Houston ISD releases final plan to become ‘District of Innovation’: What this means for campuses
The Houston Independent School District is no longer trying to increase class sizes for pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students. The proposal was removed from the district’s final district of innovation plan release Friday afternoon.
15% improvement now required for STAAR test scores after HISD board vote
The Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees have voted to approve four student outcome goals set forth by the district in hopes of improving student test scores and readiness for once they leave the classroom over the next five years.
Fleming MS celebrates students’ academic improvements using NES model with ‘Viking of the Week’ program
Fleming Middle School is taking things a step further to motivate its students through navigating the new NES model on campus. Students are awarded weekly for showing not only academic improvements but also character development.
HISD superintendent says he will pay ‘teacher experts’ to review curriculum after inappropriate lesson appears online
The Houston Independent School District is responding to an inappropriate lesson plan circulating on social media that was supposed to be taught to middle school students in the district’s New Education System-aligned campuses.
Support for Houston ISD’s Spanish speakers has dwindled under state-appointed leader, parents say
For one reading class, Superintendent Mike Miles said instruction would focus on English, even if it meant risking state funding for dual-language programs. Parents say it goes further than that, adding that their kids are receiving no assistance in Spanish at all.
First look inside Fleming Middle School, the HISD campus KPRC 2 will spend a year chronicling
This school year, KPRC 2 is embarking on a project to chronicle a year inside Fleming Middle School on the north side of Houston. Fleming is one of the 28 schools Houston ISD labeled as a high-priority campus.
‘Stand up for what’s right!’: Teachers, faculty continue to express concerns about promised salaries at Houston ISD
With just a few days before the first day of school, many people continue to reach out to KPRC 2 for help getting answers. They say their current pay does not match what the district promised them when they signed up to do the job.
Former HISD school board discusses upcoming changes within the district
Several ousted Houston ISD elected board members joined together virtually to speak with the community Tuesday. They say the purpose was to walk people through the proposed policy changes that Superintendent Mike Miles wants the new state-appointed board to approve.
Nearly 2,400 positions cut at Houston ISD’s central office as part of reorganization
During the latest round of community meetings held via Zoom on Thursday, Houston Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles provided more details on the numbers of positions which would be eliminated from the district’s central office.
As school year approaches, Houston ISD still trying to fill job vacancies
There are only six weeks until school starts, and the Houston Independent School District still has many job vacancies. The district is holding weekly hiring events to make sure people are in place to welcome students on Aug. 28.
At schools across Houston, students and parents protest Texas Education Agency’s takeover of state’s largest district
At one elementary school, protesters chanted as the school day was about to begin. Parents sought petition signatures at a high school. The demonstrations are planned throughout the day.
TEA Takeover: Tensions rise at first community meeting as congresswoman addresses crowd, questions go unanswered
The Texas Education Agency is hosting its first of four community meetings Tuesday night, nearly a week after the state announced it would move forward with a takeover of its largest school district.
Greater Houston Coalition Justice files lawsuit on behalf of Houston ISD against TEA for ‘discrimination’
The Greater Houston Coalition Justice announced Thursday the filing of a lawsuit for discrimination against the Texas Education Agency on behalf of the Houston Independent School District following the agency’s decision to take over the school district, according to a news release.
Houston ISD families blast the state’s takeover of the district as an intervention that won’t improve student learning
Parents and students of the Houston Independent School District decried the state’s decision to take control of the school system. Despite the news, many questions remain about how it would affect them.
Texas Supreme Court weighs whether to allow state’s education agency to oust Houston school board
Among other issues, the court will consider whether a law that updated the education code last year has any bearing on TEA Commissioner Mike Morath’s attempt to replace HISD’s board members over low academic scores.
Houston ISD answers parents’ back to school questions
KPRC 2 is hosting a live panel discussion to help prepare families in the Houston ISD to head back to school. We'll talk campus safety, the impact of the teacher shortage on your child's classroom, school bus routes, and the cost of everything from cafeteria meals to extracurriculurs.
Elementary school teacher charged with sexual assault amid claims he repeatedly groped a student while classmates were at recess
A former elementary school teacher in Houston Independent School District has been arrested after allegations arose that he inappropriately touched a second grade student at Ashford Elementary multiple times in 2016.
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.
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, Gerry Monroe, 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.
‘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.
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.
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.