Maybe too little, too late
Once again sleepy Trustee Rodriguez fails to help Milby High School students
HISD 2012 BOND IS RUNNING
OUT OF MONEY
At a special meeting held Thursday morning, Jan. 22, 2015,
HISD board members were given several unsavory options by
HISD's bond department.
The Houston Chronicle's Ericka Mellon attended this meeting,
but bowing to pressure from HISD Chief of Staff Jason Spencer,
neglected to report on the latest 2012 bond programs for HISD.
Architects for HISD will fall short by $1,500,000.
HISD trustees were presented with these options:
1) Conduct yet another bond election to recover the funding
2) Close more schools
3) Cut programs from existing schools
4) Build smaller schools than planned for when the 2012 bond election
plan was unveiled to the voters.
The current trustees are already under attack for closing schools. They
know they will face fierce, organized opposition this time if they try
to float another bond.
Reducing programs and promised school sixes should infuriate the voters
who supported the bond.
houstonisdwatch.org released information about HISD's current bond
problems with morning.
BOARD PRESIDENT RHONDA SKILLERN-JONES
IS ON KCOH RIGHT NOW
CALL HER AND VOICE YOUR CONCERNS;
Monday moring Jan. 26, 2015
HISD trails state in test scores, graduation rates in DallasNews.com report
GRIER, HISD TRUSTEES
CONTINUE THEIR ATTACK
ON WHEATLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Using the 2012 bond program as an
excuse, HISD plans to destroy Wheatley
High School library
A message from a concerned Wheatley citizen:
We need to gather support for Wheatley High School. They have a new principal this year. Someone
has written a grant to replace the library with an Internet Cafe at Wheatley.As you are aware, many
school libraries add the Interent Cafe idea to the existing library program. Very few go so far as to
dump the entire print collection ( except for 1000 books) along with the furniture and shelving.
This is how much we appreciate bond money in HISD. Please call or write anyone you know
who is a Wheatly alumni. Contact your board member. Contact parents
Documents illustrate timeline of Wheatley demise
Extremely frustrated Milby welding students lack supplies
This website has previously covered Manuel Rodriguez's failure to intercede to prevent
the scattering of Milby High School students across the district.
houstonisdwatch filed a Texas Public Information request to determine if Rodriguez
voiced any concerns, issued any protests against Terry Grier and construction chief
Leo Bobadilla's plans to essentially disintegrate the school for three years.
Fifty plus faculty members were forced to scramble to find other jobs as a result of
the Milby community's disenchantment with HISD's bond implementation.
Rodriguez asked no questions, took no action to protect a historic high school in his
During the rush, disrganized move, a CTE program at Milby, one of the strongest
in the district, is slowly being destroyed by HISD"s unwillingness to provide the
supplies students need.
Where is Mr. Rodriguez? No where to be found.
There is more Milby bond mess brewing that cannot be released just yet.
Rodriguez should know he is targeted for defeat. Plans to draft a strong candidate
to challenge him are being implemented now.
At least when Rodriguez is forced into retirement, he will have plenty of time of
catch-up on his sleep.
School finance case will stretch most of this year
TRUSTEES ALLOW GRIER ADMINISTRATION AND ITS PRINCIPALS
TO DISRESPECT PARENTS; DISTRICT BANS PARENT WHO QUESTIONED
SCHOOLS CREDIT RECOVERY AND SAFETY
This email was sent to all the board members and the superindendent.
One parent at Yates High School has seen and heard enough from HISD. He's
attempted to resolve this matter with the Yates administration at the HISD trustees.
As you may know if you've tried to get an email response from any of the current
board members, they blow you off. Instead of helping to resolve problems,
the board fuels the flames of anger and gives incentives for citizens to take
other actions, including legal rememdies, against the district.
Here is one Yates' parent complaint about many of the issues engulfing
over-his-head Yates Principal Hill.
This email is to inform you that the unjustified reason for me being removed
from campus has run its course. I spoke to Jason Spencer today and he asked
me why I needed to be on campus. Was I needed when
1. I got you through your PAT committee meetingsTHAT HAD BEEN STALLED FOR
2. Help guide the principle through community meetings.
3. Gave HISD the insight that was needed to get through those community meetings.
4. I fought for band uniforms
5. Help feed over 400 homeless people
6. Start a tutoring program for failing band members AND KIDS IN GENERAL FREE OF CHARGE.
But the minute I scream about Safety and Yates being a diploma mill I get banned. It
has become apparent that as long as i can get the money going I'm of value. Those kids
safety means nothing. This is what it is. Monday morning at 8am myself and my attorney
shall take the necessary action that is needed to get this bogus ban removed. The answer
to Jason's question is simple. I'm a tax payer, I have a kid there and I can come on campus
anytime I need to be. As long as I'm not interrupting the educational process I can come
as I see needed.THIS IS THE SAME LUXUARY AFFORDED TO EVERY PARENT IN
THE DISTRICT Once again we are in a chess match. I got a strange Feeling you guys
will need me more than you know in the near future.
Also, to make you understand I have nothing to do with those children deciding to walk
out of that unsafe school. As an activist I have every right to stand with these children to make
sure that no laws are being broken. What you need to do is understand why this is being done.
But If you took the time to monitor this troubled school then you would have known that this
was coming. I've done enough in regards to speaking to gang members in the streets to
get the violence off campus. So, at this moment I have nothing to do with those children
walking but, if they do as an African American activist I WILL STAND WITH THEM. So,
don't ask me to do anything to save you anymore embarrassment. Donetrus Hill has
embarrassed 3703 Sampson St. enough.
Charles Barkley told Michael that he would never be successful until he got rid of his yes
men. Once Terry Grier Gets a board that can tell him that He's screwing up. A board that will
hold our inexperienced administrators accountable. We as a district will never be successful.
So I will not do anything to stop those kids from walking out that feel they are not safe.
But I will stand with them to make sure that district understands YOUR CHILDREN FEEL
UNSAFE NOT JUST ON THIS CAMPUS BUT SEVERAL CAMPUSES. NOW THE QUESTION
IS HOW MANY CAMPUSES ARE GOING TO WALK ON THE SAME DAY???????? IF ONLY
YOU KNEW. But don't disrespect my intelligence and ask me to help when the district as a
whole is in violation of me being banned in the first place. Seems like the only thing the
district understands is court cases. Well if I had tax payers money to waste I'd keep going
to court to.
According to Terry Griers Contract which I have a copy of. The one he is now in violation of
ACCORDING TO HIS CONTRACT : Grounds for termination "for good cause" include, but
are not limited to, one or more of the following (6) Actions involving wilful malfeasance or
gross negligence in the performance of superintendents duties which could be materially
and demonstrably injurious to the district. Please understand I'm not as dumb as you think.
So now the ball is in your court. I have recordings to refute anything that I supposedly
said to Mr.Gaitlin. So realistically I did nothing to warrant a suspension from campus.
So this is my statement. I also filed an official grievance and that has yet to be answered
as of this day. It was filed on 12/12/2014. So therefore I'm requesting to go to a level
3 hearing in front of the full board. As the 2 lower levels have exhausted there time
limits for being heard.
Linda Bellard's claim of winning grievances against her not based on fact
houstonisdwatch filed a Texas Public Information request to obtain copies of
grievances staff members had filed against the Elrod principal.
According to HISD's legal department and office of public information, no
grievances against Ms. Bellard are on file.Failure to answer emails is failure
to maintain lines of communication with their constituents. By discounting what
citizens say by refusing to respond, the trustees simply fuel the anger against them.
BELLAIRE RAPE INVESTIGATION
CONCLUSION: 9 SUSPECTS; NO ARRESTS
We really expect more from Bellaire High School than this. An alleged rape in one of
the many bathrooms inside the school made the news. Even the ever-reluctant to print
anything negative about HISD and TEAM Grier Houston Chronicle published the story.
houstonisdwatch submitted a Texas Public Information request to obtain a copy of
HISD's conclusive document in the case.
The district presented this lone page which essentially says....nothing.
HISD and Bellaire High School have been at odds in the past over the direction
of the district under corporate-reform tool Terry Grier. This time, however, the
district, the Bellaire P.T.O., and many faculty members were in sync with
HISD's desire to sweep the whole affair under the rug.
HISD considers redrawing school boundaries: from chron.com
PAULA HARRIS IS DOING NOTHING
YATES SAFETY SITUATION DETERIORATING;
PRINCIPAL HILL TWEETING GANG MEMBERS;
TEACHERS DIRECTED NOT TO REPORT INCIDENTS
Mr. Hill is both morally and
legally responsible for the
unsafe conditions on his campus,
assaults on teachers and students.
HISD POLICE AT YATES ARE ALLEGED TO AID HISD
ADMINISTRATION COVER UP VIOLENCE AT YATES
Sources at Yates are reporting shocking accounts of ongoing
gang violence at Yates. A science teacher who had been
at Yates 40 years resigned abruptly because the school
administration has been unwilling to address student
Students are asking for the grossly effective
HISD officers at Yates to be replaced. Instead
of doing the right thing, they are not reporting
crimes on campus.
And the violence isn't directed at one particular
group. White teachers and black teachers are
joining forces to take appropriate action againt
Mr. Hill and the Grier administration officials
involved in obfuscation of the actual conditions
they have been subjected to.
Paula Harris will not run for reelection
Ms. Harris apparently feels no need to become
involved at this point. Although she has meddled
in Yates affairs regularly since her election in 2007,
her attitude now is let the teachers and students fend
As the situation at Yates deteriorates, the Borris Miles
clique is preparing Jolanda Jones to replace Harris.
It's kind of like a monarchy where one politico bequeaths
his office to the next in line.
The Urban Alumni Association is monitoring events at
Yates very closely. They will not support Ms. Jones
and her school board run. No Paula Harris clones needed.
houstonisdwatch filed a TPIA request for copies of the HISD
police reports on assaults and violence at Yates, especially
those pertaining to gang-related violence. This request has
BOARD ON TARGET TO WEAKEN INNER CITY SCHOOLS
...associative reflections...Harvin Moore's campaign chest funded by hedge-
fund tycoon John Arnold, Paula Harris' backing by Borris Miles and the Democratic
machine, and supposed progressive Anna Eastman voting to close Dodson...
from the houstonisdwatch blog:
This school board is moving along right to their target of weakening inner city schools.
The way it plays out, families living in lower income areas will have the options of attending an
unsafe neighborhood school or apply for the scarce spots available at magnet schools. This
situation reinforces the argument that families should have more choices. However what
does not get worked out is - why the hell can't one choice be to attend a SAFE and HIGH
QUALITY school right around the corner in your neighborhood? And the answer is that
according to the current thinking among elected officials, lower income people don't deserve
favorable options for their children. Most of these elected officials believe strongly that folks
living in poverty are just trying to get on the government dole and are looking for the next
purse to snatch. City services are routinely less effective in certain zip codes. If the police
come into these areas at all it is for the purpose of brutalizing the citizens who live there,
not to make the community safe and livable. Steep drainage ditches spot the area instead
of covered drainage like in River Oaks and craters in the streets instead of streets maintained
properly. When this country said - we will make "war on poverty" a bunch of really smart
people said - hey, what a great idea. War is on. And so far, they are winning. The most
effective way to create a permanent underclass of people is to destroy public education
and create a myth that turns those hanging on to middle class status, against efforts to
lessen economic strife. This myth makes most middle class folks look to the upper class
with adoration, and the lower income people with absolute disdain. Mission Accomplished.
OF THE SCHOOLS PRESENTATION
Houston CVPE offers alternative to HISD"s State of the Schools on Feb. 11, 2015
HISD Superintendent Grier will deliver his state of the schools address.
Since he and his lieutenants, including a gutless school board perpetually
confused about its role, created the monster of HISD snapshot testing,
regular removal of principals, and attacks aimed at Houston's African-
American community, expect to hear good tidings from Grier.
Yes, there are problems, but we've got it all under control. My nepotistic
placement of friends and relatives in positions of power is working just
Houston Community Voices in Education is offering an alternative.
It's a safe assumption their pronouncement of the state of HISD
schools will be much more accurate.
On Feb. 11, 2015, Superintendent Grier will talk about the state of HISD as he
perceives it in the HISD state of the schools address at the Hilton Americas.
But does he speak for you? Come be a part of the Alternative State of the Schools
to learn the real state of our schools and what you can do about it. What does
#greatallover mean to you?
Bring signs. Bring your kids. Sign them out after ADA.
February 11, 2015 at 10:30am - 11:30am
Across from Hilton Americas
Houston, TX 77010
Google map and directions
Alpa Sridharan ·
Will you come?
UNITED URBAN ALUMNI'S MANIFESTO
There is a new Sheriff in town. The United Urban Alumni Association. A coalition of High School
Alumni that are fed up with HISD. Backed by the likes of Art Smith (Wheatley), Travis Magee (Worthing),
Gerry Monroe (Yates), Larry McKenzie (Sterling), looks like its about to be a busy 2015 for HISD.
There first order of business was to make the community/HISD aware that :
The United Urban Alumni Association has decided to expose the unethical environment that exist at
our current History Black High Schools in HISD. Jack Yates is the first school on the list. Brace yourself
for this horror story. The United States Department of Education are very interested in these facts.
1. Calculated Student on student assaults daily (Unreported to the District)
2. Calculated Student on Staff assaults (Unreported to the District)
3. Unreported Sexual Assau...lts on Teachers (Unreported to the District)
4. Unethical Grade Reporting (Manufacturing of Diplomas) Unreported to the district)
5. Astronomical Absentees (Unreported to the District)
6. The school is controlled by a local street gang 103 (Unreported to the District)
7. Work Place Bullying and Oppression
8. We will lose more teachers this year than last year
9. Violations of UIL Rules (Unreported to the District and UIL)
10. Misappropriation of school funds (Reg. Funding and Federal Funding)
11. Unsafe campus environment
12. Convicted Criminals Teaching on our campus.
13. 2ND YEAR UNACCEPTABLE RATING BY TEA
EACH ONE OF THESE ITEMS HAS BEEN PLACED ON FILE WITH THE PRINCIPAL OF
YATES HIGH SCHOOL AND HISD AS OFFICIAL COMPLAINTS.
Each one of these points is a direct violation of an Executive Order Signed by President Barak
Obama on July 26,2012, as it pertains to Urban Education. It should be noted that Yates is the
first school that we as a unit will address. Although it may seem as if we are shedding a negative
light on Jack Yates this is not our objective. What The United Urban Alumni Association wants is
a comprehensive Learning High School. Yet HISD is refusing to address. This document is to
give you guys a clear understanding of what were are addressing. As Alumni and parents you
need to have a clear understanding of why we are in this fight. Believe me every single point is
PROVABLE. And we have every intention of exposing each and every matter. Even though this
may not be a popular move it is a necessary. BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. IF ANY ONE HAS
ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO CALL ME. 281 978 0230. HISD YOU ARE NOW ON THE
CLOCK. I AINT TALKING ANYMORE. Reggie Phillips its on and popping.
THE UNITED URBAN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION REFUSES TO SIT BACK AND ALLOW THE CURRENT
ADMINISTRATION AND HISD TO CONTINUE ON THE PATH OF UTTER DESTRUCTION. THERE
ARE QUESTIONS THAT ARE GOING TO BE ASKED AND WE TO BE ASKED AND WE WANT
ANSWERS. STAY TUNED FOR PRESS CONFERENCE INFO.
(The United Urban Alumni Association gave this information to houstonisdwatch.)
Ms. Loria, imported to Texas from
North Carolina, disrupts two elementary
school campuses - including Blackshear -
with mid-year principal changes
Grier's North Carolina chum Karla Loria axes two principals
Ms. Loria: It is well-established that you are already a Grier toady.
Was it really necessary to disrupt your children's and parents' lives by
making these changes now. Why didn't you let the Tinsley principal
write the good-bye letter?
Koch-GOP has a charter school problem
More than half America's school children live in poverty
White Texans complain their voting rights are being trampled
Texas loses bid for federal Pre-K funding
Remember this one?
HISD HAS NO CONTROL OVER GANG 103
*PAULA HARRIS SITS SILENT AS HER SCHOOLS ARE EXCORIATED FOR
*WANDA ADAMS CHASTISES GRIER'S ADMINISTRATION AND HIS PRINCIPALS
FOR TAKING NO ACTION ON GANG VIOLENCE
*ADAMS CLAIMS MCSWAIN'S LAMAR MAY HAVE THE MOST GANG ISSUES OF
ANY HISD SCHOOL
Gang 103 in Houston
Gang 103 in NYC
Gang 103 creates war zone
Mr. Monroe addresses Grier & trustees at the 30:49 segment of the
Hearing of Citizens
PROTEST AT BOARD MEETING STAGED BY UNITED URBAN
Last night at HISD board meeting The brand new United Urban Alumni Association blew
up the Board meeting. The new parent alumni association came armed with students who
spoke to the board about the violence on and off campus, The 103 gang and an administration
that is clueless. Plus one of the young men's step father has been barred from the Yates Campus
For no Reason. But, The highlight of the evening was A Yates teacher spoke about being Assaulted
on campus and Hills Administration covered it up. She has been retaliated against, written up ect.
But, The Last UUAA member Gerry Monroe is the man. With the heart of Malcom X he was fearless.
He questioned the board as to why the 103 gang has been allowed to set up shop on the Yates
Campus. Last week 4 shooting were tied to the yates Gang 103. He also was armed with the
police record of the man that assaulted the Yates teacher. 7 felonies and misdemeanors.
WOW!!!!! the lastly his brilliance shut down the evening. He presented to the board Audio
on CD's labeled Yates Fake Credit recovery. Finally credit recovery was been shown what
it Truely is. He stated to the board that Jack Yates Was giving away diplomas. He even
passed some cd's out to the crowd. All I can say is The UUAA is for real. They have already
fielded several call from parents at other high schools wanting their Help. If you need help
as a teacher, student, bus driver, parent Call The UUAA 281-978-0230. The National
Executive Director is G. W. Monroe. Looks like HISD has finally found a parent group
that isn't playing. I'm pretty sure TEA will be getting a call real soon.
Texas oil boom headed for bust in a hurry
T,E,A, projects 10% of Texas seniors not on track to graduate
Oil price decline will cut school districts' revenue
Wanda Adams' motion to uproot 150 families voted down
Ericka Mellon reports on eminent domain motion made by
Adams at last night's board meeting
Harvin Moore: use of property unclear
Jan. 15, 2015 board meeting video
Grier wants to elevate status of dual credit classes to A.P. for grade
point & rank calculations
"...this incident did not take place
at or near Jack Yates High School
Message from Yates Principal Hill
on student death
Dear Jack Yates High School Community:
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart
that I share with you that one of our students
has passed after suffering a gunshot wound.
At this time, we do not have all the details as
this matter is still being investigated by local
authorities. We can confirm; however, that
this incident did not take place at or near Jack Yates High School.
We will have grief counselors and central administration support on hand to assist with the
myriad of sentiments and emotions produced by an event of this magnitude. I have requested
an increased police presence as a precaution as safety is our primary concern.
Please keep the family, friends and loved ones in your immediate thoughts and prayers. Please
do the same for the entire Jack Yates High School Community. If we stand together; we will get
hrough this tough time successfully allowing our student to rest in peace.
With Deepest Regards,
Donetrus G. Hill
IN THE ONGOING COMPETITION
BETWEEN BELLAIRE AND LAMAR,
96 IB Diploma candidates from Lamar
receive degrees; 10 from Bellaire
It should be noted Bellaire offers both A.P. and I.B. and large numbers of students sit for and pass
BadAssTeachers link for The Network for Public Education conference
No information from Bellaire High School about an alleged rape in its bathroom.
houstonisdwatch has filed a Texas Public Information request to
obtain a copy of the report. Stonewalling to protect Bellaire's image?
houstonisdwatch is requesting a copy of the report made about the alleged-rape
in one of Bellaire High School's bath rooms. This report could come from Chancery
or from the HISD police department.
Residents around Yates fear violence is coming to their school
Gang violence taking a more prominent role; HISD's Gang Unit to
up its presence
Forget the Houston Comical; they don't have this report. Fox 26
Houston has it and has the internal memo HISD send out regarding
gang violence near Yates High School and Cullen Middle School.
houstonisdwatch has filed a TPIA request to obtain a copy.
Roland Fryer talks about education on C-Span
Time for Roland Fryer to give back his pay
Texas job growth expected to contract even more this year
Agenda for Jan. 15, 2015 board meeting
Cut & paste board agenda
A staged event to sell the disruption
of Milby High School to
Grier & HISD trustees are great on
P.R. but sorely lacking in substance
Lance Menster's elementary curriculum department strikes out on
Menster Lance Elementary Curriculum Instruct Officer, Curriculum & Instruct email@example.com
Restricted Restricted XX 99999 Restricted $133,900.00 Hattie Mae White ESC 7/7/2003
By now you've already seen Diane Ravitch's tweet about a snapshot test
produced by HISD full of errors.
Called snapshots, HISD is forcing teachers to give these tests every three
So are the people who work for Menster just plain illiterate? Are they under
extreme pressure to produce these tests at a rapid clip?
And given Menster's salary isn't he supposed to provide the kind of supervision
that should prevent flawed documents going out to the schools?
Roland Fryer still pulling the strings in HISD
But who pushed Grier and HISD to implement these snapshots? Given the fact
that no test can be given without Fryer's approval, shouldn't these tests be
mistake-free and professionally written?
Why are HISD students once again forced to be lab rats for Fryer's personal
houstonisdwatch will make a TPIA request for a copy of a snapshot test, although
it is unlikely the district will release a snapshot test.
Asking the question why the HISD trustees know so little or care so little about
what is actually going on in their schools is a rhetorical question by now.
We have to assume they know. We have to assume they approve.
Reacting to pressure from Community Voices in Public Education, the HISD trustees
passed an anti-excessive testing rule two years ago. Obviously, that was a crass
political move to appease the public and keep HISD"s testing nightmare out of the
The Houston Chronicle has not published anything about the snapshots. I have to
believe Ericka Mellon knows what is going on.
(houstonisdwatch has made a request for a copy of the contract Roland Fryer
signed with HISD this past summer).
SHOOTING OUTSIDE YATES HIGH SCHOOL; HISD MEDIA PLAYING DUMB
YATES HIGH ON LOCKDOWN; NO CALL TO PARENTS MADE BY HISD
Today there was a shooting on Alabama St. right outside the Yates Campus. This incident
happened around 12pm. as of 5:30pm today parents have yet to be notified that anything
had happened around the school. The yates administration has not notified any parents.
The school was on lock down for over 3 hours yet frantic parents that showed up to pick
up students were turned away with no information. Some Parents are now questioning the
HISD Call out system ,as to why it wasn't used.
This report was given to houstonisdwatch from an HISD parent.
Is Bill Maher right about radical Islam?
HISD board meeting minutes Dec. 11, 2014
Greater Houston Partnership infecting both
HISD & HCC?
InsideHCCS.com thinks so:
"...HISD suffers from the same sickness that
has effected HCC the Welfare Partnership aka
Greater Houston Partnership has taken over
and the Welfare Partnership does not care
about education only contracts or agendas
that will enrich their members..."
HISD dramatically reduced the number of Teach for America
interns in 2014-15
According to information provided to houstonisdwatch from HISD
through a TPIA request, the district only hired about 1/4 of the
usual number of Teach for American applicants this school year
More money for charters, cutting taxes, less democracy in Texas - that's
the Republican agenda for Texas
Putting Grier's recent bonus to better use
HISD BUS DRIVERS STAGE A SICK OUT
Ericka Mellon reports from chron.com
Former media director Jason Spencer sent by Grier to quell
Bus drivers to get blue flu tomorrow? That's the rumor
HISD posts special board meeting notice
HISD misled voters on bond
HISD's official statement on snapshots
When new semester starts HISD is still looking for 133 teachers
Fateful summer of 2014 and your HISD trustees did nothing
This upcoming school board election allows for trustees to hate,
trustees to cite for incompetence, ignorance, and impudence, but
no one as of yet emerging to save any semblance of a rewarding
education experience for students and a reason for current staff
to stay engaged with HISD.
Using the Leverage Leadership agenda as a ploy, Superintendent
Grier allowed his cohort Roland Fryer to impose Apollo 3 - a much
broader-based and time-consuming program than Apollo - on the
With Harvard Labs picking up some of the costs, at least that's what
we've been told, and a school board afraid of its superintendent -
with one trustee believing TFAers are more effective than experienced
teachers - the trustees said nothing this summer, with the exception of
Juliet Stipeche's whimpering voice which Grier soon shot down.
Teacher comments below depict the utter insanity of the poorly
written benchmark tests. If the Houston Chronicle were any kind
of a quality newspaper, it would publish a few of the tests replete
with historical inaccuracies, misspellings, and mispunctuations, for
the Houston public to see.
More coming up on how Fryer hijacked the upper level of HISD's
But, ultimately, the ones to blame are the HISD trustees who have
demonstrated once again they are out-of-touch, afraid of doing
real work, and easily cowered.
The plot to overhaul No Child Left Behind
America's dangerous turn to anti-intellectualism
For public education, Governor Perry hasn't been a winner
"... In Texas, 1 out of every 3 dollars the state spends goes to education. When Perry had a choice
of cutting big budget items or spending down the state’s rainy day fund in 2011, he did not spare
schools.The Legislature cut $5.4 billion, providing no new money for enrollment growth for the first
time in seven decades. School districts cut 11,000 teaching jobs. And the state requirement of a
22:1 ratio of elementary students to teachers took a huge hit. Almost 1,300 elementary schools
— nearly 30 percent of campuses — exceeded the limit. School districts have won the first round
of a lawsuit challenging the state over inadequate funding. While many of the cuts have been
restored, Texas is still lagging most other states in educating its children..."
Read DallasNews.com's full report.
Pearson Education can run but it can't hide
Bill Gates all too happy to fund Common Core
John Arnold fretting about public pensions (again)
"...Arnold’s critics argue that he exaggerates the insolvency
of public pensions nationwide. They also question his fitness
to evangelize for pension austerity, given that he made his
fortune at a company that in its 2001 collapse wiped out $2 billion
of its own employee pension funds and cost public employees
whose pension funds invested in Enron an additional $1.5 billion.
“We’re talking about a former Enron executive who profited off a
bankruptcy that destroyed the retirement savings of millions of
hard-working Americans,” says Randi Weingarten, president
of the American Federation of Teachers..."
Happy New Year's Greetings
from the Chiefs
HISD taxpayers will feel the brunt of trustees' plan to build a new North
Forest High School, instability in Houston's houston market, and no
additional funding from the state
HISD trustees love to brag about their district having the lowest property
taxes in Houston, but increasing HISD school taxes and inflated property
values have many homeowners seeing red.
The future of Houston's so-far booming housing market is in question and
all signs point to a major slowdown in oil profits.
2015 Houston employment forecast
2015 is when macroeconomics gets interesting
Houston 2015: Wildcard in apartment market
The state will make up some of the lost oil revenue by collecting increased
funds from sales taxes. Don't expect a charter-promoting state legislature
to feel the pain of local school districts or heed the call to provide more
HISD approves funding strategy for three schools
Yes, HISD trustees believe they have a plan - actually two plans - to
fund even more school construction. As always, if the first plan
doesn't work, use the second plan: shoving it down the HISD taxpayers'
throats. After all, they turned out in droves to vote for the $2 billion bond,
HISD trustees have allowed Grier to go on spending sprees but the
time-tested resolution of uncertainty is to ask for more money from
If paying more for the Grier//Fryer lab rat experiement that has become
HISD awakens taxpayers to get out and vote in 2015, they might
demand new leadership from the arrogant, ignorant HISD trustees.
The trustees up for reelection in 2015 in varying degrees have
been huge disappointments to the HISD taxpayers.
But getting reelected to the HISD board is a simple process because
Houstonians just don't vote in large numbers during non-presidential
year elections. Just getting a core of hard core supporters to go to the
polls is usually enough effort to win.
Manuel Rodriguez, dozing off at
a school board meeting, symbolizes
the trustees' lack of understanding and
control and, especially, their turning
HISD over to corporate interests, like
hedge fund billionaire John Arnold's
$$ support of Harvin Moore and Anna
Corporate interests in reform are all about profits, not kids
This documentary may help explain the HISD trustees complete disinterest
in what's actually going on in HISD and their arrogance in thwarting public
efforts to engage them
In search of more profits, Pearson plans to reinvent testing
Teach at an HISD/Harvard Labs Leverage Leadership School?
Would like to hear from teachers at these Leverage Leadership schools.
Is HISD testing your kids to death? Leverage Leadership Management
Challenge Early College
East Early College
North Houston Early College
Grier, trustees are forcing HISD teachers to give tests full of mistakes and
now the whole nation knows about it (thank you Diane Ravitch)
Cypress-Fairbanks super blasts high stakes testing
TEA's Texas Public Grant List of the worst performing schools in Texas
THE LIST THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE REFUSES TO COVER IS OUT
HISD has failing schools all over district. The list provides reasons each
school is on the list:
AUSTIN H S
COOK JR EL
ENERGIZED FOR STEM ACADEMY CENTRAL
FURR H S
GARDEN VILLAS EL
GREGORY-LINCOLN ED CTR
HENDERSON N EL
HIGHLAND HTS EL
HOUSTON GARDENS EL
HOUSTON MATH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOG
JONES H S
KANDY STRIPE ACADEMY
KASHMERE GARDENS EL
KASHMERE H S
LEE H S
MADISON H S
MARTINEZ C EL
MARTINEZ R EL
MILBY H S
REAGAN K-8 EDUCATIONAL CTR
RODERICK R PAIGE EL
SCARBOROUGH H S
SHARPSTOWN H S
STERLING H S
SUGAR GROVE ACADEMY
WASHINGTON B T H S
WESTBURY H S
WHEATLEY H S
WORTHING H S
YATES H S
YOUNG SCHOLARS ACADEMY FOR EXCELLENCE
Don't expect comments from Grier or the trustees. As they have done in
the past, they will simply ignore this list. It just doesn't accommodate
their paradigm and fallacious beliefs about how wonderful they are.
Trustee Stipeche abstained from voting when a number of personnel issues
which came before the board. Why? If she disagreed with actions of the Grier
administration, she should have voted no. There's no respect for people who
were elected to take votes and simply abstain from the voting process.
Some Dems have no clue about teacher evaluations
Students hone their boxing skills in SHHS bathroom
HISD's boys in blue use excessive force on screaming SHHS student
"I would fuck that bitch up" ah...another day, another fight, SHHS
Don't forget....the Sam Houston High School lock down because of...fights!
OMG...another fight at SHHS
SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL STILL OUT OF CONTROL
Last year we had the student riot/walk-out, saw former Principal Jane
Crump get demoted and sent to Chavez (pity Chavez on that one),
complaints that TFAers run the show - and not very well - and now
we have this:
Oh, then there's the video of HISD police officers attacking a Sam
Houston High School student.
SAM HOUSTON STUDENT SPITS AT TEACHER
I guess the caveat is if you don't work at SHHS, count your blessings.
THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG
HISD considering settlement with Angela Box
Box resigns, gets 3 months pay
Democracy in Texas? Not if you oppose Koch-GOP
Cronyism is rampant in Grier's kingdom
...and we all have Paula Harris and her good
buddy & campaign financier Frank Jones to
thank for the ridiculously broad contract
written to entice Grier to come to HISD.
Grier's 2009 contract with HISD.
Baylor's Teen Health Clinic on Worthing HS campus could be under
The accusation against this health clinic is simple: It's giving birth control
pills to students without parental permission.
One parent emailed houstonisdwatch to say she has obtained the vial of
bills issued at the clinic and the parent had no knowledge her daughter
was able to get them at Worthing High School without her knowledge and
HISD knows this could be an explosive issue as abstinence is the official
health care policy for teens in Texas.
The concern here is not to debate abstinence as a sound educational approach
to teenage sex. The issue is a parent's right to know what their daughters are
ingesting, especially if the meds are coming from a clinic housed on an HISD
HISD is, apparently, aware of the potential mess they have on their hands, answering
TPIA requests from both the parent and houstonisdwatch with a "we don't have
documents responsive to your request."
houstonisdwatch wants to see the signed parental permission slips with redactions
as dictated by FERPA.
The involved parent wanted to see the video of the meeting HISD and Baylor conducted
to inform parents that birth control services would be provided by the clinic.
Baylor advertises "family planning services in its announcement of the clinic on
the HISD web site.
An authority higher than HISD's Public Information Office may need to be involved
to get to the bottom of this issue.
Who wants to be principal of Austin HS?
The job's wide open. SSO Noelia Longoria is foraging for candidates
Arredondo promoted to a new position created by Grier, Manuel Rodriguez
Yes, and the administrative bloat under Grier just gets gassier: Arredondo is
the Assistant Superintendent of Family and Community engagement....
His position is not listed in the Dec. 2 2014 salary roster posted here. On
that roster he is still listed as Austin HS principal.
Another take on Grier's obscene bonus approved unanimously by the
HISD school board
Donetrus Hill reported to be failing at basic school control
PAULA HARRIS APPOINTS HER FRIENDS TO PRINCIPALSHIPS
THEN FAILS TO MONITOR OR HELP THEM
The cartoon adaptation of Paula Harris in action, i.e. lying to get her way,
is totally appropriate on a day when parents continue to complain about
Donetrius Hill's leadership, if that's what you call it, at Yates High School.
But the fact that Mr. Hill has been placed at Yates has much more to
do with Paula Harris sticking her nose in business where it doesn't
belong. Everyone knows school board members are not supposed to
interfere with principal selections.
But Grier governs by a quid pro quo strategy that lets his ass-kissers take
off from work whenever they want and allows rogue principals like Jason
Catchings to spend their time equally between school and business (we
hope Catchings spends as much time dealing with Westbury business as
he does dealing with Jason Catchings Hunting and Fishing Adventures.)
A parent of a Jack Yates High School student sent houstonisdwatch
this video aptly titled "A Normal Day at Jack Yates High School."
Ah, Paula Harris, Terry Grier, and Donetrius Hill, all at their best.
The question District IV residents need to ask is when does Ms. Harris
plan to close Yates High School and sell the land to HEB?
She hasn't been honest about bond allocations in the past and there's no
reason to believe she actually intends to keep Jack Yates High School
open even when she says so.
If UH's floundering athletic programs ever took off, the land Yates sits
on would make a great parking garage.
Pinocchio days are here again.
MBAs create good school principals? Maybe not
Reformers like Grier believe MBAs make good school leaders
Grier has pushed his principals to take advantage of the business
leadership program at St. Thomas.
Should principals be trained like MBAs?
Roy de la Garza at Milby owned a Belgium restaurant for a while. Jason Catchings
actively promotes his Fishing & Hunting Adventures.
But where is the proof managing children is just like managing a business?
What makes Grier's approach any different from the many charter schools
opening up all over the country?
If HISD is in a marketing strategy mode, why is Bellaire High School
over-crowded and neighboring Lee and Westbury have room to grow?
Grier runs the HISD board and his chief BBF and backer, Harvin Moore,
spouts the same philosphy Grier does. Ironically, Moore turns around and
advocates for more specialty schools like the Mandarin Chinese School and
Arabic Immersion School which plays to a very niche market.
But Grier fails to apply marketing principals to his governship of HISD
(markets don't work in education anyway) or he wouldn't have extended
his Apollo model into all the Leverage Leadership schools he and Roland
Fryer have created.
Most marketing researchers identify a dud, a slow mover, a failure, and move on.
Grier realizes he doesn't have to be bothered with the accountability piece in
marketing and he certainly doesn't think negative results should impede the
creation of...well, negative results.
He will continue to hold his salesmen - teachers and school administrators - accountable
for a bad product. Grier and the HISD trustees could and should study the problems
the McDonal'ds corporation is having right now with a 4% decrease in US sales.
Sure there's some talk about improving training of employees, but most of the focus
is on the product Mickey D's is trying to sell.
In HISD, Grier is selling unbridled weekly bench mark testing and unreasonable
expectations and pressure on teachers.
He sold Apollo, renamed it, and now calls it Leverage Leadership.
Even advertising on craigslist isn't helping HISD find teachers
HISD leadership may think its great all over, and the trustees think
they're great all over by not answering citizen emails and wanting to
flee the scene when the community speaks, but the word outside
HISD is to stay as far away from this district as possible.
Sorry, Mr. Houlihan, prospective teachers aren't buying what you're
Grier, trustees knew John Modest was
not certified to be principal of Worthing
but appointed him anyway
Contract: John Modest
SBEC certification: John Modest
With so many other certified candidates, why
did the board and Grier allow this to happen?
Check out his certifications. Mr. Modest didn't
rush to gain certification.
A concerned citizen from the Worthing community field a complaint
against HISD for this appointment.
2013-14 Accreditation status for Texas public school districts
And, remember, during this rating period Commissioner Williams was under the gun
to produce satisfactory (and, in HISD's case, inflated) ratings. School boards
and superintendents were concerned about the fallout on them if schools were
rated on rigorous STAAR standards.
New Texas accountability system
I taught at the worst performing schools in Texas: What reformers get all wrong
Grading Texas: Vouchers are not an education solution:
Dan Patrick voted
worst legislator in Texas
in 2013 by Texas Monthly
Patrick says 100,000 Texas
students are on waiting list
to attend charter schools
Lone Star crazy: How right
wing extremists took over
HISD makes no dent in reducing teacher vacancies: 112 openings for teachers
76 for instructional personnel
Stipeche's saint routine is wearing thin
*As board president, she has not stopped
any of Grier's policies that harm teachers and
*She was aware of Roland Fryer's return to HISD
in the summer and asked a few questions about it,
but then did nothing to stop it...thus we have the Leverage
Leadership nonsense going on
*She voted to award Larry Marshall for his service in HISD, a move
on her part to solidify her probability of becoming board president
*She leads no opposition to Grier. As much as HFT supports her
records show she votes with the majority to terminate HISD teachers
*She did not speak up in support of Atherton teachers
*She arrived late to the Dodson meeting and tried to hide in
the back; she was impotent in her attempts to keep the school open
Ms. Stipeche has not won landslide victories in District VIII. The black
community feels betrayed by her.
The so-called opposition to Grier consisting of Stipeche,
Lunceford, and Eastman, has been pathetic.
There is no opposition to Terry Grier on this current board.
Ms. Stipeche and Mr. Lunceford, as well as Manuel Rodriguez and
Paula Harris, are up for reelection in 12 months.
It's time to consider a clean slate. It's time to get them all out
HISD trustees, once again, tell community to F* off
When HFT tells us we have to support Stipeche for reelection, we should
remember this: Board votes six figure bonus for Grier
Grier gets his way: Wheatley High School destroyed
Residents feel betrayed by HISD
Texas to close 14 charter school operators
Board agenda for Dec. 11, 2014
Cut/paste board agenda
Greetings from the Chiefs
KOCH-GOP HAS NO USE FOR PUBLIC
EDUCATION AS WE KNOW IT
This should be more worrisome than anything going
on in HISD because you can leave HISD...but the entire
fabric of U.S. public education is being purchased by
the Koch-GOP. Koch bought and paid for the GOP. Now t
hey want to destroy U.S. public schools.
The Grier circus continues: They come, they look around, they go
Latest HISD salary report Dec. 8, 2014
Great all over? LMAO
Jason Catchings wants you to
buy his fishing and hunting
wares...oh, and he's Grier's
minion at Westbury HS
Wainright era may be regarded fondly by Westbury veterans
First off, do the Westbury parents know what the hell is going
on at their high school?
Do they care that Grier's unethical vendetta against veteran teachers is
being carried out by someone who is no better than a hack mid-manager
who is willing to do whatever it takes to keep his own business growing.
Should we oppose principals who also run businesses? Have you ever
been a principal or assistant principal? Probably not. You have no idea
how much time the job requires, that is, if your superintendent is really
interesting in running a community school and if you feel, as longtime
former Bellaire Principal Bill Lawson did, that the principal needs to be
seen at every major school event.
Grier has no regard for HISD's communities. He apparently has no
use for veteran teachers, either, as his minion at Westbury just
targeted two high profile HFT members and told them on Friday
not to return.
This is just the beginning, though. Everywhere Grier lays his hands,
chaos emerges. Welcome to rumble, Westbury.
And if there are any parents with clout left in the beleaguered community,
the time to speak up is slipping away.
Redistricting HISD to give former NFISD residents more clout
REWRITING HISTORY: APOLLO LEGACY
One of the easier jobs in HISD? Teaching JROTC at Bellaire High School
There are classes at BHS that are reported to have as many as 45 students
in one section. Bellaire is a school of choice because parents whose children
are zoned to Westbury, Madison, and Lee find ways to get their kids into
That speaks volumes about the standards and achievement at Bellaire. But
in an overcrowded school with overcrowded P.E. classes and electives, why
haven't Bellaire's three JROTC instructors done more to recruit students?
After all, JROTC provides excellent training for students in developing self-
discipline and working as a team.
Traditionally, the failure goes two ways. The Bellaire administration has never
asked its JROTC department to do more than stand at attention and post of
colors at events. There seems to be unwillingness on the part of the administration
to promote JROTC for fear of offending its moneyed class of students.
Of course, that's fallacious reasoning reasoning expecially when looking at
Bellaire' s enrollment.
houstonisdwatch obtained these JROTC enrollment figures through a TPIA
Perhaps Bellaire's three JROTC instructors who together serve less than 300
students could enlighten us. Maybe assumptions are wrong.
ASPIRE bonuses went to campuses where
achievement is usually not in question.
When will bonuses go to the teachers working
with the hardest-to-reach kids?
Debakey, Bellaire, Carnegie-Vanguard teachers
benefited the most...but is this the way the system
was intended to work?
Anna Eastman's double standard: at home vs. HISD
So let's see...what does Ms. Eastman really have going for her at this point?
Wasn't her unwillingness to extend Grier's never-ending contract years ago?
Didn't she vote to give Larry Marshall recognition and $$ upon his scandal-
Hasn't she always voted to hold teachers to the highest standards even when
the expectations are unreasonable and disruptive to the classroom environment?
Of, that's right, almost forgot...Anna Eastman never taught in HISD.
Does Anna Eastman answer emails? No, unless they are praising her...
but on that note, is it fair to hold her to a standard none of her colleagues
As a regular board meeting attendee pointed out, the parade of citizens at the end
of the board meetings generates more disinterested looks and rush to the cell phones
than actual board members caring...
What goes on in families should stay in families except when what goes on involves
harming the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico.
While Ms. Eastman wears the self-appointed mantle of sainthood, her husband is busy
defending BP associate partner Cameron in their quest to avoid paying for the
damage they caused by the Macondo blowout back in 2010.
Read what the Houston Business Journal has to say about Anna's hubby Brad Eastman.
For Anna integrity and public service are good attention-grabbers but don't bring them into
her personal life.
BELLAIRE HS ACTIVE IN ASSIGNING STUDENTS TO ALTERNATIVE CAMPUSES
Bellaire High School final 2013-14 PEIMS discipline report
*Based on the final PEIMS submission submitted to T.E.A., 90 Bellaire students
were assigned to alternative campuses in 2013-14
*Total of 1,688 violations of the Student Code of Conduct logged by Bellaire
personnel based on 1,591 incidents
*39 instances of mutual combat/fighting
(houstonisdwatch obtained this information through a TPIA request)
Winning lawsuits against HISD
Lawsuit settlements usually include a silence clause to keep parties from divulging
the terms of settlement. houstonisdwatch has learned that several of the parties mentioned
on this site were successful in either getting the district to admit wrong-doing or obtaining
financial compensation from HISD. No more details can be disclosed.
Teacher vacancies in HISD inch up to 105 for teachers and an additional 72 for
for instructional personnel
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