HISD Superintendent Millard House II on his first 100 day: ‘I’m not a politician. I’m an educator.’
He’s just completed his first 100 days as superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. Millard House II says many of those days were spent listening to the parents, teachers and staff about their priorities.
‘You can’t have it both ways’: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick vows to fight Biden administration over Texas abortion law
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) is the guest on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall and says the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the Texas abortion law is mis-placed. Attorney General Merrick Garland described the Texas law (allowing private citizens to act as plaintiffs via lawsuits) as a scheme to nullify the U.S. Constitution. “I actually thought he was talking about Biden’s vaccination plan”, Patrick said. “Because you can’t have it both ways. You can’t say the government cannot intercede in these matters when government, to suit themselves on the vaccinations, is interceding on private matters.
Houston Newsmakers this week: Reward money for crime tips, 9/11 victim’s family shares memories, & more
The reward was $100,000 dollars for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the shooting death of an off-duty New Orleans police officer. Rania Mankarious is the CEO of Crime Stoppers of Houston and says that kind of reward was a difference-maker in leading to the arrest of two men in those killings. But she adds that the bail reform system, which is changing because of a new law comes too late to correct one significant wrong. “We actually were searching for him back in March and Crime Stoppers apprehended him,” said Mankarious about one of the suspects. “Bond enforcement paid a reward on him and of course he’s back out on the streets and able to kill.” She says it will help when the new law goes into effect. “Basically what it says is that when you’re dealing with the most violent offenders, you can’t get a PR bond, a get out of jail free card. And that should be common sense for all but it’s not.” See the full interview on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall.
Houston Newsmakers: Mask mandates take center stage
Millard House II says HISD has not taken anyone to court over mask mandates and doesn’t plan to. He is a guest on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall and says his decision to require masks for HISD students and staff was not meant to make waves. “This was not a decision that we wanted to see as a controversial decision or an opportunity to push back against government officials,” he said. “That’s not what this was about. This was about keeping children safe.”
Houston Newsmakers: U.S. Rep. Brady: Commission on Capitol riot would be biased
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, (R) 8th says this, his 13th term in Congress will be his last. He is a guest on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall and says his legacy will show that he is a strong conservative who sought middle ground. “Every day I woke up determined to fight to stop bad ideas,” he said. “But I worked equally hard to find common ground. As a conservative, I knew I could and so I worked with some great law makers and great presidents to get these things done.”
Houston Newsmakers: Serve America Movement registers as political party in Texas
It is called the Serve America Movement and it has now applied for recognition as a political party in Texas. Former Houston Mayoral candidate Bill King is the Party’s Founding State Chair and says his party is seeking those who want nothing to do with radical fringe politics. “All the polling shows the vast majority of Americans are in the middle of the political spectrum,” he said. “It’s only the people who are on the ideological fringes, which is unfortunately what controls the primary election, that drives this narrative that somehow we’re a divided people.” Former GOP Congressman David Jolly is the Executive Chairman of the party and says the SAM party is a logical destination for people who want to see progress over hyper partisanship. “We’re the only big tent party in the United States of America today,” he said. “We want moderates, progressives, conservatives, provided you are committed to the basic problem solving construct that government should reflect, that you’re committed to transparency and accountability, that’s SAM.” See much more about this new party sinking national roots, including Texas on this week’s Houston Newsmakers EXTRA.
Congressman Randy Weber: Jan 6th Commission not needed
Congressman Randy Weber (R) 14th, did not vote to establish a commission to look into the January 6th attack on the Capitol. He is a guest on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall and says the commission set up will not favor fairness.
Dr. Grenita Lathan: Leaving HISD with no regrets
Grenita Lathan, Ph.D., was never more than an Interim Superintendent for three years at the Houston Independent School District. After being passed over for the permanent job more than once, she leaves in July to become the Superintendent of the Springfield Missouri Public Schools. On this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall, she talks about why she’s leaving, the lessons learned and what more needs to be done. She also says during natural disasters and the pandemic, she learned the importance of being able to pivot and focus on priorities such as feeding the children and families of HISD. “To see the lines wrapped around the school out into the street, it was so disheartening,” she said. “I’m talking to the staff and I’m saying this can’t be a one-shot deal. We can’t just stop and provide meals today. We need to figure out how we’re going to do this.” See the full interview above.