Cy-Fair ISD trustee ‘no longer employed’ with IT company after comments made regarding Black teachers
The Cy-Fair ISD trustee who has been under recent criticism for race-related comments he made regarding Black teachers in the district has been released from the technology company where he worked, his former employer announced.
Texas school trustee's remarks on Black teachers draw ire
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area school board member is facing calls to resign after he linked more Black teachers to lower school district performance in response to a presentation on an audit of the di[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Former HISD leader indicted in connection to alleged multi-million dollar bribery scheme – Houston Public Media
The 26-count indictment accuses former COO Brian Busby of awarding HISD contracts to HISD contract vendor Anthony Hutchison in return for cash bribes and home remodeling.houstonpublicmedia.org
Madison High School students walk out in response to explicit audio recording posted on social media: Here’s what HISD is saying about the walkout
Students at James Madison High School walked out of class Thursday morning after a recording surfaced on social media. The recording is said to be of Madison High School employees who allegedly used “sexually explicit language” in front of students, <a href="https://twitter.com/MrEBWD/status/1461209187392835590" target="_blank">Gerry Monroe</a>, a Houston-area education advocate told KPRC 2.
Houston ISD superintendent welcomes students back to school
It’s a big day for thousands of students in the Houston area as it is back to school for the largest district in the state of Texas. Thousands of students will be heading back to school. Houston ISD Superintendent Millard House made several stops Monday morning. The first was at Benbrook Elementary School, where he welcomed students with breakfast.
Community Members Push For Mask Mandates In Houston-Area School Districts – Houston Public Media
School districts across the state including Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas ISD have defied the Governor’s orders, announcing their plans to implement their own mask mandate.houstonpublicmedia.org
‘Standing up for our children’: Judge Lina Hidalgo in support of mask mandate for students in Harris County
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo discussed her support for Houston ISD Superintendent Millard House II Tuesday on his desire to have a mask mandate for the district, as well as her feelings about Gov. Greg Abbott.
HISD Superintendent Will Propose Houston Schools Mask Mandate – Houston Public Media
If approved, HISD would likely be the first school district in the state to violate Gov. Greg Abbott’s mask mandate ban, and set up a potential confrontation between the state and the new Houston superintendent.houstonpublicmedia.org
HISD Superintendent House Says Delta's Rapid Spread Hasn't Yet Altered Plans For In-Person Classes
With the school year fast approaching, recently minted Houston Independent School District Superintendent Millard House II released a video message Saturday in an attempt to reassure district parents and students that HISD’s plans for 100 percent in-person classes starting August 23 weren’t in jeopardy, despite the...houstonpress.com
Interim Houston ISD Superintendent Announces She’s Leaving The School District – Houston Public Media
Lathan has acted as interim superintendent for the state’s largest school district for the last three years, since the previous leader Richard Carranza left abruptly for New York City in March 2018. She’ll start her new job as superintendent of the Springfield Public School District in Missouri in July. “It’s a blessing for you and a curse for us,” school board president Patricia Allen told Lathan Monday. Previously, in the fall of 2018, some HISD board members had tried to oust Lathan after coordinating secretly. “I did feel, you know, a little worried because she was leading our school district during this TEA takeover and this pandemic,” he said.houstonpublicmedia.org
These Houston-area schools are maintaining their mask, social distancing policies
However, several Houston-area schools will maintain current safety protocols. Houston-area School DistrictsAldine ISDAldine ISD is upholding all safety protocols, including the wearing of face coverings, social distancing, and frequent hand washing, until further clarification. Cypress-Fairbanks ISDThe district is upholding current safety protocol, including requiring masks, while it reviews Abbott's order and awaits guidance from TEA. Katy ISDThe district is currently upholding its COVID-19 safety measures, which include requiring masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing. Texas Southern UniversityTexas Southern University is maintaining current protocol, which requires masks or facial coverings, social distancing, temperature checks and daily COVID questionnaires.chron.com
These Houston-area schools are maintaining their mask, social distancing policies
However, several Houston-area schools will maintain current safety protocols. Galveston ISDGalveston ISD will continue to require masks and social distancing throughout the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. “It is my belief that social distancing and masking should continue for now,” said Dr. Richard E. Rupp, medical director for Teen Health Center, Inc. which operates clinics at five Galveston ISD campuses. : H-E-B president Scott McClelland talks masks with ChronColleges and UniversitiesRice UniversityRice University will uphold its room occupancy limits and mask policy, which requires people to wear masks or face coverings while on campus. Texas Southern UniversityTexas Southern University is maintaining current protocol, which requires masks or facial coverings, social distancing, temperature checks and daily COVID questionnaires.chron.com
The Wrap: Girls Basketball Playoffs Scores, Highlights, Interviews, Photos (Area)
1 Cypress Creek defeats Cinco Ranch 67-29Cypress Creek looked the part on Saturday. After a 10-point first quarter, Cypress Creek locked down to allow seven total points over the next two quarters. Cypress Creek Player of the Game - Kyndall HunterPhoto Gallery: Cypress Creek vs Cinco Ranch (Photos by Bradley Collier/VYPE)Langham Creek defeats Grand Oaks 58-37Langham Creek is moving on in the playoffs with a big win over Grand Oaks on Saturday. Houston Heights defeats Ridge Point 61-58Heights is into the Regional Quarterfinals for a second-straight year. After a three-point victory over Ridge Point, the Bulldogs move on to face Cypress Creek in the next round.
The Wrap: Boys Basketball Playoffs Highlights, Interviews, Scores (Bi-District)
Even though it was delayed by just a few days, the 2021 UIL Boys Basketball playoffs have officially begun in Houston. We will continue to update this story throughout the day as scores, highlights and more comes in. Jack Yates defeats Sealy 95-71Jack Yates showed its force again as it not suprisingly opened the playoffs with a double-digit win and nearly hitting the 100-point mark. Memorial defeats Westbury 62-51The Mustangs win first round of the playoffs 62-51!! AdFort Bend Hightower defeats Waltrip 100-43Hightower Boys with the win over Waltrip.
HISD Proposal To Cut Off Student Congress Draws Controversy – Houston Public Media
The HISD school board will consider a proposal at its meeting Thursday to dissolve the relationiship between HISD and the official voice of the district’s 200,000 students. Consider the state's massive school finance lawsuit, where members of the student congress filed an amicus brief with the Texas Supreme Court. And more recently, the group, also known as “StuCon,” surveyed thousands of Houston students about how to reopen schools during the pandemic. But the time for the Student Congress has passed, HISD's Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan has decided. District administrators say that they’ve tried to contact the HISD Student Congress with no response.houstonpublicmedia.org
HISD Trustees Retain Their Seats For Now After Appeals Court Ruling
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsHouston ISD trustees won a round in court Wednesday when in a 2-1 vote, the Third District Court of Appeals upheld a temporary injunction barring Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath from ousting the HISD board and replacing it with one of his own choosing. The whole matter will probably move to the Texas Supreme Court next, but at least for now, there will be no new faces at the HISD board table anytime soon. However, in March 2019,TEA restated her duties as being district wide and Delaney told the HISD board and administration to shut down its superintendent search. The final HISD argument upheld by the court was that either Morath that the informal review of HISD should have been done by himself or a designated hearing examiner.houstonpress.com
Texas Still Blocked From Taking Over Houston’s School District, Appeals Court Rules – Houston Public Media
Education NewsTexas Still Blocked From Taking Over Houston’s School District, Appeals Court RulesThe appeals court upheld a temporary injunction that stops Texas from ousting Houston ISD’s school board. But the legal battle is not over.houstonpublicmedia.org
DATA: Houston-area school districts see troubling failure rates for first grading period
No matter the school district, failure rates for the first grading period, among those learning virtually, are much higher than failure rates during the same period last year, according to an analysis of data conducted by KPRC 2. After reporting 42% of students enrolled in Houston Independent School District failed at least one course during the first six weeks of the school year, KPRC 2 sent requests to 10 Houston-area school districts for failure rates among virtual students vs in-person students. As more requests are fulfilled, KPRC 2 will continue to update the data provided:Houston Independent School DistrictWhile the Houston Independent School District is Texas’ largest school district, it’s far from alone in documenting problems associated with virtual learning. Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School DistrictForty-four percent of high school students enrolled in virtual learning failed at least one course during the first grading period, data released by Cy-Fair ISD confirmed. Thirty-eight percent of middle school students learning virtually failed at least one course, according to the data.
Will Grenita "Survivor" Lathan Finally Be Named HISD Superintendent?
Lathan became interim superintendent after Richard Carranza bolted to New York City when offered the job of chancellor of the public schools there. Under Lathan's leadership, HISD has removed several schools from Improvement Required status and it has maintained a good bond raiting. But her tenure as interim superintendent has not been trouble free, even in recent days. Asked by several public speakers at an early October board meeting to delay the opening of HISD schools two more weeks until November 2, she instead ordered the schools open for in-person classes two weeks earlier. "Dr. Lathan represents the stability needed right now.”And the press release concluded by saying:"The HFT Board supports a recommendation to name Dr. Grenita Lathan sole finalist and superintendent of schools for the next twelve months.houstonpress.com
HISD changes COVID-19 gauge and transition process
HOUSTON – Houston ISD has made another policy change in the fight against COVID-19. Per the HISD COVID Gauge, the move to orange requires the average to be between 4 and 7 percent.”However, Harris County was at 7.6 percent positivity rate on Monday. We hear about all the cases that are happening on campuses,” said Zeph Capo with the Houston Teachers Federation. Capo with the Houston Teachers Federation believes the district is making changes with pressure from the state. Under the previous guidelines, the district would be in level red and it would mean closing schools and switching to online learning only.
HISD Reopens 16 Schools, Changes COVID-19 Closing Standards
All 16 schools have been deep cleaned and disinfected. Related Stories HISD Closes 16 Schools Where COVID-19 DetectedAny campus will still revert to virtual learning only if there are two or more confirmed (not just suspected) positive cases. "If two or more confirmed positive cases are reported on a campus, the campus will close and shift to virtual learning to adequately identify contacts of positive cases. All students on the campus will shift to virtual learning until the campus is cleared to re-open. Parents will be notified by their campus of any changes to the instructional day, and when in-person instruction has been cleared to resume."houstonpress.com
HISD Closes 16 Schools Where COVID-19 Detected
Well this was probably not what Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan and her administration wanted to see as on just Day 2 of in-person classes, the Houston ISD has announced it is temporarily closing 16 campuses where the coronavirus has been detected or is presumed to have arrived. The schools that are being temporarily closed and scheduled for another round of deep-cleaning include Bellaire High, Daily Elementary, Foerster Elementary, Hines-Caldwell Elementary, Houston Academy for International Studies High, Lanier Middle, Lawson Middle, Lewis Elementary, Pershing Middle, Pilgrim Academy, Piney Point Elementary, Roberts Elementary, Valley West Elementary, Waltrip High, Westbury High and Whittier Elementary. All students will be in virtual classes until after the clean-up is complete. At the very least several asked for a staggered reopening, instead of letting in all the students at once. Abbott has threatened the state's public schools with a loss of funding if they didn't offer in-person classes by the start of November.houstonpress.com
HISD students return to in-person learning since pandemic began
HOUSTON – Houston ISD students returned for in-person learning Monday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. “I’m very excited, he’s very excited,” said one mother at Young Elementary School. “Students will walk into the cafeteria, they’re gonna sanitize their hands, they’re gonna get their lunch, they’re gonna go to an assigned seat,” said Principal Matthew Schwer of Eliot Elementary School. The district said, for now, buses will only be available for special education, homeless, elementary and specialty school students. In all, HISD estimated roughly 80,000 enrolled students would return for in-person learning Monday.
Houston ISD cancels in-person, virtual classes on Election Day
Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographerSome good news for students of all ages: Houston ISD is canceling classes on Election Day. The district has moved a student holiday and staff professional development day to November 3 from February 24. Staff development will take place virtually on November 3, and virtual and in-person classes are canceled. Some staff members are able to take a comp day on November 3.chron.com
Texans visit Houston ISD for storytime in celebration of Founder’s Day honoring Bob McNair
The Texans are paying visits to Houston ISD students Tuesday for storytime in recognition of Founder’s Day. This year, members of the Texans organization are participating in a reading program in over 100 classrooms. We are LIVE from Trinity UMC where our sanctuaries of learning students from @BlackshearEHISD are getting a surprise reading from the @HoustonTexans and @TexansTORO1 in honor of the late Bob McNair and Founders Day! pic.twitter.com/eIsmeXVtBm — Houston ISD (@HoustonISD) October 6, 2020Founder’s Day is celebrated annually on October 6 honoring the legacy of late founder and CEO Bob McNair. “This day each year will be all about our internal team taking a moment to reflect on our organization’s Founder and uniting to make a difference in the Houston community,” Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes said.
HISD Board Hears Pleas From Speakers to Further Delay In-Person Classes
Several speakers stated that the district has yet to come up with a detailed plan for how it is going to protect students, teachers and other staff. Abbott's decision to require districts to return to in-person classes with the threat of lost state funds if they don't was acknowledged. "Until there is a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases, following Harris County public health recommendations, schools should have to remain online. Among the board members, Wanda Adams, seconded by Santos, led the charge to have the face-to-face start date delayed until November. We had a kid die in Beaumont today, an elementary school kid," she said in response to the night's public comments.houstonpress.com
Houston ISD honors Vanessa Guillen on her 21st birthday in 'Vanessa Guillen Day'
U.S. ARMY, HO / NYTHouston ISD is honoring Fort Hood Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen on what would have been her 21st birthday. Guillen attended HISD's Cesar Chavez High School. According to ABC13's Charly Edsitty, the district is honoring her memory with "Vanessa Guillen's Day."chron.com
TEA Investigation Slams HISD's Special Ed Operations
Harsh in its criticism of HISD, a special investigation unit of the EA concluded that a state conservator should be appointed to oversee special education operations in the district. Further, several of the years in question were years in which TEA itself illegally imposed an 8½ percent limit on the identification of special education students. Of course, reports critical of the HISD special education operation — in addition to parental complaints — preceded the DOE complaints in 2018. Once again TEA found inconsistent practices and that staff members at the campus and district levels weren't at all sure what HISD's special education policies and procedures were. As it stands, the TEA investigators concluded:"HISD does not hold principals accountable for special education services or for the education of students with disabilities.houstonpress.com
Houston Gets Dumped On Again
Waters rose around the Wortham but apparently not enough to flood it as it did in Harvey. The area hard hit by thunderstorms and flooding was in the northwest quadrant of Houston bordered by I-10 to the south and I-45 to the east. And inlanders got a lot more rain that it was initially thought they'd get from this slow moving storm. Houston Health Department COVID-19 testing sites will re-open Wednesday with some change in hours. And it's true as he said, Houston was built on a bayou and we're still living in bayou land.houstonpress.com
HISD website appears to crash on first day of virtual classes
HOUSTON – As students in the state’s largest school district started their virtual classes Tuesday, some parents reported having trouble connecting to the district’s website. KPRC 2 attempted to visit the official website for the Houston Independent School District several times Tuesday morning and received a runtime error and a 504 error. They will all be in virtual learning until at least Oct. 19, when some are scheduled to return to in-person learning. According to Lathan, about 12,000 students still do not have devices for virtual learning, but that does not mean they will be left behind. The district launched 36 digital learning centers for kids who still do not have what they need to participate in virtual school.
What you need to know about shopping for school supplies this year
Supplies you need for virtual learningSome schools are distributing virtual school supply lists and separate lists for when students go back to the classroom. Sales of traditional school supplies are down 12%. Will school supplies still be available when you need them? “We are not using community supplies anymore.”Don’t forget Texas’ Tax-Free weekendWith everything going on, you may have forgotten about Texas’ tax-free weekend. That is when school supplies and clothes and most items under $100 sold in stores and online are tax-free.
Houston ISD will not require students to wear uniforms this school year
Students attending school in Houston ISD this year won’t have to wear a uniform. The news was posted by Houston ISD Family & Community Engagement on Twitter and retweeted by the district. Students are not require to wear them during the 2020-21 #schoolyear-------------------------------------¿Tiene preguntas sobre los uniformes escolares en #HISD? The district recently announced the first day of school has been postponed from Monday, Aug. 24 to Tuesday, Sept. 8, and all students will engage in at-home virtual instruction through Friday, Oct. 16. For more information and the latest updates regarding Houston ISD’s reopening plan, click here.
Houston ISD resumes free curbside meal pick-up at 12 locations
Houston Independent School District has resumed its curbside summer meals program. The district is providing free student meals at 12 locations, seven of which are operating in partnership with the Houston Food Bank. Families are able to pick up multiple days’ worth of student meals on Mondays and Thursdays through August 31. The seven sites in partnership with the Houston Food Bank are located at:Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center9400 Irvington Blvd. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.Milby High School1601 Broadway St.10 a.m. - 1 p.m.Lawson Middle School14000 Stancliff St.10 a.m. - 1 p.m.Kashmere High School6900 Wileyvale St.
Houston ISD will open on Sept. 8. How does that compare to other school districts in the area and across the Texas?
Houston ISD will re-open on Sept. 8 and offer online learning for six weeks. How does that plan compare to other area districts and some of the larger ones across Texas? Area districtsThe majority of area school districts will start school between Aug. 17 and Aug. 24. Goose Creek ISD is the only other school district so far with a start date of Sept. 8 and students there will begin the year virtually for three weeks. Alief ISD, the first school district in the area to announce they will be starting the year virtually, will be the earliest to start off the 2020-2021 school year on Aug. 6.
Presidents of Texas’ 10 largest school boards send letter to Gov. Abbott about reopening schools
The presidents of the 10 largest school boards in Texas have come together to write a letter to Gov. “School districts require stability to open without fear of financial losses, and we need flexibility to open school in a manner we determine best for each community,” the letter reads. Secondly, the presidents requested that Abbott allow school districts the flexibility to design instructional systems that meet the needs of families and staff given local health conditions. The board called on Abbott to respond with his decisions by July 17 so that they can better inform their local school districts on the mentioned issues. The presidents of both the Aldine and Houston school boards were among those who signed the letter.
Here are 7 key dates to know if you have a student attending school in Houston ISD
Houston ISD has announced on Wednesday that the district will begin the school year with all students participating in entirely virtual instruction. September 8, 2020: First day of schoolThe first day of school will begin virtually, with all students participating in remote learning. October 16, 2020: Last day of entirely virtual instructionOctober 16 marks the last day of the first grading period. January 29, 2021: Fall semester endsDue to the delayed start of the school year, the fall semester will end on January 29, 2021. June 11, 2021: Last day of schoolThe last day of the 2020-21 school year is June 11, 2021.
Houston ISD to start year online; Athletics will "tentatively" schedule games awaiting UIL guidance
Houston ISD will begin the 2020 school year exclusively online for the first six weeks. According to the Houston ISD re-opening plan, the school year will begin September 8 and be only online for the first six weeks until October 16. As far as athletics goes the following is what the plan states. This covers playing games, screening protocols and fan attendance. Plans will be adjusted as COVID-19 conditions change.Coaches and student athletes will undergo entry screening in alignment with district screening protocols at all practices, sub-varsity games, and games played in district facilities.
Houston ISD: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans
Virtual instruction for the district begins on September 8 and will continue for six weeks through October 16. Houston ISD plans to offer face-to-face instruction for all students beginning October 19. PPE ProtocolsMasks will be provided to students, employees, and visitors if they do not have one. Instruction methods offeredHouston ISD plans to offer both face-to-face and virtual instruction for the upcoming school year. Face-to-faceHouston ISD plans to offer face-to-face instruction for all students beginning October 19.
HISD faces teacher shortage amid COVID-19; seeking to hire 275 teachers
HOUSTON – As administrators prepare for the start of the new school year, the Houston Independent School District said it still needs to hire roughly 275 teachers. As of Wednesday night, the district had more than 360 certified teacher jobs posted online. But Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, said the number of openings could soon rise as the deadline approaches for teachers to resign. HISD is hosting a virtual teacher job fair on July 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teachers who plan to resign before the new school year must notify the district by Friday night.
What you need to know about HISD’s parent survey for the 2020-2021 school year
HOUSTON – HISD is asking for parent feedback as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. The survey was first announced last Thursday, which allows parents and teachers a chance to provide feedback on distance learning and possible reopening scenarios once school begins in August. Possible reopening scenarios include face-to-face classes with reduced seating, continuing with distance learning, or hybrid learning. The survey asks questions about each child’s learning experience with distance learning during the school closure in the spring. To learn more about the 2020-2021 school year plan, click here.
Congrats, graduates: Watch HISD’s virtual high school graduations here
HOUSTON – While COVID-19 has prevented several Houston-area graduates from participating in a traditional graduation ceremony, Houston ISD is ensuring students are able to be recognized for their major milestone and once-in-a-lifetime achievement. Click on the following links to watch your senior’s high school graduation at 1 p.m.:
Houston ISD has released a proposed 2020-2021 school calendar. Here’s how you can provide feedback.
HOUSTON – Houston ISD has released a proposed 2020-2021 calendar and the community now has a chance to provide feedback. A survey was released last week to allow community members, students, staff and faculty the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed year-round school calendar. According to a statement released Monday afternoon, the proposed 2020-2021 calendar will have an earlier start date of Aug. 13, instead of the fourth Monday of August. The last day of school would be June 16, 2021, according to the calendar. To read the full 2020-2021 proposed calendar year which includes holidays, teacher-in service days and breaks, click here.
HISD Studies Ways to Rebound From the COVID-19 Disruption
Which means, running the numbers, 10,300 students are unaccounted for and apparently lost their connection to school entirely. At issue is not only social distancing on campus but also on the buses used to transport students, Lathan said. The interim superintendent said her administration hopes to have the school year calendar sorted out within the next month. Santos said teachers regarded the resolution as "a slap in the face" in calling for non-certified teachers to join their ranks. Sung wanted to postpone the vote until June and have Lathan present the board with what would be the options of having a year round school calendar.houstonpress.com
Houston ISD, City of Houston partner to offer tribute to graduating seniors
To honor the city's graduating seniors, the city of Houston and Houston ISD will host a first-of-its-kind citywide outdoor celebration on June 5, according to a city news release. "We want to have an event that creates a collective memory for our seniors and recognizes their accomplishments, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in the release. ON HOUSTONCHRONICLE.COM: Its too soon to say when Houston schools will reopen. HISD TV, the city's HTV channel and local television stations will broadcast the event. Read her on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com.chron.com
The best high schools in the Houston metro for 2020, according to U.S. News and World Report
The best high schools in the Houston metro for 2020, according to U.S. News and World ReportPHOTOS: Top high schools in the Houston Metro for 2020Houston ISD dominated this year's list, while Katy ISD, Alief ISD, Aldine ISD, Clear Creek ISD and Fort Bend ISD each had at least one school represented in the ranking. >>>See more for Houston's best public high schools in 2020, according to U.S. News & World Report... less PHOTOS: Top high schools in the Houston Metro for 2020Houston ISD dominated this year's list, while Katy ISD, Alief ISD, Aldine ISD, Clear Creek ISD and Fort Bend ISD each had at least one school represented in ... more Photo: Xy - Fotolia Photo: Xy - Fotolia Image 1 of / 39 Caption Close The best high schools in the Houston metro for 2020, according to U.S. News and World Report 1 / 39 Back to GalleryHouston ISD schools dominated U.S. News and World Report's latest ranking of best high schools in the Houston metro for 2020, accounting for nine of the top 25 spots. The Best High Schools rankings provide the most comprehensive, data-based information on nearly every public high school in the country, Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News, said in the release. Houston ISD schools took a majority of the top 25 spots for the Houston metro ranking, with DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Carnegie Vanguard High School and Eastwood Academy ranked as the top three schools, respectively. 1 high school in the U.S.For more information on the top high schools for 2020, visit U.S. News and World Report's website.chron.com
Houston ISD to hand out free meals this week under new safety procedures
Houston ISD to hand out free meals this week under new safety proceduresIn this March 16 file photo, people wait in line to receive food at Houston ISDs Milby High School as part of the districts free food distribution plan amid school closures caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Staff and volunteers will be stationed at 25 different food sites, which can distribute up to 500 bags or 15,000 pounds of food per day, according to a news release. Others who are driving will be asked to stay in their car while staff places food in their trunks. The district was forced to suspend meal pickups in late March after a volunteer at one of the food sites was potentially exposed to the coronavirus, forcing staff at that location into a 14-day quarantine. In a Tuesday news release, the district said it has updated its food delivery procedures and safety measures, which include staff filling out required forms for families now.chron.com
HISD Moves One Food Distribution Site
Houston ISD has announced that since Cullen Middle School has now been designated a COVID-19 testing site for the city, the school district will move the food distribution it has been doing there to Hartsfield Elementary at 5001 Perry,The same guidelines apply:As families arrive at sites, nutrition staff will minimize contact by filling out the required Emergency Food Assistance Program forms for families and placing food in their trunks. Participants who walk to the sites also must adhere to social distancing requirements. These are the food distribution sites and hours on Thursday, April 16Hartsfield Elementary School, 5001 Perry, 9 a.m. (Updated)Jane Long Academy, 6501 Bellaire Boulevard., 9 a.m.Burrus Elementary School, 701 E. 33rd, 11 a.m.Wheatley High School, 4801 Providence, 3 p.m.Fonwood Early Childhood Center, 9709 Mesa, 3 p.m.houstonpress.com
HISD Cancels its Food Distribution Starting Today
Houston ISD has announced it is cancelling its food distribution sites throughout the district starting today. HISD was operating the food giveaways for students and their families in partnership with the Houston Food Bank. In response to high demand after iit first began distributing food, the district had expanded to a number of sites. Citing increasing concerns about the coronavirus, the school district directs students and their families to other food distribution going on in the area. Schools remain closed through April 10. but online instruction is starting.houstonpress.com
Harris County Judge Orders Bars and Clubs Closed, Restaurants to Move to Take Out, Pick Up and Delivery Only
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced at a 5 p.m. press conference today that she was ordering that for the next 15 days, starting Tuesday at 8 a.m., all bars and clubs in the county be closed and that restaurants offer no sit down service instead just delivery, take out and curbside pickup. If we erred we erred on the side of action," Hidalgo said. "What we need to do is slow the progression of this virus before it overwhelms our healthcare system," Mayr Sylvester Turner said. If bars and clubs insit on opening, they will receive citations, officials said, if they aren't willing to work with the city and county. County Attorney Vince Ryan's office is working on price gouging and the county will be setting up a hotline.houstonpress.com
HISD Expands its Meal Distribution Operation After Saturday's Crowd [UPDATED]
Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan, shown in a board meeting, is taking quick action to meet the needs of families while school is out. Update 6:20 p.m. 3-15-20: HISD has announced that it will move to curbside pickup service at its distribution points this week. HISD Police and staff volunteers will be on site to enforce these measures and help with crowd control," the district stated in a press release. On Saturday, when Houston ISD working with the Houston Food Bank School Market program, opened up a meal distribution at Chavez High School, the turnout was impressively substantial. Officials say the program will be evaluated during the week and extended if needed.houstonpress.com
Questions persist after 3rd Houston ISD staffer arrested on year-old child indecency allegations
Questions persist after 3rd Houston ISD staffer arrested on year-old child indecency allegationsHISD teachers James Bradley (left) and Raymond Williams (right) stand before a court magistrate accused of indecency with a child, on Monday, February 17 (Bradley) and Sunday, February 16 (Williams). In all three cases, HISD officials did not answer questions as to why the districts police officers took about a year to arrest the staff members. District officials said Haque and Williams did not return to HISD campuses after police learned about allegations levied by students. Bradley continued teaching after an HISD internal investigation was unable to substantiate the allegations, district officials said. It is unclear from the districts statements, however, whether state law mandated that HISD officials report Williams to the board.chron.com
HISD teachers free on bond after indecency with a child arrests
HISD teachers free on bond after indecency with a child arrestsHISD teachers James Bradley (left) and Raymon Williams (right) stand before court magistrates on Monday, February 17 (Bradley) and Sunday, February 16 (Williams). Each is accused of indecency with a child. HISD teachers James Bradley (left) and Raymon Williams (right) stand before court magistrates on Monday, February 17 (Bradley) and Sunday, February 16 (Williams). Photo: OnScene TV Photo: OnScene TV Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close HISD teachers free on bond after indecency with a child arrests 1 / 5 Back to GalleryA pair of Houston ISD educators both accused in 2019 of molesting young students and arrested within days of each other are free on bond, court records show. Over the weekend, former Kashmere Gardens Elementary School teacher Raymon Williams married and the father of two children was booked and released from jail.chron.com
Police: Houston ISD teacher accused of molesting kindergartner
Police: Houston ISD teacher accused of molesting kindergartnerFile photo of handcuffs on table. Close up of metal handcuffs Photo: Rafe Swan, Getty Image Photo: Rafe Swan, Getty Image Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Police: Houston ISD teacher accused of molesting kindergartner 1 / 1 Back to GalleryAuthorities arrested a Houston ISD teacher Monday on charges that he molested an elementary school student in early 2019, the second such booking of a district teacher in the past three days. Lockhart Elementary School educator James Bradley and former Kashmere Gardens Elementary School teacher Raymon Williams, who was booked Saturday, both face charges of indecency with a child following separate allegations of inappropriate touching. On HoustonChronicle.com: Former HISD teacher charged with child indecencyThe circumstances behind Bradleys arrest bear similar hallmarks to the HISD police investigation into Williams, 46. Similar to Bradleys case, the Williams report does not document any new evidence gathered between the March 2019 exam and Saturday.chron.com
KPRC Senior Scholarships: A look back at 2019’s winners
HOUSTON – Since 2015, KPRC Channel 2 has been awarding twenty scholarships to deserving high school seniors. The winning students and schools have been featured weekly in KPRC’s newscasts. Here are a few winners from 2019′s Senior Scholarships. Angela Chan - Westfield High School, Spring ISDNaya Edwards - North Shore Senior Highschool, Galena Park ISDWill Ashworth - Klein Forest Highschool, Klein ISDAndy Nguyen - Westside High School, Houston ISDMarcela Molina - Sharpstown International School, Houston ISDSavannah Lawerence - La Porte High School, La Porte ISDJared Hallmark - Dulles High School, Fort Bend ISDNishat Nabi - Cypress Ranch High School, Cy-Fair ISDIsaiah Osazuwa - Alief Taylor High Shcool, Alief ISD
Allen, Blueford-Daniels hold strong early leads in HISD runoff races
Allen, Blueford-Daniels hold strong early leads in HISD runoff racesHouston ISD school board candidates Kathy Blueford-Daniels, running in District II, and Patricia Allen, running in District IV, held leads Saturday in their runoff elections. Houston ISD school board candidates Kathy Blueford-Daniels, running in District II, and Patricia Allen, running in District IV, held leads Saturday in their runoff elections. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Allen, Blueford-Daniels hold strong early leads in HISD runoff races 1 / 1 Back to GalleryEarly election results showed Houston ISD school board candidates Kathy Blueford-Daniels and Patricia Allen with comfortable leads in their runoff races Saturday, as they aim to fill the final two seats on the districts closely watched governance team. HISD trustees and the districts largest teachers union are suing to stop the takeover. Allen entered the race with strong name recognition as a 35-year veteran of HISD and the daughter of state Rep. Alma Allen, D-Houston.chron.com
Worthing HS teacher's aide allegedly had sex with student in storage unit: officials
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An employee at HISD's Worthing High School is accused of having sex with a student, according to law enforcement sources.Tedria Fluellen, 51, appeared in Harris County Probable Cause Court Friday night. In court, Fluellen's defense attorney said she's worked at Worthing High School for the past two years as a teacher's aide. The student told officers they had sex four times at his house, Fluellen's house, in the parking lot of Worthing High School and in a storage unit.The boy also told Houston ISD police that Fluellen once told him, "You don't have to be gay. "The teen's grandmother reported the alleged affair after finding sexually explicit text messages on the boy's phone.Eyewitness News went to Fluellen's house on Monday. A woman answered the door but declined to answer any questions.Fluellen is due back in court in December.abc13.com
Did your child's school make the list? Houston's top performing schools revealed
Pexels photoHOUSTON - A list of Houston's top 10 performing schools was released Monday during a press conference. Children At Risk reviewed 1,426 public and public charter schools in Houston, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties. The rankings were measured by achievement indicators, performance indicators, growth indicators and college readiness. Here are the top performing schools:Top 10 elementary schools:Spring Branch Academic Institute Spring Branch ISD T. H. Rogers School Houston ISD Devers El Devers ISD Creekside Forest El Tomball ISD Rummel Creek El Spring Branch ISD Commonwealth El Fort Bend ISD Cornerstone El Fort Bend ISD West University El Houston ISD Mandarin Immersion Magnet School Houston ISD Galatas El Conroe ISDTop 10 middle schoolsSpring Branch Academic Institute Spring Branch ISD T. H. Rogers School Houston ISD Austin Middle Galveston ISD Cornerstone Academy Spring Branch ISD Project Chrysalis Middle Houston ISD Mandarin Immersion Magnet School Houston ISD Harmony School Of Innovation Katy Harmony School Of Science Energized For Stem Academy West Middle Houston ISD Fort Settlement Middle Fort Bend ISD Beckendorff J H Katy ISDTop 10 high schoolsDebakey High School for Health Professions Houston ISD Kerr High School Alief ISD Carnegie Vanguard High School Houston ISD Eastwood Academy Houston ISD Young Womens College Prep Academy Houston ISD East Early College High School Houston ISD Alief Early College High School Alief ISD North Houston Early College High School Houston ISD Challenge Early College High School Houston ISD Houston Academy for International Studies Houston ISDDid your child's school make the list? Copyright 2019 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.
HISD's takeover by Texas education brass official
EMBED >More News Videos After years of bad grades, in-house bickering and revolving superintendents, the state says "enough" and takes over HISD. HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Texas Education Agency is taking control of the state's largest school district.In a letter sent Wednesday from the TEA to Houston ISD interim superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan and board president Diana Davila, the state informed district leaders it would appoint a board of managers and a superintendent.It also downgraded the district's accreditation.This means HISD's elected school board will not have any voting power.The move comes after years of what the state considers dysfunction and a failure to properly educate all children.Gov. Greg Abbott released the following statement about HISD:HISD released the following statement:abc13.com
TEA Commissioner Drops the Hammer, HISD Board Will Be Replaced With State Appointees
After months upon months of waiting, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath finally made his decision Wednesday and announced that he will be replacing the Houston ISD trustee board with his own appointees. Besides the information value of such an exercise, it's probably an easy way to weed out the folks constitutionally unable to sit through long school board meetings. Among other findings, those investigators allege that five board members violated the Texas Open Meetings Act and that some board members lied to them during their inquiries about that violation. Five members of the present school board - Board President Diana Davila, Sergio Lira, Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca, Anne Sung and Elizabeth Santos had wanted to replace her with former superintendent Abe Saavedra. Those newly elected to the school board will be sworn in but will lose all decision-making power once the appointed board is installed by the state commissioner.houstonpress.com
Texas Education Agency to officially take over HISD
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Texas Education Agency is taking control of the state's largest school district.In a letter sent Wednesday from the TEA to Houston ISD interim superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan and board president Diana Davila, the state informed district leaders it would appoint a board of managers and a superintendent.It also downgraded the district's accreditation.This means HISD's elected school board will not have any voting power.The move comes after years of what the state considers dysfunction and a failure to properly educated all children.Gov. Greg Abbott released the following statement about HISD:abc13.com
2 HISD football games rescheduled from Saturday to Monday night
HOUSTON – Two Houston ISD high school football games have been rescheduled due to Saturday's inclement weather. Wheatley vs. Washington and Davis vs. Yates varsity football games have been moved to Monday night. The Wheatley-Washington football game has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Barnett Stadium. The Davis-Yates game has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Dyer Stadium. All other HISD varsity football games originally scheduled for Saturday will be held earlier at the following times:Milby vs. Chavez Barnett Stadium 11 a.m.Madison vs. Sharpstown Butler Stadium 11 a.m.Houston vs. Bellaire Cowart Stadium 11 a.m.Lamar vs. Westbury Delmar Stadium 11 a.m.No other district events are affected
Back to school: HISD offers free lunches for students starting in 2014
HOUSTON – At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, Houston ISD will implement an initiative to make sure every student gets lunch at school. "We are serving free lunch at 166 schools. Now, this is free to all students. For a list of every school offering students a free lunch, click here. On high school campuses, students will have the choice of grabbing a prepacked brown bag lunch if they don't want to wait in line.