated what has motivated him more than anything were the RACIST comments
made by board member Harvin Moore and Terry Grier at the last board meeting. Stripping
them of their power to dictate will be my pleasure. The Urban is filming the whole trip for
the purpose of a documentary.Not since the civil rights movement have we Seen a group
like this. Malcolm would be proud. So sit tight as the Urban gets ready to ride off into
History. Austin will never be the same. The month of April will be Epic for The UUAA.
MORE ON THAT LATER.
Grier's reign of error: Another school chief finds
greener pastures

Dan Gohl is making a lateral move. Ericka Mellon writes that the
Broward County district is larger than HISD, but if you work for
a district in the top ten in terms of student population, how can
this move be seen as anything else but an escape?  
Board meeting video March 12, 2015
In an attempt to balance out attendance zones and reduce over-crowding,
HISD to consider changes to school zones (see Section F in agenda) 
Board will fail again to demand accountability in Haberman screening
instrument

Haberman Educational Foundation

HISD                                    District wide                         $24,000 (In-kind)         None
 
Haberman Education Foundation will provide free training events for principals
charged with the selection of teachers for their individual schools.
(from board agenda for 3/12/2015)
 
HISD touts its Hispanic student summit and provides campaign
platform for District III candidate Manuel Rodriguez
TEXAS SENATE UNDER KOCH-REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP
LAY OUT PLANS TO DESTROY PUBLIC EDUCATION

Districts like HISD are making teaching as unattractive as possible
PARENTS HAVE VALID CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY
AT LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL
Multiple reports of marijuana and xanax possession, laptop thefts, physical
violence, videotape of sex acts on campus, and even suspicion of child
pornography confirm reports of safety issues at Lamar High School
Terry Grier's Houston property on hcad.org
Listed by trulia.com

HOW IRONIC
Back in February Terry Grier agreed with union leaders that more
needs to be done in HISD to stop bullying....but his administration,
i.e. hand-picked principals and SSOs are doing most of the bullying
and Grier is the biggest bully of all.

This one has got to get the Hypocrite of 2015 award, don't you think?
While Grier's power to hire, fire, and settle remain unfettered, Dallas ISD
hopes to clip Superintendent Miles' right to determine settlements with
departing executives
What kids want: more school focus on preventing dating violence
Fasten your seat belts: Lieutenant Governor Patrick unveils first round of
education "reforms"
*more virtual learning courses
*grading campuses as well as districts with A-F ratings
*making it easier for parents to take their kids out of failing schools
*expanding online course offerings
*expanding dual credit programs 
Dry cleaner in River Oaks at center of pollution enforcement debate
Slumping oil prices take toll on Texas job growth
Allegations made against HISD administrators by advocates
for students suspected of gang activity at Sharpstown High School
describe the typical ways HISD covers its tracks

First you accuse, then you suspend, silence, and sully with suspicion. There is no better
example of "TEAM Grier" in action that the way it's handled accusations made by
non-English speaking students against one of its favorite son principals, Rob
Gasparello.

Keep in mind this isn't Mr. Gasparello's first brush with the law, nor is it his first
suspension from his job as principal of Sharpstown High School.  There are,
however, no records of criminal activity for Mr. Gasparello found as a result of
a Texas Department of Public Safety search by houstonisdwatch.

Grier and Gasparello have some kind of connection (talk among yourselves here),
and when houstonisdwatch queried HISD to uncover this connection, it was stymied
by no less than three documents defending HISD's right to withhold {potentially
damaging information from the public
}.  The Houston Chronicle and KTRK
were also snubbed in their attempts to find out why Terry Grier, who loves nothing
better than to fire employees, has come around full circle on Mr. Gasparello.

Grier even called in a favor from Randy Hardin, high-powered Houston attorney,
to defend Mr. Gasparello. (Again, talk among yourselves as to the potential nature of 
the favor for which Grier was owed).

houstonisdwatch does not know if the students are guilty or innocent, but they are being
shipped away to a DAEP.

We do know the pattern of attack. Remember when Anna Eastman was punished by
Grier when he threatened to close down elementary schools in District 1? Of course,
Ms. Eastman was against closing schools (or against closing schools in her district) 
before she was in favor of closing schools everywhere else. Yes, it does reek of
hypocrisy just as it will if it can be proven her recent editorial in the Houston Chronicle
was actually written by a Grier lackey on W. 18th St.

Seriously, an HISD trustee can't even pen her own editorial?

Eastman should know by now how Grier operates and stop voting to support people
like Roland Fryer and companies like Pearson.

Then there was Mary Nesbitt, former leader of a group that's gone totally undercover
called Parent Visionaries. Ms. Nesbitt was taking on Grier and had the connections
to know what most of us didn't. houstonisdwatch talked to her regularly in the build-
up to the 2011 board elections.

Grier's team went after Ms. Nesbitt, arranging editorials to be written about her by the
then newly formed shadow group Parents for Public Schools. Then the ever ready to
kiss Grier's butt rag called the Houston Chronicle published a supposed news story
about Ms. Nesbitt tape recording a meeting with HISD officials.

That wasn't newsworthy. What would be newsworthy is someone dumb enough to
go into a meeting with any of the HISD administrators and not tape record the proceedings.

In Texas tape recording a conversation without the other parties knowledge or
permission is allowed. In dealing with HISD, it is an absolute necessity.

houstonisdwatch doesn't know for sure but it seems likely Terry Grier's team
got a little too close to Ms. Nesbitt's husband. She balked and bailed out.

Now, Team Grier is busy working to uncover any dirt they can find on UUAA,
especially its Executive Director Gerry Monroe. Mr. Monroe told houstonisdwatch
Grier's operatives were moving in to smear his wife.

Unlike Ms. Nesbitt, Mr. Monroe isn't going to stop battling HISD. houstonisdwatch
has covered HISD for five years. The pattern of dirty tricks is so obvious. Monroe
knows the score.

So let's wind back to Mr. Gasparello and the immigrant students he allegedly
raised a hand to.  Terry Grier put him right back at Sharpstown after he was quickly
cleared. It helps to have a crackerjack attorney on your side.  Gasparello's return
draws attention away from the allegations, doesn't it?

There's another thread here but houstonisdwatch can't mention it yet. It doesn't
involve Gasparello or Sharpstown, but it does involve what makes the district
go round and round and Terry Grier stay here long past his welcome.

In this thread there are some players who might surprise you and some connections
that are well ensconced behind some nearly impenetrable walls. 

For a dictatorship to endure it must control the media. Coming up soon on
houstonisdwatch are emails which give us a glimpse of how the Grier
administration is controlling almost all of the local media, save for Greg
Groogan's brave reporting at My Fox Houston.

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST
SUPERINTENDENT GRIER... 
alleges blatant
disregard for state
graduation requirements
by eliminating .5 credit of
ECONOMICS for students
at Worthing, Jones, Sterling..




*State of Texas graduation requirements for high school students
*Complaint filed with TEA by community activitist Denetta R. Williams
NO EVIDENCE WAS PRESENTED TO PARENTS OF ALLEGED GANG ACTIVITY
LULAC alleges Intentional and Systemic Disparate Treatment
of and Discrimination against Hispanic Students on the basis
of race and national origin by Sharpstown High School Principal
and Faculty.

From LULAC's letter to HISD: 
In July 2014, complaints were filed with the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
(DOE/OCR) alleging that HISD has discriminated against Hispanics on the basis of race
and national origin. Texas League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Districts 8 &
18 are filing this complaint with you/trustees and intends to file complaints with DOE/OCR that
discrimination against Hispanics continues in HISD in 2015, especially against those classified
as English Language Learners (ESL). Or who appear to be of immigrant background or who
associate with other Latinos in any size or type of group. Students are targeted and falsely
accused of perpetuating organized criminal organizations or “gangs,” without proof and in
direct violation of the proper procedures to save these children from dropping out- not forcing
them to do so through persecution and false accusation. 

The school system and the anti-Spanish speaking culture at Sharpstown High School have all
but failed these students. It seems as though in a school district that purports to put students first,
these have been made to come in last. Certainly, if it is a challenge getting students to graduate
from Sharpstown, these students have it the worst
 
Specifically we will complain that the HISD has a long history of “pushing out” Hispanic students  
with a total disregard of Texas laws. HISD also seriously harms Hispanic students with unlawful
removal actions and in the case below, inappropriate physical contact by the school’s administration.

Full text of LULAC's letter to Terry Grier and HISD trustees
TERRY GRIER IS FAILING OUR COMMUNITY
WHEATLEY PARENT ART SMITH VOICES CONCERNS; HIS CHILD IS
CAUGHT UP IN THE WHEATELY NO-CERTIFIED-TEACHER SHUFFLE

Hello Everyone,    
     
This is Art Smith. My concern is the Stolen Instructional Time That Is Lost between qualified
teachers and non-qualified instructors is what's hindering classroom performance and 
short changing tax payers. How much lost instructional time has HISD thrown away with good
sounding excuses? I am a Parent of a 12th Grade Student at Phillis Wheatley High School. My wife
Koffey and I met with our son English Teacher Miss Allen last week because we were concerned
about how our son received an A/B Honor Roll Certificate for the first semester and then receive a
C' on his report card, for the starting of the second semester. That bothered me because my son is
so concerned about getting into College with top grades. So after my wife and I met with Miss Allen
on last Thursday, it was our surprise to hear from the English Teacher herself (Miss Allen), that she
have been taking on the task of Double Duty, by coming to the Campus everyday, giving instructions
to the Full Time Sub that has been subbing in her 12th Grade English Class while she spends everyday
on campus getting the 10th Grade Students ready for their State Mandated English STAAR Test.This
is a Cram/Crash Course, Type Style of Teaching. I told Miss Allen that this is not fair to her and if the
10th Graders doesn't the Standards to past the STAAR Test, their gonna look at her. That's not right.
I most definitely want all students to past the STAAR Test. I request that they receive quality, fair and
legal teacher from a Certified 10th Grade English Teacher, not abandoning the 12th Graders by taking
their teacher from them. This is not Fair at all to our Students (In The 10th and 12th Grade) on Phillis
Wheatley High School Campus.

According to the George W. Bush Institute and Global Education Report Card. 60% of Students Achievement
is Directly Related to the leadership of the Principal and the Teachers, therefore the staffing difficulties at
Wheatley and the lack of leadership by the administration puts our children in a perpetual failing situation. 

The new SSO (Mr. Dino Coronado) for Phillis Wheatley called me last night and said to me that this situation
will have to remain the same until they figure something out. I said to him that this is not acceptable in our 5th
Ward Community and at Phillis Wheatley High School. I also said that I understand that he is new and this
have been going on before he got here. I'm not pointing the finger at him. I see that he's trying. But I don't
agree, understand and will not accept the Principal and Administration allowing this to happen.
 
This is by design for our Kids to Fail. The Teachers and the Administration are failing the students, therefore
Terry Grier is failing our community. If it's happening at Phillis Wheatley, then the Community and I are asking
the Media to help us investigate if it's happening at other schools also or just at the brown and black schools. 
How can the 10th Graders Pass the STARR test without a Full Time Certified English Teacher in the Class Room?
Now I know Miss Allen is a Certified English Teacher for 12th Grade Students because she's my son teacher
and her name is listed on his report card, even when she has not been teaching him hands on with this
Substitute Teacher (WHO IS UNKNOWN)has been on campus the same time as Miss Allen is on campus
every day.

Questions? Is Miss Allen a Certified 10th Grade English Teacher? Where the 10th Grade English Students
Parents and 12th Grade English Students Parents notified when this change involving the Substitute Teacher
for the 12th Grade English Teacher and no 10th Grade English Teacher Missing when all this started? Can
Two Teachers be on Campus legally instructing the same class? At this time of the year a Teacher/Students
should have some strong rapport to the point where Strengths and Weaknesses of Learning Patterns should
be already identified by the students certified teacher. How can a Brand New Teacher come in and get the
same expected results by Teaching on the FLY(Fly By Night) and with a attitude?
 
1)What was the Teacher name and was she qualified to teach the 10th Grade English Class before she left? 
 2)Why is that Teacher no longer at Phillis Wheatley?
 3)Who gave the Principal the Green Light to have Miss. Allen go outside the State and Federal Law and Play
   the 2 Places at one time Game!
4)What was the last Date/Month/Year of the Missing 10th Grade Teacher?
 5) What is the name of the Sub,    that covers for Miss. Allen who told the Seniors? (according to their
statements     said, "I don't have to be here, Houston ISD sends me my check in the mail through FEDEX
every two weeks. Yall don't have to do the work if yall don't want to, it don't matter to me."
This is the Second time a Sub has been so Arrogant in the Class with our Son. Who is Hiring these People?
 
TEA is going to evaluate Phillis Wheatley according to the STARR test and we are Set Up To Faill way
before the TEST takes place. This administration must be held accountable and we in the Fifth Ward
Community Demand to be treated Fair according to Board Policies and Procedures and the State and
Federal Law. 

Teacher for 10th Graders getting them ready for the STARR TEST. Show me just one. Can someone show
me one other High School in Houston ISD, that does night have a Certified English Teacher for 10th Graders
getting them ready for the STARR TEST. Show me just one.
 
In the Black and Brown Community You All may not expect our Students to be something in life. I am a
Parent and my wife Koffey is a Parent that cares and I want to see a full investigation on why this have
been allowed to take place. We will not stand for this.
 
If we as Parents don't receive Fair and Honest answers concerning our students academics, as soon as
possible, we will be forced to Protest by the hundreds for our kids to receive a fair and legal education
that that have the rights as students to receive within the Houston Independent School District. 
I am a active and concern parent seeking help for a brighter and better future for my child and all
students.
 
Art Smith
832.258.5776

(Art Smith is a member of the United Urban Alumni Association. His wife Koffey Smith is seriously
considering challenging Rhonda Skillern-Jones to represent District II on the HISD school board
in the upcoming November election.)


HISD's web still lists Mr. Coronado as the SSO for Furr High School.
HISD TEACHING VACANCIES UP AGAIN, NOW 336
ONLY FIVE ENGLISH TEACHERS ASSIGNED TO WHEATLEY HIGH
SCHOOL AND NO CERTIFIED TEACHER FOR 10TH GRADE STAAR
PREP 

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
trustees.

Anna Eastman wrote this editorial published in the Houston Chronicle
yesterday.
 
"...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
through ASPIRE.

The district had no information responsive to this request.
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
testing contract

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
time.

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
STUDENT
BEHAVIOR

*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
on hold

ALLEGATIONS OF GHOST COURSES HAUNTS YATES HIGH SCHOOL,
HISD
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
Gasparello's favor

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
in HISD
*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
dropout crisis.

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..."
Full text


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
school property
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
@AnnaEforHISD

Does that even make sense?

@harvinmoore
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?

@HISDPaulaHarris
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,
Paula? 

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
interview
questions

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
*trespassers
*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
*complainant threatened
*arrest for bodily assault in a public school
*"threat to kill" made against student
*more assault
*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

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
Grier's event
*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??
CVPE ISSUES

In 2014-15 WE ASK HISD
TO:
  • Support quality neighborhood schools; don’t close them. Change
  • HISD school closure policy to ensure at least one year’s notice
  • including communities as part of the process before making decisions
  • on closing or “restructuring” schools.
  • Limit class size.  Reduce class size waivers by at least 50% for 2014-2015.
  • Eliminate the use of STAAR as a promotion standard in non required
  • grades (3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th)
  • Restore extra pay for teachers with masters’ degrees
  • Keep strong teachers and principals in HISD. High faculty turnover destabilizes
  • schools and hurts children.
  • Provide nurses, librarians, counselors and social workers in all schools
  • Support Universal pre-K.

WE ASK the TEXAS LEGISLATURE TO:

  • Restore full funding of public education
  • End the use of STAAR as a promotion standard.  STAAR should
  • be for diagnostic purposes only.
  • Charters receive public funds and must be required to admit and retain
  • all students just as neighborhood public schools do.

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
jgaither@houstonisd.org 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
$76,966 salary?
(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
witch-hunt..

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
board meeting.
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
community
HISD board agenda for Feb. 12, 2015 meeting
Grier wants $4 million to study facilities; could be precursor to another
bond election 





Where is the outrage in
the Milby community
concerning proposed
cuts to Milby's 2012
capital improvements -
no swimming pool, no
auditorium??






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

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
Link to previous pages
Contact: Editor@houstonisdwatch.com



 
Hisd-board-meeting-may-14

When will the HISD trustees get it? Community wants an end to abusive standardized testing (pic courtesy of D.S.) Pic. from May 14 2015 board meeting

Pearson-the-truth

According to Pearson paying low wages to test scorers of dubious backgrounds is fine. It ups their huge profits, you know, labor costs must be controlled.

Ets

Will ETS be any better than Pearson?

Pearsoneducation

Pearson loses Texas testing contract. Click image for DallasNews.com report


HISD touts its Your Voice Survey a brainchild of $450,000 consultant Vikas Mittal

HISD has no specific policy on credit recovery but Secondary Guidelines
delineate requirements for grading
Board policy summer school
Credit by exam prior instruction 
Distance learning
Attendance requirements for credit

Gerry Monroe submitted these complaints about HISD personnel and activities 
May 14, 2015, HISD board meeting video
Got dough? How billionaires rule our
schools 


MESSAGE TO HISD TEACHERS:

Hello People
This is Gerry Monroe. Exe. Director of The Urban. If you
have evidence shoot me an email at 

unitedurban
alumniassociation
@yahoo.com
.
But I need hard evidence. And you should
speak publicly. You will have protection. 


*Hot Comment*
Board and Leadership

It is really sad that we are being led by people who are just not intelligent or they are extreme
opportunist. Dr. Grier is only doing what the board has allowed. He has made millions on this
district alone. So he either used their lack of intellect to become wealthy or he and the board
are all on the same wavelenght which is greed. One thing that is sad is brown and black children
are paying. These board members shuck abd jive on a regular basis. They promote their buddies
and friends to positions they do not deserve and are not even qualified for. What in the hell is she
holding a press conference for, is she seriously trying to distance herself from Grier after this man
has served two terms. Go sit down. I hope the UUAA find candidates that are sincere.


Donetrus Hill, Yates principal, resigns

Texas Senate votes to create special school district
for low performing schools*"Opportunity school districts
could be managed by private companies

Five HISD bus drivers disciplined for running red lights
Click 2 Houston's investigation 

Executive Director Gerry Monroe - The URBAN - speaks in
language even the most intellectually challenged HISD trustee
can understand

From houstonisdwatch 2013: Patricia Etienne Branch's TEA hearing

ONE OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS, VILE WITCH-HUNTS EVER
CONDUCTED BY TERRY GRIER AND HIS HISD TRUSTEE ENABLERS

TEAM GRIER'S HATRED FOR VETERAN TEACHERS AS EVIDENCED
BY INEPT PRINCIPAL CAMPBELL'S FAILED ATTEMPT TO TERMINATE
ETIENNE-BRANCH
 
To say that Terry Grier and his team of spineless administrators are a cancer
feeding off of what was once a civil, even Christian if you will, culture in HISD is no understatement.

Ruining professional careers and making false allegations against  employees, activities that are fully supported by board hacks Harvin Moore, Greg Meyers, corruption-plagued Larry Marshall, and contract queen Paula Harris, are crimes against the profession we dedicated our lives to pursue.

You have this file to read because houstonisdwatch wanted to know why Grier went to war with a veteran Thomas Middle School teacher when someone in his administration,
at least someone on the highly paid legal team, should have advised Grier and clueless
Principal Campbell they had no case.


The HERO in this sordid saga? Veteran HISD teacher Pamela Etienne-Branch who
had the guts and courage to call HISD on all of its subterfuge, refused to be
intimidated by the team of administrators HISD inflicted upon her.

How many different walk-through administrators should an HISD teacher have to tolerate? How many classroom interruptions should a teacher
endure before drawing the line?

Etienne-Branch fought back hard.  She called upon her team of witnesses and fellow 
Thomas teachers who knew what a hellhole Terry Grier and his administrative team 
had allowed Thomas to become.  

Etienne-Branch engaged in trench warfare against HISD. She refused to let one
written comment about her, even what was reported to her as negative conversations
about her, pass by without  vigorous refutations.  She kept files. She documented.

Her case serves as a cautionary tale to teachers who simply believe HISD will do right
by them. Remember the axiom, "God helps those who help themselves." You've got to believe
in yourself, You've got to be willing to take anyone who makes false, derogatory comments 
about you to the mat.

You've got to be willing to fight back when you're fasley accused. You must have zero 
tolerance for Grier's termination quotas.

Etienne-Branch won her job back at Thomas. She even won monetary compensation.

houstonisdwatch obtained this information through a TPIA request. HISD refused to disclose
the file-link in this report and asked the Texas A.G. office to make a ruling. The Texas A.G. ruled it must be released.


Two other questions remain: How much monetary compensation did Etienne-Branch receive, 
and which board members failed to do their due diligence and really investigate this case? Those board members need to be taken to the woodshed. They weren't elected to be Grier puppets. They weren't elected to waste taxpayers money on frivolous termination cases.


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CATCHING BLAMES JUSTIN FUENTES,
HIGH SCHOOL OFFICER,
WHO SUGGESTED ASSIGNING
"PLACEHOLDER" GRADES
Jason Catchings interviewed by
Greg Groogan on My Fox Houston...
but this isn't an interview: Greg
Groogan talks while Catchings
mouths words.. 

Texas A.G. Paxton has legal troubles of his own
STIPECHE CLARIFIES; MISSED VOTE TO
TERMINATE CATCHINGS BUT WOULD HAVE
VOTED WITH MAJORITY

HISD had no choice in Catchings' situation and Grier
offered him up in a weak attempt to save himself

URBAN WORKED WITH REAGAN TEACHER TO
EXPOSE GRADE CHANGING FRAUD 

Grier, a great public communicator? Who knew?

URBAN SENT VIDEO TO HISD RESULTING IN DONETRUS
HILL'S RESIGNATION 
HISD trustees received video evidence of academic fraud
in December 2014 but did nothing


From the URBAN:
Now let me say this Grier and the trustees, principals: what does it feel like when someone
is being bullied? I'm coming to get all of you. And there is nothing you can do about it. Think 
we will take out a board member next. Bye bye Paula. You are now on notice. We are the
most dangerous Group in America. It's The Urban baby
 
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There is no absolution for Grier and his administrators, supported by trustee loyalists, who have destroyed the lives of teachers and made school a place to avoid for many children. 

Paula Harris & Harvin Moore have done irreparable harm to the children of HISD by their self-serving, boot-licking support of Terry Grier


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The intent of the website is to promote the rights of students to experience curriculum based on science,
freedom of speech, and the cultivation of independent thinking, free from religious, racial, and political bias.
Redundant administration of standardized "bubble and erase" tests discourages student learning and is
an abuse of students' rights to a free and public education. 

The website supports the rights of teachers to use their creativity in designing lessons, to be free of the
kind of intrusive testing imposed upon them by the educrats from the HISD central administration, and to
be treated with respect. 

houstonisdwatch demands an effective school board unlike the current one which rubber stamps the
Grier agenda for chaos in and the destruction of Houston's schools. HISD's traditional African-American
campuses are under attack by the Grier administration and the current trustees.
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