Union leader Richard C. Shaw calls on Trustee Lunceford
to protect HISD interests

Below is a story that appeared in the Houston Chronicle today.  I first noticed this school
construction when I visited Jane Long Middle school a few weeks ago.  Now this new KIPP
school is open for business and will eventually house what is known in educational circles
as ‘wrap around services’.  Dale Davidson of the Sharpstown Civic Assoicaiton minces no words:  
“Jane Long doesn’t have a chance.  They’re at a place now where it is all downhill.” Meanwhile, the
Houston ISD is busy closing down schools (in neighborhoods where KIPP and YES are backfilling
them).  This raises the questions. What is Mike Lunceford, District V Trustee over Jane Long, doing? 
Why did he let this happen?  How did this happen?  Jane Long is old, small and horridly outdated. 
It should have been replaced years ago.  When Charter schools first opened, they filled a void and 
a niche. 

They provided some services that regular public schools were not equipped to do.  Now, they are
on their way to replacing public schools in general.  They are all over HISD right now and more will
be added.  This is tax payer money that is supporting these schools all without a publicly elected
school boards.  This new KIPP school represents a victory for KIPP and for the lucky kids that might
be selected (and/or not kicked out) to attend.  For the Houston ISD, this new school represents another
failure on HISD’s part. 

The American Federation of Teachers’ Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education will not succeed
without the active help of elected public school board members.  Mike Lunceford and the other HISD
Trustees need to speak directly to the parent quoted below (“She said some of her relatives attend
nearby Houston ISD schools and she didn’t consider them a viable option for her three kids.”), find
out why HISD is not a viable option and fix HISD.     

Richard C. Shaw

New KIPP venture turns school into community hub
More new administrators announced by Grier
Terry  Grier on the education of Houston's children: "The buck stops with me"
From African-American News

No wonder the trustees are so clueless...they depend on
Grier to do their work. Can they interpret test results?
ONE WEEK LATER, NO COMMENTS FROM ANY SCHOOL
BOARD MEMBERS ABOUT HISD'S POOR EOC RESULTS 

FEDS INVESTIGATING HISD OVER
SCHOOL CLOSURES
Heads up Bond 2012 Phase Two, Phase Three
and Phase Four School communities
Board Trustees and Leo Bobadilla
are coming for your Bond Dollars 

The spirit of Larry Marshall is captured by Ms. Adams



Leo Bobadilla implements the
schemes Grier and the
trustees use to hide what is
either incompetence or malfeasance
from the public





Did you know the original scope of your 2012 Bond Project is subject to change? More and more
Bond 2012 schools and their communities are being told that because of un-for-seen increases
in construction costs in the Houston area, the original 2012 Bond construction estimates and the
original construction scopes that were communicated to voters prior and up to the time of the bond
election in November of 2012 are no longer financially feasible.

HISD 2012 Bond Kick Off

Who is Bobby Tudor?
In early June, Board Trustee Wanda Adams, Leo Bobadilla and other HISD officials met with Westbury
HS community members who overwhelmingly supported the 2012 Bond initiative and every other bond
election held by Houston ISD. So how does Houston ISD reward supportive communities? At this meeting
Ms. Adams explained that a parcel of land next to the school slated for purchase using Bond 2012 dollars
was going to cost more than HISD had originally planned. Leo Bobadilla then explained that the $42 million
dollars allocated for the partial Westbury HS rebuild would not remove ANY of the 27 temporary buildings
that currently make up Westbury High School’s 9th grade campus. Needless to say, Westbury community
members were shocked and understandably felt ripped off.

 

In August of 2012, Superintendent Grier, using the very same Westbury HS as a backdrop, officially kicked
off the 2012 Bond Campaign. This press conference specifically mentioned the 22 temporary buildings
that exist on the Westbury HS campus and how all temporary buildings in HISD were substandard for
any student to receive instruction on a daily basis.

So why are we hearing about these changes now? Are these changes really related to un-for-seen
increases in construction costs? Or are these changes related to yet another serious mistake made
by Superintendent Grier? Dr. Gier has repeatedly told the North Forest community Houston
ISD would
build a new North Forest High School. PROBLEM!!! North Forest ISD was not part of

Houston ISD in 2012 and was not included in the 2012 Bond. And the Texas Education Agency
did not include $75 million dollars to cover the cost of a new North Forest High School. Now in
an effort to make good on Dr. Grier's word, other schools and their respective school communities
will have to do with less than they were led to believe during the 2012 election campaign. And the
footwork is willingly being done by Leo Bobadilla and Grier's trustees.

So what have we learned? I see three valuable take-aways related to this story: One: Trustee
Wanda Adams appears to be aligned with the Superintendent and is willing to be part of his machine.
Two: All Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4, 2012 Bond school communities need to be ready to have
the original scope of their Bond Project changed for un-for-seen reasons. Three: Once again,
Superintendent Grier has made another colossal mistake.


How long will the Houston ISD Board of Trustees allow this to continue?

(This information was provided to houstonisdwatch by an HISD administrator)


Catchings cleans out Scarborough

Stephanie Crook and Nadine Gosh, Scarborough assistant principals,
will accompany new Westbury Principal Jason Catchings to the Chimney
Rock school, leaving Scarborugh without any experienced leadership.

Board minutes from June 12, 2014 meeting
Julie Stipeche and Mike Lunceford don't go along with trustees voting
for terminations, but they don't oppose either. What does an abstention
vote really mean?



WANDA ADAMS, WE'RE WAITING TO HEAR FROM  YOU
District IX Trustee Wanda Adams will gladly take your money,
but she doesn't have time to answer houstonisdwatch's request for
comments about STAAR EOC. 

Is she just another Rhonda Skillern-Jones, asking over and over
for clarification then doing anything??

28 HISD Administrators missed school on May 26, 2014
Waltrip, Challenge, Wheatley principals opted out of HISD’s required Memorial Day make-up
day. 25 other HISD administrators too the day off, too.  
(This information was provided to houstonisdwatch in response
to a TPIA request)

HFT MEMBER ALLEGES SHE RECEIVED NO HELP FROM UNION
WITH COMPLAINT OF REVERSE DISCRIMINATION AT EFFECTIVE
TEACHERS INSTITUTE; HER PHONE CALLS WERE NOT RETURNED

A LEADER OF THE EFFECTIVE TEACHERS INSTITUTE IS A UNION OFFICER
Reverse discrimination alleged; Union officers named 
A reader of houstonisdwatch emailed this complaint to the website:

"I endured a year of "reverse discrimination" in my position at HISD, and I've been
doing a little research to see how I could have  been treated so badly by HISD, the
Effective Teacher Fellowship, and the Houston Federation of Teachers.  Here's  
what I've found so far: 

"Sybil , the Fellowship's "Behavioral Specialist" is an executive board member on the HFT,
which explains why the HFT ignored my issues and refused to return my phone calls.
 
"I don't know how many other board members cross over, but I think it would be hard to represent
wronged teachers  while working for HISD, don't you?
 
"Then there's Shanna Morgan.  She talks a good game.  She says when asked why she wants to
work with novice teachers, "I choose to work with novice teachers because my diverse educational 
background and unique learning opportunities coupled with novice teachers’ positive framing and
energy is a recipe  for success."
 
"However, here's what The College of Biblical Studies, where her Shanna's husband works a
s the Dean of Students, has to say about civil rights: 

"Apparently, homosexuals can change their stripes just as drunkards, adulterers, and thieves
can. While there is no such thing as an ex-black, there are multiple cases of ex-gays. Why? The
former is an innate and  immutable characteristic  while the latter is a moral or sinful lifestyle
choice!"  
 
"How is it possible to support people with a diverse background when you only believe civil rights
are for blacks and people with different sexual orientations are comparable to 'drunkards, adulterers
and thieves'?" (These allegations were reported to houstonisdwatch by Melissa Marsac. houstonisdwatch
has provided its readers her comments and analysis, not the opinion of the website editor)./

Final 2013-14 HISD enrollment numbers by campus
This information by obtained by a TPIA request filed by houstonisdwatch.

HISD'S GRIER, TRUSTEES:
Those kids couldn't have done
that well... 

FOX 26 UNCOVERS HISD'S TRUMPED UP ATHERTON 
CHEATING SCANDAL

After grandstanding and stalling, the HISD trustees and the Grier
administration were forced to release documents germane
to the trumped up Atherton cheating scandal which led to Grier and
a unanimous board firing three teachers.

When Greg Groogan of Fox 26 investigated and after he asked Texas
Attorney General Greg Abbott to force HISD to release documents, he
saw documents with little concrete proof of any cheating.

Bottom line: Our hack of a superintendent and his lackey trustees just
didn't believe black students could do so well on the big tough state
tests.

That's called systemic racism. The inexplicable aspect to this unethical
and illegal pursuit by Grier's team is why trustees like Mike Lunceford,
Anna Eastman, and Julie Stipeche voted to terminate the Atherton
teachers and why, when they witness injustices taking place, they don't
use the Houston media as a sounding board.

Here's Greg Groogan's report.

Update: 9 AM, July 15, 2014
Julie Stipeche responded at noon July 15, 2014
Mike Lunceford responded. Says he is studying results.
10:55 PM, July 14, 2014
houstonisdwatch with a readership of 659,661 readers send two emails to trustees
asking for comments about Grier's STAAR EOC scores, and no response.
Your tax dollars at work.

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE, BUT NOT A DROP TO DRINK
TEACHER VACANCIES SHOOT UP TO 394!

Who wants to work for an incompetent dictator?

TRUSTEES SUPPORT GRIER'S INANE
PERSONNEL DECISIONS

Jason Catchings.com
Hmmm...so the trustees allowed Grier to move Jason Catchings from
Scarborough where the test scores are in the toilet to Westbury where
Tim Wainright achieved better scores.

But Justin Fuentes, Westbury SSO, was so busy trying to save his own
job he never noticed. Surely Scarborough, a small HISD high school that
has no business remaining open, is happy to lose Catchings.

Unfortunately, Westbury gets the raw end of this deal.

Wainright opted not to kiss the asses of HISD's kleptocracy so he
chose to leave

When Mr. Funtes was busy scheming to advance his career in HISD,
he didn't do a very good job as Early College coordinator, sending back
his discipline problems to home schools. 

That's Jason, for you. A me-first guy all the way.

GRIER, TRUSTEES RUN A CON JOB
ON THE PUBLIC

Anger directed at Terry Grier for his egotistical, dictatorial, and grossly 
incompetent management of  the nations' seventh largest school district
is abetted by an inept school board. 

Members of our board were asked to respond to the district's end-of-course
STAAR performance. houstonisdwatch emailed all of them on Friday, July 11, 2014.

Spare me the comments about how it was the weekend, how busy they are doing
other things. The issue at hand is the academic performance of HISD's high school
and middle school students.

Keep in mind they haven't been asked to respond to Grier's dismail EOC
performance by any other local media organizations - at least no coverage
has been given to HISD high schools' impeding report card.i

Perhaps the Greater Houston Partnership told Trent Seibert to ignore it. Maybe
Erica Mellon is on vacation. Maybe Greg Groogan went with her.

Grier had the EOC results the last week of May. It's now the middle of July.

Pathetic.

THERE IS NO REFORM IN HISD. 

Biology did show some small improvements. English results were terrible
across the district. With too many high school chiefs to count and an atmosphere
where everyone is looking to escape, HISD is just a mess. Grier and the trustees
deserve no slack. They created the mess. Only voters can hold them responsible.

When children are being hurt by the greet, indifference, or incompetence of
the adults charged to educate them, there should be open rebellion across
the district.

But, Grier and the trustees will continue to hide, shielded by an overworked Houston
working public with too little time and money to challenge such poor leadership.

Eco disadvantaged, black students take a Grier-STAAR hit
Algebra 1:
Eco disavantaged stuents drop four points from 77% passing to 73%
Algebra 1: Black students drop five points
English 1: Blacks trail whites by 34%
English 2: Blacks trail whites by 33&
Biology: Blacks trail whites by 15%

ENG RESULTS
IN THE 50% PASSING
RANGE
HISD RELEASED EOC STAAR RESULTS ON JULY 8, 2014

No coverage by the Houston Chronicle (no wonder their subscription sales are
in the toilet), no major news coverage from local stations...the Greater Houston
Partnership and the Grier regime, controlling the message as much as they can.

VACANCIES TRENDING UP: 369 NOW?
BLAME THE HISD TRUSTEES; THEY CONTINUE
TO SUPPORT THE GRIER TRAVESTY



Grier is welcoming yet another high
school chief to his HISD circus
YIPPEE


Constant personnel changes, nepotism, NORTH CAROLINA, firings for
no reasons...a sleepy detached school board...it's HISD....the summer
freak show version 

Fire first, question later
Since Grier arrived in August 2009 the culture in HISD has largely been the same:
Target employees for termination; pressure principals to fire teachers; mid-managers
to fire principals; intimidate and threaten top employees whose daily attendance 
never matter as much as loyalty. Work three days in Houston, fly off to some 
conference the district pays for. Grier was enjoying his four-day HISD work week
early on in his HISD career. He just couldn't make himself disappear when seen
by HISD citizens at IAH and Hobby on Fridays. Tsk, tsk. 

HFT was aware of Grier's flaws when he was hired. Unlike the California teachers
union which actively opposed Grier and helped facilitate his leaving San Diego United
School District, the union surmised Grier was better than Michelle Rhee.

Really?

When mid-level managers at 4400 W. 18th St. are terminated on trump charges, like
the Medicaid officials who recently sent materials to this site, and refuse to see
Grier's role in their terminations, it speaks volumes about how TEAM Grier operates. 
Incite fear and paranoia in district employees and force your workers to protect themselves
in protective bubbles, unaware of the mayhem going on around them.

In HISD, Grier gives the order SSOs have got to go. The SSOs then scamper to fire some
more principals in the hopes of saving their jobs. Even high profile SSOs like Justin
Fuentes fall into the Grier trap. Grier populates his district with spineless sell-outs.
(More to come on Fuente's one foot in, one foot out involvement in helping Westbury
where he was SSO.) 

Four members of the board are supposed to be the opposition. HFT supports Julie
Stipeche who bartered her way to the board presidency. But Stipeche, along with
Mike Lunceford, and Anna Eastman, sit quietly, occasionally voting to disagree with
the five members who have quid pro quo relationships with Grier. But Stipeche,
Lunceford, and Eastman don't go to the papers, don't give speeches, don't
oppose Grier's agenda in any public way other than a vote or two.

Rhonda Skillern-Jones talks a good game, but does nothing.

I'm sure I'll hear how houstonisdwatch just makes this stuff up. I'm inclined to
tell those who hurl such nonsense to give it up. I've been around HISD for 37
years, have contacts with numerous district administrators, and receive tips and
emails on miscreant behavior in the Grier administration regularly.  Furthermore,
this website is a public service, it requires no financial investment by anyone but
me, and the naysayers are free to go some where else. 

HFT nor the Grier administration has say-so over what gets put on this site.

So ask yourself: Could my job be in jeopardy? If you work for HISD, the answer
is quite clear. 

Vacancies are rising July 10, 2014 from June 2014

The number of teacher vacancies along with "other certified instructional staff as of
7/10/2014 is up since the end of June. HISD website is listing 389 teacher vacancies.
I believe a few weeks ago that number was hovering around 350. One can assume
that some teachers have resigned in recent weeks. Perhaps this is due to the salary
schedule, the manipulation of teacher pay steps, and lack of pay bump for advanced
degrees. 

Teachers have until July 15 to resign without being threaten with the district pulling their
teacher certification for a year.

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