BELLAIRE PARENTS TO VOICE OPPOSITION TO BELLAIRE HIGH
STUDENTS BEING UPROOTED DURING BHS REBUILD
"Don't to to our kids what you're doing to Milby students"
Insiders report growing opposition to bond construction in the
City of Bellaire

Milby students made to be Nomads by Grier's bond extravagance
Moldy band room and uniforms are a result of HISD's delayed maintenance
program and an out-of-touch principal

Leo Bobadilla will tell you HISD waits for plumping and A.C. systems to break
before fixing them.  In fact, HISD does not budget for preventative maintenance
and the district only performs inspections as required by local, state, and
federal law.

So the following pictures are not really surprising when a school principal
like Mr. Hill has not taken ownership of his own building. If Mr. Hill were doing
his job, the problems would have been reported to HISD and the problem should
have been fixed.

Grier's attitude is cavalier. Why worry when you suckered the Houston community
into voting for a mega-million dollar bond program? 

Pictures show
mold growing on
walls and performance
flags



 
Update on bus crash involving HISD middle school students 
Nathan Graf's buses put another HISD student in peril
Judge again finds Texas school financing unconstitutional
Inept Houston Chronicle
The Houston Chronicle really is one of the nation's worst newspaper. The Chronicle can't
even get the date and day right for the UH home opener in its new stadium. How can we
expect them to get anything right about HISD?
 





Looks like there are more than
a few academic problems
at Reagan High School, 
doesn't it?







 
Husband of Linda Llorente, former Austin High School principal, speaks up:
My wife, Linda Llorente, retired from HISD over three years ago now. I have been
married to her for over thirty years now. I watched her grow as a dedicated teacher,
pursuing her Masters 
Degree while bearing one of my two children. I supported her
and encouraged her when she 
wanted to pursue an Assistant Principle position,
and again when she wanted to pursue the 
principal position at an inner city High School.
Her own Alma Mater, Austin High School. 
 
My wife does not drink. She has never done drugs. Her two most important hobbies in her life
are dressing professionally and keeping a beautiful home for her family. In all the years I have
known her, she did nothing but focus on her job, her students, her teachers and her staff. She 
was, and continues to be, one of the most dedicated workers I have never known. At the same 
time she has always given everything to her family.
 
I watched her work tirelessly to raise the scores and quality of education at Jackson High
School, which she succeeded at. I also remember the day she began her work at Austin
High School. The kids had no books, they would have ‘protests’ so they could get books.
The Principal at the time was incompetent to lead. The staff, parents and teachers attitudes
were all in the gutter. The school was falling apart physically.
 
She brought some her best along with her and they worked to write grants and seek donors and 
sponsors for books, technical supplies, a football team with football uniforms, a band and band 
uniforms, an Agricultural program and money to repair the deteriorating building. In four years
she had completely turned the school around. The children wore uniforms, they had books and 
computer equipment, science labs and higher overall scores. There was a reason she was the 
highest paid high school principal in the District. She was also the hardest working. And her 
staff, teachers, parents and students loved her. Most of them.
 
Some did not appreciate her no nonsense approach to educational administration. As a strong
minority woman in a leadership position, there were those that resented her status and success.
But I saw the writing on the wall when the superintendent position was about to change. I told her 
to get out because the incoming administration had no clue about the Houston District, nor did
they care about her hard work and many years there. She already had enough credit to retire,
but she wanted to be there one more year. What a mistake.
 
When Grier walked in, his knee jerk reaction was to cut budgets, as is always the case with new
management that has to perform for their wage. My wife being the highest paid Principal in the
district and qualified for retirement, was an easy target. I won’t go into details about everything that
happened that year, but I will mention that many that tried to destroy her, were themselves destroyed
by their own vengeance or shortcomings. Clerical siblings, an AP that was out to get rid of her and a 
couple of disgruntled low scoring teachers, did their best to make her last few months there miserable.
 
She spent the last few months of an impeccable career confined to an 8’ x 8’ storage closet in the 
Administration building. I was heart broken. I knew that the accusations were lies fabricated to 
destroy her. We spent tens of thousands of dollars on the obligatory defence lawyer, only to receive
a final report that the accusations were all baseless. Eventually she did what any strong woman does.
She picked herself up and continued her career somewhere where they really do appreciate her
hard work. Before she left Austin the testing scores were the best they had ever been at the school
and only through hard work, not deception. She left Austin High School far superior to what it had ever
been or even what most had ever dreamed of. As I understand it, the school has plunged back into 
the abyss ever since. 
 
I could go on and on about the incompetence at HISD or with Grier or in Houston. I’ve lived and 
worked there all my life and I distanced myself from the ignorance and idiocy that qualifies as 
management and instruction. At the time, I kept my mouth shut, although inside I was torn apart
for my wife. A few days ago I was showing her something on a search engine. I told her to enter
anything into the search field. She entered her name and your web site, houstonhisdwatch.org, 
was one of the links that popped up.  
 
That was a few days ago and I didn’t say anything. But today I went and checked for myself.
The accusations are as baseless as they were back then. Some petty comment from the 
editor about her annual travel mileage report (which is required for mileage reimbursement 
when using your vehicle to conduct district business). A comment about our kitchen in our home
which I paid Home Expo over ten thousand dollars to refurbish at least 12 years ago. Her picture
(unauthorised), with a headline about ‘Llorente’s ‘Reign of Terror’ at Austin High School'.
 
All of this needs to be removed. I commend the web site for acting as a consumer advocate for
educational accountability. But I would hope it would not be at the expense of accuracy, or the 
good name of people that may be accused by others that are targeted, if for no other reason than
as a personal vendetta. It is an editors responsibility to judge accordingly. I hope you will do so.
 
Fernando J. Llorente

NANCY BUS SERVICE HAS NO BUSINESS CARRYING HISD STUDENTS
WHEN THE TRUSTEES WASTE MILLIONS ON ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATORS
AND GRIER'S PET PROJECTS
DONETRUS HILL TO YATES BAND STUDENTS: WEAR THE SMELLY,
MOLDY UNIFORMS; DON'T ASK WHAT I DID WITH MONEY RAISED AT
BLOCK FUNDRAISER

It appears as though there are two principals of Yates High School: District IV
HISD Trustee Paula Harris who just can't stop interfering in the Yates High
School Principal selection process and the currently appointed Yates
leader Donetrus Hill. Yates band parents are furious with Mr. Hill and their
anger isn't stopping there. Ms. Harris, manipulator of Yates and charter
school advocate is feeling the heat.

We can only hope the anger at Ms. Harris takes on a life of its own. Now
is the time to begin working on throwing her out of office in the November
2015 election.

Keep in mind HISD has been unwilling to spend money on fine arts, a practice
exacerbated  by Terry Grier who lavishes funds on administrators and creates,
with no interference from the inept HISD trustees, new positions regularly.

Yates is not the only HISD high school suffering from uniform abuse. After all,
HISD shills to the public it is saving money by reducing summer AC to mold-
producing high temperatures.

Here is what a well-placed Yates band insider has to say about Mr. Hill's
total neglect, neglect which followed promises and faux concern, about
the plight of Yates' band uniforms:

This is the scoop on the Yates Band. .Last year the band had a uniform issue. basically the
uniforms are over 8 years old. They were dirty and mildewed. This year they are molded. Hill
knew that the uniform's needed to be replaced. this was the reason for having the Block Party
Fundraiser last year. The uniforms were requested by the band director that left in July 2014. this
request was made in time for hill to place it in his budget request. during a parent meeting over
the summer the request was made again. This was mid July. Hill still didn't do anything. At this
meeting he tells the kids and parents that there is no money in the budget. for uniforms. No you
must remember that Hill and His AP Mr. Bland are old band directors. The need was there for the
uniforms to be replaced. But Hill adamant that there was no money in the budget for these children
let alone fine arts. On 8/21/2014 Parents met with Mr. Hill and his Administration. the conversation
was recorded. On this tape you will hear Hill shoot down every option for a solution to this problem.
so the kids have decided to:
 
1.The will not wear the school colors they will wear all black 
2. They will play the national Anthem. They will refuse to play anything else.
3. The will have a full press conference with local and National Media immediately after the game.
 
All the kids want is new uniforms. Just like every other school in HISD. Plus their is only 22 band
members.
More chaos at Yates High School
Marching band may refuse to perform at Yates-Wheatley football game 

Nathan Graf's Transportation Department loses autistic boy on
HISD bus for hours 

CHAOTIC DAYS AT YATES HIGH SCHOOL
Donetrus Hill needs to spend more time running Yates, less time
on advancing his personal interests

Does Dr. Grier believe in Principal Hill's leadership?

Day one at any school should set the tone for the rest of the school year. Instead of making
sure his building was ready to receive students, the Sunday before Yates' principal was busy

promoting his book and personal agenda on the radio. Needless to say, Yates received a
grade of "F" for opening day procedures.  Parents and students waited for hours to get
schedules. Teachers were not given the necessary documents they needed for attendance.
Some say it was mass chaos at "Third Ward High" where student success was not the
theme for the day. Will Principal Hill make it through the end of the week? Will Trustee
Harris be able to save him from this fiasco like she has before? Or will Daddy Grier give
Principal Hill his walking papers, tell Trustee Harris that what he saw at Yates made him
afraid for the future of Yates and send him to an elementary school? Tune in next week
to an all new episode of the Real Principals of HISD.

COMMUNITY GROUP QUESTIONS TERRY GRIER'S INTEGRITY; 


Grier & HISD trustees are the butt of jokes in the surrounding school districts

Here is a reason why
FOREST BROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL ON LOCKDOWN
GRIER'S LEADERSHIP BREEDS INSTABILITY, STIFLES INNOVATION
Six high school leaders in five years 

Opera Buffa Part One Texas school accountability is a real thing for all public schools.
But high school accountability under TEA’s STAAR Exam is far more weighty than the accountability
elementary and middle schools currently endure under the new exams. Unfortunately under the
leadership of Dr. Terry Grier, Houston ISD’s High School Office has hardly been a place that has
had a clear focus or purpose over the past five years. In five years, Houston ISD had six different
Chief High School Officers (CHSO) and two interim CHSOs. Eight different school office leaders
during an era of unprecedented change in Texas Education. This revolving door is another example
of Dr. Grier’s inability to bring stability and balance to a school office that is responsible for the
majority of TEA’s accountability. While Houston ISD’s High School Office has been spinning out of
control for the past five years, other quality superintendents in other large school school districts
around Texas have understood the importance of maintaining stability during the five year phase-in
process of TEA’s STAAR Exams. A look at Houston ISD’s High School STAAR data is beginning to
show the problems associated with the lack of longitudinal leadership and stability that other school
districts are taking advantage of. Unfortunately, the Houston ISD Board of Trustees continues to
support an imported out of state superintendent during a time when a district leader who truly
understands Texas Education and its intricacies would be most beneficial.
 
Chief Number One: Dr. David Simmons, came to Houston from Richardson ISD near Dallas Texas.
Grier’s first High School Chief Officer lasted only four months. The former Superintendent abruptly
resigned from RISD in August of 2009 which rubbed many people in Richardson the wrong way.
However, Simmons left RISD with a balanced budget as well as a district that was labeled TEA
Recognized. Initially Grier explained that Simmons was ill. But when Grier was questioned why
Simmon’s position was posted on Houston ISD’s HR website, Grier reluctantly released Simmon’s
resignation letter. In his resignation letter to Houston ISD, Simmon’s cited “unforeseen personal
circumstances”. Dr. Simmons resignation letter was penned in June of 2010, but his resignation
date was officially listed in late September. That lucrative detail combined with his sudden departure
had many 2nd and 3rd floor HISD employees scratching their heads. But the general consensus in
the summer of 2010 was that Dr. David Simmons had seen enough of Grier to know that HISD had
struck the proverbial iceberg and chose to be one of the first to flee the sinking ship in a partially
filled lifeboat. Attempts to find Dr. Simmons whereabouts today has proven fruitless. Regardless,
Grier’s ability to hire quality executive leadership resulted in an early and tremendous flop.
 
Chief Number Two: Dr. Aaron Spence, Grier’s second High School Chief came from Chesterfield
County Public Schools in Virginia. Chesterfield County Virginia looks nothing like Harris County
Texas and the size difference between the two is so massive it could be a ratio conversion problem
on the SAT exam. Unfamiliar with Texas graduation requirements, Spence would joke that he
thought Texas’ core subject “four by four” graduation requirement was some kind of off road
vehicle or pickup truck. Spence was well liked by Houston ISD high school principals and
school support officers. During his almost 18 month stay in Houston, Spence earned a
reputation as being a fighter and doing a good job of corralling the erratic behavior and tyrannical
rants of Dr. Grier. In light of the David Simmons hiccup, Spence’s quality as a leader did more
for Grier’s credibility than the myopic school superintendent could ever know. Aaron Spence
left Houston ISD to become the Superintendent of Moore County Schools in North Carolina.
He most recently has returned to Virginia as Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
For his ability to corral and speak out against the Superintendent when necessary, Aaron Spence
left Houston with the respect and admiration of many high school principals and school support officers.

Chief Number Three: Interim High School Chief Officer Sydney “Chip” Zullinger led the Houston ISD
High School Office after the vacancy created by the departure of Dr. Aaron Spence. While his popularity
may have been bolstered by the fact that everyone knew he was only a temporary fixture in the high school
office, Zullinger was legitimately liked by high school principals and school support officers. Frequently
calling people by abbreviations or alterations of their name, Zullinger quickly endeared himself to principals
and was found to be supportive during his short tenure. Zullinger moved to the Elementary School Office
where he quickly earned a similar reputation with elementary school principals and school support officers.
Sydney “Chip” Zullinger abruptly passed away in April of 2014 and left this earth a much loved and
respected HISD colleague and friend.  

Chief Number Four: Orlando Riddick, was Grier’s next Chief High School Officer. Riddick came from
Austin ISD where he was the Director of High Schools. Riddick’s reputation with principals and school
support officers is a mixed review. It was clear to many that after the struggles Dr. Grier had with Aaron
Spence that Grier was looking for a yes man, a puppet, someone who could be controlled. Riddick was
not a fighter, but he also was not the most cooperative puppet. This resulted in Riddick being slow to
action or appear to be a seemingly reluctant leader. Eventually, Principals grew used to Riddick’s style
and the high school chief began to earn a quasi respect from high school principals and school support
officers. AND THEN in one of the most cruel acts HISD has witnessed under the thumb of Dr. Grier, who
incidentally insisted that the move was not a demotion despite the substantial cut in Riddick’s pay. Grier
demoted Orlando Riddick from the Chief High School Officer position to the Assistant Superintendent of
College and Career Readiness. The harsh cruelty of this act stems from the fact that Orlando Riddick
was the person who introduced and publicly welcomed Ms. Dana Bost to Houston ISD. Orland Riddick
had no way of knowing that the person he was introducing would be sitting in his position only weeks
later. And conversely that he would be demoted into the position she was originally hired to fill. Riddick
left Houston ISD about a year after the demotion to be the Superintendent of Cedar Hill ISD south of
Dallas. Orlando Riddick’s treatment by Grier struck a chord with everyone in an executive position at
Hattie Mae White. What resulted afterwards, was the beginning of an intra-office power struggle between
the various centers of power housed at Hattie Mae White.

The details of that power struggle and some more of the chief shuffle will appear in Part Two of this post.
Stay Tuned...

written by a contributor who is an HISD insider
KTRK covers HISD's first day of school for students
(KTRK contacted houstonisdwatch to obtain phone numbers of
HISD activists who were protesting the Dodson closure. That was
back in April. Now, in August, the television station does a soft sell
piece.)
ACCUSED ATHERTON TEACHERS STILL WAITING FOR HISD TO APOLOGIZE
FOR MAKING FALSE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST THEM; APPEAL TO TEA

Will TEA sanction Grier and the HISD trustees for conducting this witch-hunt?
HISD Transportation Department reports to local media on opening day
HISD insiders reported on Power-Up only science materials;
HISD science teacher confronts no materials on opening day

What do you think the district rulers are going to do when the media starts to report that the
Science textbook adoption is only available for high schools in digital format? no student
textbooks, no classroom sets of textbooks, no teacher materials.... only available on the
Power UP laptop via the internet. The teachers don't have the log-ins and have not seen 
anything about the materials or the books, no information for the students for tomorrow.
Now, I completely realize that teachers can design lessons from many different sources,
but one of those sources and basis for the information normally comes from the state
adopted textbook. I also know that due to restructuring material funding the State combined
text and technology funding to give the districts greater ability to expand their technology
abilities. But can you really tell me how in the world a student that knows nothing about a
topic and has none of the buzz words or understanding of the direction of a course is
supposed to start teaching themselves from google searches? But then, what about
the student that does not have the $25 cash to pay for the computer, or the $$ for the
internet or the $$ for the electricity at home? Yes! please someone tell His Magesty that
there are paupers among his minions in the domain and forcing them to have to find yet
another "tax" to feed his future Harvard resume will not change performance rates on any
exams for the better but for the worse... you will see.. Dear King Grier! you are so out of
touch with the people you are supposed to be serving, so out of touch. But of course,
you always have been. Hopefully, the media will help you see this scheme won't work either. 
HoustonChronicle.com reports on 7 things parents need to know
WITH FANFARE BUT NO DATA TO BACK UP CLAIMS, GRIER
BRAGS ABOUT HISD'S NEW INITIATIVES 

According to Grier's inner circle of over-paid yes men, Apollo has
been a success to replicate, the Haberman Protocol for teacher
and principal screening works, and staff turnover just means HISD
has been successful grooming new administrators.

Of course, Apollo has been a dismal, expensive failure except in
math, where extra hours students spent being tutored would have
produced results without the gimmicks.

HISD has never researched the Haberman Protocol success and 
only one HISD trustee even brought up the notion that maybe, just
maybe, HISD needed some data before spending millions on the
program.

Principals flee the district whenever they can. Once the school
year begins, HISD's teacher vacancies will inch upward once again. 

Yes, HISD is a great place to be if you think teachers and students
should be treated like lab rats.
Quick & Easy teacher certification programs flourish in Texas, donate
big money to Perry, Abbott

Judge Ellison rules against HISD
Judge in the Gil Ramirez v. Larry Marshall & HISD case refuses to
make Ramirez pay $1.5 million to HISD to recoup HISD's court coses 
Despite less than enthusiastic support from the community, Grier
plodded forward with Leverage Leadership as a way to expand Apollo
on the cheap

Leverage Leadership emails reveal the heavy burden placed on LL
teachers and administrators

M3: Management Matters Most  Our proposed two-year experiment seeks to test whether a focus
on management can replicate the success of the Apollo 20 experiment in low-performing  schools
without a corresponding increase in per-pupil  spending. The book Leverage Leadership provides
us with a valuable resource in turning this idea into an actionable plan. Written by Paul Bambrick-
Santoyo, the managing director of Uncommon Schools Newark, Leverage Leadership serves
as a blueprint for high-quality school management, detailing seven levers in core areas of
school leadership, in both instruction  and school culture.
 
Using Leverage Leadership and the lessons learned from the Apollo 20 project, we have
designed a school management protocol  to be implemented in a randomized  control trial.  
The protocol is organized  around the seven levers: data-driven  instruction,  observation  
and feedback, instructional planning, professional development,  student culture, staff
culture, and managing school leadership teams.   For each lever, the protocol consists
of both non-negotiables  and a set of resources  for use by principals, outlined below.
 
  • Data-driven Instruction
    • Schools will carefully design and follow a year-long assessment calendar, a
    • dministering common interim assessments four times per year, unit assessments
    • every two to three weeks, weekly quizzes, and daily exit tickets.  This data will be
    • used to target instruction  to better meet students' individual  needs.
    • Schools will be provided with a set of interim assessments for all four core subjects
    • Language arts, math, science, and social studies) for grades one through twelve.
    • Schools will also be equipped with student response systems (such as clickers)
    • and data platforms (such as SchoolRunner or Kickboard) for use in collecting and
    • analyzing student performance data.
  • Observation and Feedback
    • Every teacher will be observed weekly and will have a weekly meeting with their instructional
    • leader to receive feedback from that observation.
    • School leaders will receive detailed guidelines on effective observation and feedback
    • and coaching on leading effective feedback meetings.
  • Instructional Planning
    • Schools will create and implement an instruction and assessment calendar. Teachers
    • will be required to tum inweekly lesson plans and will receive feedback on these plans
    • from their instructional leader.
    • Schools will be given lesson plan templates and lesson plan exemplars. School leaders
    • will also be supported in creating their annual instructional calendar.
  • Professional Development
    • School leaders will create detailed lesson plans for all professional development sessions
    • in order to ensure that all sessions are purposeful and meet the specific needs to their teachers.
    • School leaders will be provided with a professional development planning template and with
    • typical district professional development supports.
  • Student Culture
    • School leaders will be present for high-impact school events (e.g., arrival, lunch, and dismissal)
    • and will institute school-wide discipline systems and procedures.
    • Schools will be equipped with data platforms to collect and monitor student behavior data.
  • Staff Culture
    • School leaders will set the vision for their school, will purposefully plan actions to support staff
    • culture, and will carefully monitor the results of these actions.
    • School leaders will be provided with a list of staff culture building activities and opportunities.

Feeling just a little too warm?
This is the latest edict from HISD Construction & Facilities Services in
an attempt to reduce costs. With 40 students in some HISD classrooms,
the afternoon sun, learning conditions will be far from optimal at 74
degrees.
Another lawsuit filed against Grier, law firm conducting HISD's 
alleged cheating investigation
TEACHER WHO WASN'T EVEN ON CAMPUS WAS ACCUSED TO
CHEATING AT JEFFERSON

Fox 26 report cites Grier's lies to community group about HISD's
progress  
LEVERAGE LEADERSHIP CALLS APOLLO
PROGRAM A SUCCESS...HUH?

Our proposed two-year experiment seeks to test whether
a focus on management can replicate the success of the
Apollo 20 experiment
in low-performing  schools without a
corresponding increase in per-pupil spending. The book Leverage
Leadership
provides us with a valuable resource in turning
this idea into an actionable plan. Written by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, the managing director
of Uncommon Schools Newark, Leverage Leadership serves as a blueprint for high-quality
school management, detailing seven levers in core areas of school leadership, in both
instruction  and school culture
PARENTS OF STUDENTS AT THESE SCHOOLS BEWARE!
YOUR CHILD IS GOING TO BE TESTED TO DEATH

Elementary Schools
Alcott   Bastian   Brookline   Bruce   Cook   Durkee   Foerster  Garcia
Hartsfield   Looscan
 
Middle Schools
Cullen   Grady   Hartman   Henry   Hogg   Holland   Jackson   Marshall
West Briar    Williams
 
High Schools
Challenge Early College
Chavez
Davis
East Early College
Law Enforcement
North Houston Early College
Scarborough
Worthing
Yates

Compliments of Harvard Ed. Labs this work to prepare for the onslaught
of testing was to have been accomplished this summer:

As part of a project being carried out in 30 district schools, the Harvard Education Innovation
Labs will be spending this summer working with a group of curriculum specialists and teachers
to create a set of rigorous interim assessments for the coming school year. Each core subject
area, in each grade, will have a set of 4 interim assessments for the year, to be taken every 6-8
weeks, which will provide valuable formative data to support data-driven instruction practices in
these schools.  

In order to create these assessments, we need your help to write the items that will be used in
the assessments. Curriculum specialists and managers in HISD will serve as team leads,
carefully crafting exam outlines based on both the HISD scope and sequence documents
and the Texas state standards. These outlines will spell out a vision for the exam and the
questions in it. Your job will be to execute that vision, writing the items themselves to align
with the plans designated by the team lead.
 
We will be doing this work during the month of June, with some work in early July, and this is a
paid opportunity. We hope that you will joi n us and your colleagues in creating a high-quality
set of assessments that teachers throughout the district can use to assess their students'
progress throughout the year.
 
For more information, send email here.
LEVERAGE LEADERSHIP SCHOOLS: GRIER'S BEST ATTEMPT TO TURN KIDS
OFF, CAUSE MORE PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS TO FLEE HISD 
Data-Driven Instruction Non-negotiables
  1. Schools administer interim (summative) assessments four times per year
  2. according to schedule determined by HISD.
  3. Schools administer common unit assessments - aligned to HISD scope and
  4. sequence and provided by HISD - between administrations of interim assessments.
  5. Principals/instructional leaders meet with teachers to analyze interim assessment data
  6. during early release days held within one week of the administration of interim assessments.
  7. Data action plans are submitted to SSO after each interim assessment.
  8. Teachers administer weekly formative assessments (quizzes) and daily exit tickets. Data from these
  9. assessments are loaded into the achievement data platform. Principals/instructional leaders have
  10. access to this data and use this data in weekly meetings with teachers.

HIGH LEVEL INSIDER REPORTS: 
1.   Rodney Watson tried to get out of HISD for two years and finally made it. He is relieved,
not just because he is a superintendent, but because he was upset by the abuse Grier inflicts
on his employees. Grier’s behavior goes against everything Rodney Watson believes in. But
he’s not the only one.  The situation is that almost every high-level person working at HMW is
looking for a way out. The money isn’t enough to keep them there, contrary to what people may
think.  2.   Cabinet meetings are an exercise in humiliation.  Grier picks his victims but he never
focuses on Houlihan, his favorite and his godson.  Houlihan is a spineless sycophant who used
 his family connections (his father and Grier are best friends from NC as you know) to move rapidly
up the chain of command at HISD. From principal to SSO to Chief of Schools to Chief of HR. 
Houlihan is not embarrassed by this. He thinks it’s his due.  He is actually contemptuous of
other Cabinet members, but never to their faces. Behind the scenes, he fills Grier’s ears with
his opinions about how well they are doing their jobs. Houlihan spends a lot of time in Grier’s
office—and vice versa—and other Cabinet members resent it, are mad about his access, his
influence, his ass-kissing.
3.   Grier is working endlessly to get Houlihan a superintendent’s job.  That’s why he made him the
head of HR after only one year as School Chief.  The goal is to present Houlihan as well rounded,
having done it all in HISD and therefore capable of running any school district in the country.  Grier
tried to use his status (which he is convinced is enormous)  to impose Houlihan on Austin ISD but
they would have no part of either one of them. 
4.   Lenny Schad, the technology chief, is an SOB who criticizes every other department at HMW. He has
all the answers, even though he knows absolutely nothing about running schools, coaching principals,
or improving classroom instruction.  His power is immense because of Power UP----which Grier is
convinced will earn him (meaning Grier) national recognition.  Grier is pushing for major publicity this
year; he wants to be known as the educational reformer who outstripped all other school superintendents
in the nation by digitalizing the curriculum and moving kids to a blended learning model. Unfortunately, 
it’s all empty rhetoric because teachers have trouble with the technology, cannot always get online, and
aren’t even sure what blended learning is.  Schad has been told all of this but he refuses to listen.  He is
pretending, as is Grier, that we are in great shape, we are ahead of other school districts, we are
revolutionizing teaching. This is the BS they are telling the Board.  NOT happening—but no one on
Grier’s Cabinet is allowed to express this opinion. To disagree with Schad and Grier on PowerUp
is the kiss of death.  Why do you think the Personalized Learning Institute was cancelled?  Because
Schad demanded it! 
5.   Shonda Huery is a fraud—an inept, uninformed egomaniac who (surprise! surprise!) is using HISD
to get a superintendent’s job.  She alienated the principals when she was the HS Chief with her “All In”
nonsense and her unfocused principals’ meeting at Reliant.    Now that she has replaced Houlihan,
she is pretending to know what she’s talking about. It’s not working.  The principals are not fools.  They
see right through her.  Fact:  She has not been able to answer their questions about too much of anything,
including HB5, graduation requirements,  graduation rates, required endorsements, Linked Learning,
Futures Academies----I could go on.  How bizarre is this?  But Grier covers for her and she backstabs
anyone who dares to question her authority or judgment.  The School Offices are already disgusted with
Huery.  Didn’t take long, did it? Is there a reason HISD never hires from within?  Is every principal in HISD
really so incompetent that he/she could not have stepped into that role?
6.   Huery has hired her friend from Chicago to replace her as the Chief of HS. Really? He’s from Chicago.
He’s as clueless as she is.
7.   Look into the contracts Grier is negotiating. Questionable. Very questionable!         
8.   Despite his spin to the contrary, Grier is upset about the just-released accountability ratings.  His
tweets are a lie. Heads will roll. Get ready. This weekend, he is going school by school and making
decisions about people in leadership positions. He put them there of course, but he never sees the
correlation between his decisions and school failure.
9.. Last point---Do you think moral could get any worse? Yes, it can and it has.  We are at an all-time
low in HISD.  No one will rescue us. The Board continues to support Grier.  We can only wait for his
contract to expire, but in the interim, we are in for a world of pain. 
Why this school district is throwing its laptops away
Ericka Mellon reports on how many laptops HISD students returned
Donetrus Hill, Yates Principal, was accused of an inappropriate relationship
with two male students by an anonymous phone caller

HISD high school chief Shonda Huery Hardman removed Hill from Yates
Donetrus Hill is apparently reinstated at Yates High School
(This information was obtained through a Texas Public Information Act
request houstonisdwatch submitted to HISD)

As HISD crumbles, Trustee Eastman is busy exercising and sharing
her experiences on Twitter. Great looking pies in the headline, too
TEA acknowledges special education complaint filed by HISD parent
Denetta Williams

TRISTAR RISK MANAGEMENT REPS LEAVE HISD BOARD MEETING LAUGHING
AT THE TRUSTEES

HISD citizens sitting at the back of the meeting witness our fact-challenged trustees 
award Tri Star yet another contract despite reports of legitimate workman's compensation
claims rejected by the company

Blowing the Whistle on Workman's Comp Abuse in Texas
Keep Wokrman's Comp Voluntary says Greg Abbott
Inside Texas Politics: Border, Chemical, and Workers' Comp
Hurting for Work

Board meets but Hearing of the Citizens is the only part of meeting
that deals what's really going on in HISD  

Harvin Moore, Paula Harris, Manuel Rodriguez, Greg Meyers all 
part of the cancer that has infected HISD; These rogue school
board members don't give a damn about kids

Mike Lunceford had a moment to shut Grier down but didn't take it
Grier has failed everywhere he's been, but Moore, Harris, Rodriguez,
and Meyers are in it for themselves


Another HISD preliminary school board meeting, another day at the circus.  You can
almost smell the excrement every time these clowns meet.

Julie Stipeche and Mike Lunceford sheepishly challenge Grier on his proposal
to give another one of his buddies our tax dollars. Manuel Rodriguez, who rarely
has an original thought of his own, also questioned Grier. Rodriguez has a
tough reelection campaign coming up. He can always be depended on to
let Grier lead him around by the nose.

Anna Eastman must have been busy with her Facebook page, or maybe she
was twerking.

Paula Harris and Harvin Moore are in such a state of denial they simply don't
hear the criticism. These two are the most pernicious school board members 
of all. They are Grier's chief enablers (of course, the quid pro quo is Moore gets
to run the Mandarin School and Paula Harris' friends get HISD contracts.)

After reading Ericka Mellon's blog, don't get your hopes up. You might be tempted
to, but, remember, Grier isn't the only cancer in HISD. It's this moronic board
that won't stop him and the few impotent trustees in opposition who won't
do what needs to be done to expose Moore, Harris, Rodriguez, and Meyers
for the academic fraud they are perpetrating on the children of Houston. 
WHEREABOUTS KNOWN...
Josefa Olivares, former Dowling MS principal, is headed to Southwest Charter
Jeannie Porter, former Key principal, is going to Yes Prep.
Pearson Education resorts to hustling principals for business
Unsolicited emails sent to schools for its "Partnering with Pearson"
 sales pitch
FORMER HISD ADMINISTRATOR BLASTS GRIER, HISD
TRUSTEES WHO CONTINUE TO ENABLE HIM

Being an educator in Texas public schools is hard enough. Being a school leader in Texas since the
rollout of STAAR has been a challenge of epic proportions. For many of the Big Seven school districts
in Texas, dealing with the myriad of changes and preparing for STAAR has been their sole focus over
the past three years. But this has not been the case in Houston ISD. And STAAR score reports are
beginning to show a more pronounced problem with Dr. Terry Grier. Houston ISD’s progress on the
state exams is beginning to falter and could soon fall behind the performance of Dallas, San Antonio,
and Austin schools. For anyone who has had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Grier talk about children
and their needs and our duty to ensure their successful futures, if you were an educator, then you were
undoubtedly swept up in the message and Dr. Grier’s words resonated in your heart. But the unfortunate
truth is not at all comforting. With the continued support of the Houston ISD Board of Trustees Dr. Grier
has reduced the needs of Houston children to the point of being a hyperbolic cliche. The Houston ISD
Board of Trustees has enabled Dr. Grier to use HISD as a vehicle for:
  • promoting many of his friends and former colleagues to high ranking and high paying positions
  • allowing many of his friends and former colleagues to use Houston ISD as a temporary stepping
  • stone for their own promotion and advancement outside of Houston ISD
  • conducting business with out of state interests that again are affiliated with Dr. Grier’s previous
  • Superintendencies
  • building and padding his own personal curriculum vitae by focusing on the Broad Prize and an 
  • Unsuccessful attempt at the Superintendent of the Year award
 
Houston’s Chief Educator, Dr. Grier continues to do all of these things on the backs of the same children
he says need our protection, our help and our love. But five years has revealed to us that Dr. Grier is not
about Houston or the children who live here. All of these activities have happened and continue to happen
with the continued support of the Houston ISD board of trustees.

How long will the Houston ISD Board of Education allow Dr. Grier to promote the self interest of his
friends and family over the interest of Houston children?

Yates High School Principal Donetrus Hill's SBOE certifications
Donetrus Hill majored in science and sports medicine at
Wiley College, Wiley, TX
HISD STILL NEEDS 145 TEACHERS; SCHOOL SET TO START
ON AUGUST 25

EVIDENCE EMERGES THAT RUMOR TRIGGERED COSTLY HISD
CHEATING INVESTIGATION


HISD "decimated" Jefferson ES according to James Fallon
Fox 26 Houston has the story
HISD TRUSTEES RETURN TO REGULAR BUSINESS THIS WEEK
After taking extended time off, HISD trustees are set to meet on
August 14, 2014, but agenda is not posted yet.

June 12, 2014 minutes from school board meeting  
(Yes, serving on the HISD board is a "volunteer" job. Key word
here is job.)
Lanier, Key, Dowling principals resign
Porter Jeannine Key
Middle School Principal, Middle School
   Key Middle School 8/21/2008

Smith Linda Lanier Middle School Principal, Middle School
   Lanier Middle School 8/26/1987

Olivares Josefa Dowling Middle School Principal, Middle School
   Dowling Middle School 3/7/2001
HISD TEA report for 2012-13

Maybe more middle school principal resignations to come. Many are
tired of Michael Cardona's dictatorial leadership.
Under the failed leadership of Terry Grier and his lackey school board,
HISD had twice the number of failing schools than the Texas average

Fire Terry Grier and remove this incompetent school board
Fox 26, not the Houston Chronicle, nailed this story back in June
HISD HAD NO EVIDENCE

HISD COMPLETELY SURRENDERS
HISD FORCED TO COMPENSATE ATHERTON TEACHERS; GIVE THEM
CLEAN RECORD

Mark Samuel's promotion from Fondren A.P to Shadowbriar Principal
Appropriate?


Mark Samuel has recently been named Shadowbriar principal.  There have been 
concerns expressed by the community that Mr. Samuel's promotion was not
warranted, he is not qualified, and he was 
not the first choice of the
Shawdowbriar selection committee.


houstonisdwatch has submitted a Texas Public Information request to
obtain materials related to Mr. Samuel's promotion:
 

*Mr. Samuel's college transcript; redact according to privacy laws, please.

*Mr. Samuel's degrees and certifications.

*Appropriate committee interview notes taken on Mr. Samuels when he was
   screened by Shadowbriar.

*The minutes of the HISD board meeting when this promotion was approved,
along with a record of which trustees voted to approve it.


Ericka Mellon's bar graph depicting number of teachers whose
evaluations were effected by test scores: Misleading characterization


From T. Iocca:
I was browsing the Houston Chronicle today and I decided to check out their
'Education' section. There was an article about how only a minority of HISD
teachers were subjected to HISD's value-added evaluation system. As I was
reading the article, two things struck me: one, 32.4% is a fairly significant
minority. Two, the bar graph that accompanied the article seemed 'off' to me.
If one-third of the teachers were evaluated under EVAAS, that means two-thirds
were not. The bar depicting non-evaluated teachers should be slightly more
than twice the height of the bar depicting evaluated teachers. It's not.
 
LOOK AT THE BAR GRAPH !
 
The bar representing non-evaluated teachers has been 'stretched' to exaggerate
the disparity between evaluated and non-evaluated teachers. If you look at the
labeling on the y-axis, it starts at 3000 and then is 'stretched' in increments of
1500 instead of 3000. The visual result is to suggest a huge disparity between
the two groups when in actuality, no matter how you measure it, the ratio is
almost exactly 2 to 1, and the one bar should be twice the height of the other.
Instead, the non-evaluated bar appears to be about eight times higher. The
bar graph is completely misleading.
 
Here's my question; was it deliberate or accidental? Did Ericka Mellon create
this bar graph or did she simply print what HISD fed her?
Grier, Feinberg engage in twitter battle
YOU'RE CLUELESS, SISTER!
Rhonda Skillern-Jones is going to '"find somebody..."
After three years on the HISD board, does District II's trustee
know the organizational structure of Terry Grier's administration?

Yes, the names and faces change all the time, but isn't Ms. Jones
supposed to reviewing Grier's recommendations before she votes
to approve them?

When confronted by a KHOU reporter after sensitive student records were
discovered strewn about long-closed JFK ES all Ms. Jones could
say was this:
"I'm going to get someone to receive the stuff and then I'm going to find
out what's going on because I am concerned," said Jones. 


Gee, that makes us all feel secure. When you discover who that "someone"
is, Ms. Jones, please don't waste any time finding out what's going on.

Ms. Jones ran unopposed in 2011 and had the full backing of Parent
Visionaries. Doesn't look like PV does a good job of screening
candidates, does it?
Read KHOU report on JFK records.
HISD CITIZENS FED UP WITH GRIER & TRUSTEES CLOSING
SCHOOLS JOIN UP WITH CITIZENS IN OTHER CITIES TO
PRESSURE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO TAKE ACTION

..."HISD joins the list of six other urban school districts – Chicago, Washington, D.C.,
Philadelphia, New York City, Detroit and Newark - who are also being investigated
by the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. All of these
investigations have come as a result of community activists speaking up against
the all-too-familiar practice of closing urban schools due to alleged low-performance,
low enrollment and other miscellaneous reasons..."
Houston Forward Times has the report.
Milby students forced to move during reconstruction, waiting
assignment to Attucks MS and former Jones High School 

If you are a teacher, student, or parent in the Milby community and you
do not support the relocation to Attucks and Jones for the duration of the
bond rebuild, you can blame him.

Email District III's Rodriguez and tell him what you think about his plan.

He is also responsible for creating what will probably be numerous displacements
of students during Grier's bond extravanganza. You can also email him.

Parent complaint about Trustee Manuel Rodriguez results in
TPIA request

houstonisdwatch has submitted a Texas Public Information Act
request to see emails he sent to Leo Bobadilla regarding the
2012 bond rebuild of Milby High School.

The emails should reveal how concerned Mr. Rodriguez was -
or was not - about the displacement of Milby students to various HISD
campuses across Southeast Houston.


HISD STILL NEEDS OVER 200 TEACHERS;
SCHOOL OPENS IN 3 WEEKS

School principals in Texas to face new grading procedure
Ericka Mellon has the report at houstonchronicle.com
THE SILENT BUNCH WITH PURSE POWER
Early in July houstonisdwatch emailed each of our nine trustees asking
for their comments on HISD's EOC STAAR results.  
Mike Lunceford: responded he would have a comment when he reviewed
 results. Haven't heard back.
Julie Stipeche: responded she would have a comment when she reviewed
 results. Haven't heard back.
Anna Eastman: No comment
Manuel Rodriguez: No comment
Harvin Moore: No comment
Paula Harris; No comment
Greg Meyers: No comment
Wanda Adams: No comment
Rhonda Skillern-Jones No comment

Yet this uninterested or uninformed group will meet next week and vote
thousands of dollars to support whatever hairbrained idea Terry Grier
comes up with to improve the results they know nothing about. They will
approve without question personnel changes based on the results.
Parent joins lawsuit against HISD, cites violations of his child's
civil rights at Wharton ES

HISD PLANS TO SABOTAGE SCIENCE INSTRUCTION ACROSS THE DISTRICT
The new plan, which replaces last year's new plan, is to go all digital....  

The next great game plan in HISD: it's learning 

Who's paying to rebuild North Forest High School?

North Forest High School is not part of the
2012 bond. Texas officials are hedging on
their pledge to spend $92 million
on the project.

So how is Terry Grier going to explain this expenditure?
Bellaire community meeting on 2012 bond rescheduled for
September 4, 2014


Will HISD Trustee Mike
Lunceford be able to prevent
Bellaire students from being
spread out to four or five schools
during construction?


houstonisdwatch submitted a TPIA request to determine how much
of Bellaire's bond allotment has already been spent prior to any
actual construction. HISD's bond office confirmed $250,480
has been spent on bond program management.
No substance but a nice slogan to rally teachers around


HISD's official statement on its
branding project


Remember Mittal's service contract with HISD?
Grier announces more new administrators, more out-of-state choices
HISD touts its new literacy director, Cindy Puryear
WHARTON PARENT JOINS FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST HISD; CITES DISCRIMINATORY
PRACTICES AND GRADING IN WHARTON'S DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM

From parent email to houstonisdwatch:
I'm joining a Federal lawsuit against the Houston public school system. The United States Department
of Justice is pursuing civil rights violations against the Houston school district. The DOJ is requesting
complaints and has scheduled a formal public meeting. 

Wharton Elementary is a dual language public school that my child attended. Principal Jennifer Day expelled
my 7 year old child because of their inability to educate her adequately in both English and Spanish. The
problem is Wharton's method is 80% Spanish and 20% English. I wrongly trusted that they had my child's
best interest in mind. The truth is they caused my child to allegedly fail both English and Spanish, and then
blamed her for it!! 

I now believe their method of dual language education is a violation of civil rights. Their system creates an
institutional ethnic bias in favor of native Spanish speaking students. This not only damaged and violated
my child's right to be educated adequately as a native English speaking student, it also damages and
violates the rights of native Spanish speaking students by causing them to lag in English proficiency. 

My child speaks English and Spanish just fine. Ruthlessly expelling her for highly questionable reasons
is wrong and I will not tolerate whatever game they are playing. There is apparently more to the story, which
likely involves ego and money based on what I know and what I have observed. The district administration
has astonishingly refused to communicate whatsoever and rather flagrantly behaves in an adversarial
manner against parents. That is corrupt in my opinion. There are other significant points concerning
violations of Federal law by Wharton about public education that I have not mentioned here.

Humorously, an assistant staff member of Wharton left me a voicemail recently about an irrelevant point,
but then did not hang up the phone correctly and accidentally recorded a rant against me announcing
her gossipy unprofessionalism to whoever was in the office. (see post below)
WHARTON STAFF MEMBER FORGETS TO HANG UP BEFORE INSULTING PARENT
IN TRAILER TO VOICE MAIL MESSAGE

ALEC has an education agenda and its not public school friendly
'The "Public Charter Schools Act" would expand on ALEC's pre-existing "Next Generation
Charter Schools Act" and enrich ALEC members like K12, Inc., the nation's largest provider
of online charter schools or cyber schools. It would allow privately-operated charter schools
to continue taking public funds, but without public accountability. The bill would give charter
schools carte blanche to operate without being "subject to the state's education statutes or
any state or local rule, regulation, policy, or procedure relating to non-charter public schools
within an applicable local school district..." -
One Republican senator stands up for U.S. workers
houstonisdwatch is criticized for including Republican and Democratic politics
in its content. Here is one Republican senator who supports hiring U.S. S.T.E.M.
graduates over foreign HB-1 visa holders. 
Coldwell ES has mold
School closed but student records are not secured
KHOU.com exclusive video

HISD defends using student test scores as part of teacher evaluation
District claims only about 3000 teachers effected in 2013-14

Ericka Mellon has the report at chron.com

Dan Gohl's summer training
changes to the changes...huh?

Will this change again?








 
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GIVES TEXAS AN "F" IN THE
WAY IT HANDLES SPECIAL EDUCATION

Report from Fox 26 Houston
TPIA REQUEST
Some community members from Yates have asked houstonisdwatch to verify
accusations made against Yates Principal Donetrus Hill that he had an inappropriate
relationship with a male basketball player.

 

These community members report Trustee Paula Harris interfered in the
investigation and brought it to a close.

 

I am making a TPIA request for relevant documents related to the accusations
and subsequent investigation.

 

Please redact any information required until federal and state privacy laws.


PAULA HARRIS: INTERFERING AT YATES HIGH SCHOOL ONCE AGAIN?
While Ms. Harris ignores her African-American constituents concerned about
HISD's ongoing closure of schools in traditionally black neighborhoods, she
did find time, it is alleged, to help her friend Donetrus Hill out of a jam.

It is alleged Mr. Hill got into some mischief with a male basketball player,
resulting in a dead-end investigation as a result of Ms. Harris' interference.

houstonisdwatch is filing a TPIA request to find out what really happened. 

YATES INSIDERS DUB DONETRUS "PRINCESS"
HILL HISD'S WORST
PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

Who is the Worst High School Principal in HISD?
The Winner is Jack Yates’
Principal Donetrus “Princess” Hill

!!!!!Yates High School currently has more job openings
posted on the portal than any other school in HISD!!!!!

Fact:  Happy Employees, don’t quit a good job!!

What are the Top 4 Reasons OVER 30 Yates Teachers
& Staff Quit after Hill’s First Year as Principal?

This includes his strongest AP’s, Attendance Clerk, Band Director and
most of the Core Teachers.

Principal Hill Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing
• Very incompetent at his job? Principal leads and manages in a way
that made employees know that he didn’t know what he was doing. First
year principals usually come with some level of management skills
right? Well, it has been clear that Hill lacks knowledge, skills, and
the ability to manage a team.  This can’t be good for the Yates
community.  Why bring a first year principal to a school that did not
have major problems such as morale and academic problems?  The
previous principal left the school in good shape and Hill just needed
to build on it not tear it down. If you want to see incompetence at
its best just stop by 3703 Sampson Street.

Principal Hill Disrespects Most of His Employees
• Principal Hill has demonstrated a lack of respect for employees;
injuring their feelings, their self-confidence, and their self-esteem.
On a daily basis he would disrespect employees by talking over them,
belittle their ideas, ignore their input, criticize them unfairly, not
speak to them when passing in the hall, slamming doors and simply
creating an unpleasant school environment for employees.  Hill gives
Real Housewives of Atlanta a run for their money. The reality show
Real Principals of HISD starring Principal Hill will be a major hit.

Principal Hill is a Bully
• Principal Hill’s bullying behavior encompasses verbal, physical and
mental abuse.  Principal Hill is a bully that intimidates employees
with words; he has threatened employees with snide comments,
nice-nasty emails and direct complaints in front of others.  It’s been
said that the new school year will bring about an anti-bullying
campaign led by faculty and staff without plans of retaliation against
the organizers.

Principal Hill Lacks the Respect of Students
• Principal Hill has been labeled bipolar/very moody by most of the
students and staff and has been given the nickname “Princess Hill”
because of his DIVA-like attitude. It’s rumored that he has a personal
relationship with Yates’ Campus Police Officer Willie A. Demby.  Hill
is definitely the NeNe Leakes (RHOA) of HISD.

Will anyone from Dr. Grier’s Team start communicating with Human
Resources to stop this madness? Only Time Will Tell!!!
HISD recruiters are still working in North Carolina, tout HISD salary scale
HISD teacher vacancies: 243

DODSON CLOSURE CONTINUES TO LOOK LIKE REAL ESTATE DEAL BY GRIER, TRUSTEES
People with the Purse continue to fight Dodson's closure, citing HISD's forcing principal
to turn down new enrollees to keep enrollment low
From Fox 26 Houston
Union leader Richard C. Shaw calls on Trustee Lunceford
to protect HISD interests

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

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

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

Richard C. Shaw

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

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

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

The spirit of Larry Marshall is captured by Ms. Adams



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





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

HISD 2012 Bond Kick Off

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

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


Catchings cleans out Scarborough

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOX 26 UNCOVERS HISD'S TRUMPED UP ATHERTON 
CHEATING SCANDAL

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

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

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

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

Here's Greg Groogan's report.

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

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

Who wants to work for an incompetent dictator?

TRUSTEES SUPPORT GRIER'S INANE
PERSONNEL DECISIONS

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

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

Unfortunately, Westbury gets the raw end of this deal.

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

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

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

GRIER, TRUSTEES RUN A CON JOB
ON THE PUBLIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pathetic.

THERE IS NO REFORM IN HISD. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

Really?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vacancies are rising July 10, 2014 from June 2014

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

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

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