More people pollution in HISD's administration: Lance Menster licking his chops waiting for Houlihan to promote him


*Hot comment*
Does anyone care about students?
 · Apr 1 2015 7:33 AM
To 3rd Floor
Houlihan has risen at the expense of others in this district who weren't given
a shot at the job. What happened to the concept of posting a position and 
conducting interviews? So not only are we talking nepotism here, but we're
facing a situation where the same old people are making the same old decisions.
It's tired leadership without fresh ideas. 

As far as Peters goes, good grief, the man hasn't a clue. That was clear from day
one. But he was brought here by Shonda Huery, who talks and talks and talks but
moves nothing forward. 

Are we in a hopeless mess? Yes, and change is not a-coming until we elect a School
Board with the brains to look beyond the latest educational fad (Leverage Leadership
is just one example) and the guts to control an erratic, all-over-the-chessboard
superintendent.

SELFISH, SELF-SERVING ADMINISTRATORS WHO COULDN'T GIVE
A DAMN ABOUT KIDS POLLUTE HISD'S TOP ADMINISTRATION

Aren't these moves simply about making Andrew Houlihan, Grier's adopted
God-child, a superintendent somewhere?
*One of HISD's worst offenders who doesn't give a damn about kids or
 schools sharpens his knives for his next career jump: THAT'S YOU MENSTER!
WARNING: Before you read this crap check your gag reflex or keep a vomit
bag close by:


From: Superintendent 
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:19 PM
Subject: Message To Staff From Dr. Grier
 
 
 
Effective April 20, Chief Human Resources Officer Drew Houlihan will assume the position of Chief Academic Officer, replacing Dan Gohl, who recently accepted the same position in Broward County, Fla. Mr. Gohl will serve HISD as special assistant to the superintendent until the end of the school year, helping the district maintain the momentum of the Academics division, which, under his leadership, is successfully implementing digital curriculum, innovative teaching practices, and global education initiatives.
I am confident these positive gains will continue with Dr. Houlihan at the helm. A member of Team HISD since 2010, Dr. Houlihan previously served as Chief Officer for Major Projects and Chief School Support Officer, as well as principal of Parker Elementary School. Before joining HISD, Dr. Houlihan served in leadership roles at the local, state, and national level, in which he put teaching and learning at the forefront.
I’m also pleased to announce the addition of Gloria Cavazos to our team, replacing Dr. Houlihan as Chief Human Resources Officer on April 20. An HISD resident, Ms. Cavazos joins us from Aldine ISD, where she served as assistant superintendent of Human Resources for nine years. In her 29-year career at Aldine ISD, Ms. Cavazos served as an area superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and bilingual teacher.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Ms. Cavazos holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in mid-management from Sam Houston State University.
Ms. Cavazos oversaw Aldine ISD’s award of a major grant from the Arnold Foundation, Greater Houston Partnership, and the Houston Endowment to create and implement a new teacher evaluation system that emphasizes gains in student academic achievement. Under Ms. Cavazos’ leadership, Aldine ISD has become a leader in teacher recruitment and retention efforts, which we are excited to have her lead in HISD.
Please join me in welcoming Ms. Cavazos to Team HISD and congratulating Dr. Houlihan on his new position.
 
Sincerely,
Terry Grier
 
 
COMPLAINTS ABOUT ARAMARK
Readers have told houstonisdwatch that Aramark, the Philadelphia based
conglomerate which does everything from plumbing (ARS) to stadium food
concessions (NRG) to school cafeteria food (HISD), nows controlling all food
sales associated with HISD campuses.

Anytime a student organization, club, or even PTO wants to sell food they have
to purchase Aramark products and agree only to sell Aramark-approved items.

houstonisdwatch has filed a TPIA request to obtain HISD's contract with the
Philadelphia company. 
Paula Harris, acting in her capacity as Director, Community Affairs, Schlumberger
Giving Ericka Mellon what she needs to write spin on Arabic Immersion School
Andrew Houlihan needs to "circle up" with Jason Spencer before providing E. Mellon

with a response
Helen Spencer most likely approved Ericka Mellon's Nov. 1 2014 report on the
struggling arts in HISD

Special meeting agenda for April 2, 2015 board meeting
HISD confirms magnet notification process maybe "confusing and intimidating"
FIGHT AT BARBARA JORDAN HS AND PARENT ACCUSES HISD
of taking no preventive actions; HISD downplays incident
Parent blames bullying for HISD school fight
*Hot comment*
PROCLAMATION 2015...

HISD's solution to the problem of kids growing up in bookless homes? Take away
more school books of course

Unfortunately, I predict the situation in the district will only get worse. More students will run
to other options, and teachers will not apply to HISD for any reasons. What now? 

The Chief Academic Officer has stated that HISD will only procure books when we as a
district are unable to create and/or curate our own instructional materials using locally
developed materials, freely available online educational resources, and subscriptions
to online resources.

As part of Proclamation 2015 for secondary, the only e-book purchases
authorized at the February board meeting were for EOC courses Algebra I and US
History. I am sure you are relieved that HISD will be covering itself by making sure
they have a reference tool for the STAAR exam courses, but the rest of the courses
have now been deemed insignificant and any materials will be created by the teacher.
How is that concept of teach what I know and forget the rest working for everyone?
Mellow Monday, Test Tuesday, Work Wednesday, Tech Thursday and Film Friday...

what a way to learn government, economics, world history, geography in the global
economically integrated society we live in today, (check those secret (govt course) trade
(economics course) negotiations going on with 40 countries (geography) that is all over
the news (not the drug, murder, accident report news). Maybe this is the solution to low
skilled immigration (legal or illegal makes no difference)?

HISD is going to make our own low skilled low thinking society- I knew there had to be a
solution somewhere.

Now, I am definitely not endorsing that a textbook or an e-book is the answer to all things
educational. BUT, if a child has no or very few books in a house, is not read to, or encouraged
to read and think- just how are they going to develop those inquisitive search skills that we all
use on the computer to self-teach ourselves? Those endorsing the 21st Century schools idea
have wonderful ideas, but remember we all started with developing that curiosity to learn from
books- and from a variety of books to better synthesize and evaluate usefulness and accuracy
of information or if it even fits in with our ideology. But now, HISD is removing even that. As I predict
the future... more teachers will run because they cannot be the masters of their content when they
have packed classes with no discipline enforcement (remember HISD doesnt want to hear those
discipline problems- it hurts rankings), wide ranges of abilities and multiple preps to do this. The f
uture is more less prepared, less skilled students, more teachers running, fewer students staying
in the district. The future is looking pretty sad....
HISD has the gall to ask for a code restriction exemption to reduce
required parking spaces in the third ward

HISD's response to dwindling enrollment at Yates is to build another
school in competition with it....without doing adding programs at Yates  
Chief Middle Schools Officer Michael Cardona looking to get out of HISD
Cardona is hoping to beat out 40 other applicants for Albuquerque  superintent's
position (Cardona Michael Middle Schools Office Chief School Officer $176382.6075).

Cardona was hired by Grier in May 2012.  In the Grier administration, his almost 3-year
tenure with HISD is long.
The hypocrisy of Students First: Group uses astroturf organization to
undermine public school teachers
Pearson Education in the gutter: Testing giant accused of spying of students
during NJ's PARCC exams

UUAA Excecutive Director Gerry Monroe blasts HISD trustees for
neglecting kids (5:03 mark) 

Texas, land of plenty, still finds its education expenditure in the
bottom third of the nation

 AUSTIN — Texas has moved up several spots in spending per pupil in the U.S. thanks
to rising property values and more state funding, but its ranking in the bottom third of states
in a new study still undercuts its position in the long-running school finance case. Figures
compiled by the National Education Association and released Wednesday show that Texas
schools are spending an average $9,559 per student in the current school year. That is well
under the national average of $12,040 and ranks Texas 38th among the 50 states and District
of Columbia. 
Continue reading DallasNews.com report.
HISD's gear up for STAAR is anticlimactic 
Whatever happens this testing season some results have been
predetermined:
*HISD will spin the results as a testament to their leadership
*The trustees will search for a way to award Grier with $$$
*The division between rhetoric and results will not save the
 principals who have already made Grier's hit list
*No one in power will ask the obvious question: If you over-test
 students, how do you expect them to stay focused on the ones that count?
*The Houston Chronicle's Ericka Mellon will only write what the district
 tells her to write about the results
*When the high school EOC results are finally presented to the board,
 most of the trustees will be out of town, disinterested
*However the results are tabulated into value added stats, the teachers
 at the schools where ASPIRE money is plentiful will see windfalls;
 teachers at the schools withe the neediest students will see few bonus $$
HISD teacher vacancies shoot up to 405
HISD SNAPSHOT MESS IS ABOUT THE SAME THING
EVERY DISASTER SINCE 2010 IS ABOUT; UNDERLINGS
SELLING OUT TO PLEASE GRIER AND FRYER

The individuals who give the most - their time, passion, money - are mere
pawns in the ongoing power plays orchestrated by Roland Fryer and Terry
Grier and approved by trustees who should know better by now but don't.

HISD teachers are being forced to give intrustive, error-plagued DLAs,
or shapshot tests, with principals and SSOs monitoring the administration
process every step of the way. 

The snapshots are indeed a mess. The tests themselves are poorly written,
rife with errors, and the scope of the testing program, at first limited to
Leverage Leadership Schools, now encompasses the entire district.

Lance Menster is the chief in charge of this project in HISD. What exactly
is he trying to prove? (Menster Lance Elementary Curriculum Instruct Officer,
Curriculum & Instruct $133900)

Initially, the snapshots were designed to check the effectiveness of the
Leverage Leadership Initiative. Menster worked behind the scenes to
expand the testing, hoping to snag a higher paying position in curriculum
and instruction. Pleasing Grier and Fryer proved to be his ticket to a
$134,000 annual salary.

It's unfair to fault HISD's curriculum department for the many errors in the
tests. The staff has been directed to produce the tests quickly and send
them off to Harvard for approval. Apparently, Fryer's department isn't
big on proof-reading.  What difference do a few errors make when career
advancement is the cause du jour?

Menster is a brutal task master with these exams. He wants them done
quickly. Appeals made by his staff to lengthen the production time 
to improve the product have been ignored.

Menster has convinced two trustees he is a boy wonder. Mike Lunceford,
although he doesn't want the snapshots in his schools, believes they
are a good tool for the other trustees to have for their districts.

Anna Eastman, whose stock continues to sink with her own district
schools and parents, clings to the belief they are helping the district
improve.

By the way, it comes to houstonisdwatch on good authority that Ms.
Eastman by no means wrote the editorial in the Houston Chronicle
trying to have it both ways on testing.

As it has been described, Ms. Eastman has neither the depth of thought
nor the writing skills to produce it. 
RACIST COMMENTS MADE BY HARVIN MOORE,
GRIER FUEL THIS BATTLE 

The UUAA is keeping it's promise. The Urban is set to depart Houston on 3/17/2015.
The destination is the State Capital. The mission is simple. Reforming HISD is not an
option. Exe. Director Gerry Monroe and his army are taking 2 bases to Austin. And
knowing the The Urban there will be some in your face controversy. This group has
made in roads faster than any group in the last 30 years fighting HISD. To support any
bill is a step outside the box. And THE URBAN has the political muscle to pull it off.
Monroe stated what has motivated him more than anything were the RACIST comments
made by board member Harvin Moore and Terry Grier at the last board meeting. Stripping
them of their power to dictate will be my pleasure. The Urban is filming the whole trip for
the purpose of a documentary.Not since the civil rights movement have we Seen a group
like this. Malcolm would be proud. So sit tight as the Urban gets ready to ride off into
History. Austin will never be the same. The month of April will be Epic for The UUAA.
MORE ON THAT LATER.
Grier's reign of error: Another school chief finds
greener pastures

Dan Gohl is making a lateral move. Ericka Mellon writes that the
Broward County district is larger than HISD, but if you work for
a district in the top ten in terms of student population, how can
this move be seen as anything else but an escape?  
Board meeting video March 12, 2015
In an attempt to balance out attendance zones and reduce over-crowding,
HISD to consider changes to school zones (see Section F in agenda) 
HISD SEEKS TO RENEW CHARTER SCHOOL CONTRACTS
  • Energized for Excellence Academy
  • Energized for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Academy (E- STEM)
  • Southwest and Southeast campuses
  • Hope Academy
  • Inspired for Excellence Academy, Inc.
  • Kandy Stripe Academy
  • Mount Carmel Academy
  • Young Learners Charter School (multiple campuses)
  • Young Scholars Academy for Excellence
  • Texas Connections Academy at Houston
  • Texas Southern University Charter School

HISD to submit innovative course request for Mexican-American studies
APPROVAL TO SUBMIT AN INNOVATIVE COURSE APPLICATION FOR
MEXICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES TO THE TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY 

This agenda item seeks approval from the Houston Independent School District
(HISD) Board of Education to submit an innovative course application for Mexican-
American Studies to the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
 
In April 2014, the HISD Board of Education adopted a resolution to include a
high school level course in the study of Mexican-American history and culture.
This innovative course application will provide expanded opportunities to promote
Mexican-American Studies among HISD high school campuses.
 
Texas Administrative Code, in §74.27 regarding Innovative Courses and Programs,
requires a local board of trustees to approve innovative course applications prior
to submission to TEA.
 
Board will fail again to demand accountability in Haberman screening
instrument

Haberman Educational Foundation

HISD                                    District wide                         $24,000 (In-kind)         None
 
Haberman Education Foundation will provide free training events for principals
charged with the selection of teachers for their individual schools.
(from board agenda for 3/12/2015)
 
HISD touts its Hispanic student summit and provides campaign
platform for District III candidate Manuel Rodriguez
TEXAS SENATE UNDER KOCH-REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP
LAY OUT PLANS TO DESTROY PUBLIC EDUCATION

Districts like HISD are making teaching as unattractive as possible
PARENTS HAVE VALID CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY
AT LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL
Multiple reports of marijuana and xanax possession, laptop thefts, physical
violence, videotape of sex acts on campus, and even suspicion of child
pornography confirm reports of safety issues at Lamar High School
Terry Grier's Houston property on hcad.org
Listed by trulia.com

HOW IRONIC
Back in February Terry Grier agreed with union leaders that more
needs to be done in HISD to stop bullying....but his administration,
i.e. hand-picked principals and SSOs are doing most of the bullying
and Grier is the biggest bully of all.

This one has got to get the Hypocrite of 2015 award, don't you think?
While Grier's power to hire, fire, and settle remain unfettered, Dallas ISD
hopes to clip Superintendent Miles' right to determine settlements with
departing executives
What kids want: more school focus on preventing dating violence
Fasten your seat belts: Lieutenant Governor Patrick unveils first round of
education "reforms"
*more virtual learning courses
*grading campuses as well as districts with A-F ratings
*making it easier for parents to take their kids out of failing schools
*expanding online course offerings
*expanding dual credit programs 
Dry cleaner in River Oaks at center of pollution enforcement debate
Slumping oil prices take toll on Texas job growth
Allegations made against HISD administrators by advocates
for students suspected of gang activity at Sharpstown High School
describe the typical ways HISD covers its tracks

First you accuse, then you suspend, silence, and sully with suspicion. There is no better
example of "TEAM Grier" in action that the way it's handled accusations made by
non-English speaking students against one of its favorite son principals, Rob
Gasparello.

Keep in mind this isn't Mr. Gasparello's first brush with the law, nor is it his first
suspension from his job as principal of Sharpstown High School.  There are,
however, no records of criminal activity for Mr. Gasparello found as a result of
a Texas Department of Public Safety search by houstonisdwatch.

Grier and Gasparello have some kind of connection (talk among yourselves here),
and when houstonisdwatch queried HISD to uncover this connection, it was stymied
by no less than three documents defending HISD's right to withhold {potentially
damaging information from the public
}.  The Houston Chronicle and KTRK
were also snubbed in their attempts to find out why Terry Grier, who loves nothing
better than to fire employees, has come around full circle on Mr. Gasparello.

Grier even called in a favor from Randy Hardin, high-powered Houston attorney,
to defend Mr. Gasparello. (Again, talk among yourselves as to the potential nature of 
the favor for which Grier was owed).

houstonisdwatch does not know if the students are guilty or innocent, but they are being
shipped away to a DAEP.

We do know the pattern of attack. Remember when Anna Eastman was punished by
Grier when he threatened to close down elementary schools in District 1? Of course,
Ms. Eastman was against closing schools (or against closing schools in her district) 
before she was in favor of closing schools everywhere else. Yes, it does reek of
hypocrisy just as it will if it can be proven her recent editorial in the Houston Chronicle
was actually written by a Grier lackey on W. 18th St.

Seriously, an HISD trustee can't even pen her own editorial?

Eastman should know by now how Grier operates and stop voting to support people
like Roland Fryer and companies like Pearson.

Then there was Mary Nesbitt, former leader of a group that's gone totally undercover
called Parent Visionaries. Ms. Nesbitt was taking on Grier and had the connections
to know what most of us didn't. houstonisdwatch talked to her regularly in the build-
up to the 2011 board elections.

Grier's team went after Ms. Nesbitt, arranging editorials to be written about her by the
then newly formed shadow group Parents for Public Schools. Then the ever ready to
kiss Grier's butt rag called the Houston Chronicle published a supposed news story
about Ms. Nesbitt tape recording a meeting with HISD officials.

That wasn't newsworthy. What would be newsworthy is someone dumb enough to
go into a meeting with any of the HISD administrators and not tape record the proceedings.

In Texas tape recording a conversation without the other parties knowledge or
permission is allowed. In dealing with HISD, it is an absolute necessity.

houstonisdwatch doesn't know for sure but it seems likely Terry Grier's team
got a little too close to Ms. Nesbitt's husband. She balked and bailed out.

Now, Team Grier is busy working to uncover any dirt they can find on UUAA,
especially its Executive Director Gerry Monroe. Mr. Monroe told houstonisdwatch
Grier's operatives were moving in to smear his wife.

Unlike Ms. Nesbitt, Mr. Monroe isn't going to stop battling HISD. houstonisdwatch
has covered HISD for five years. The pattern of dirty tricks is so obvious. Monroe
knows the score.

So let's wind back to Mr. Gasparello and the immigrant students he allegedly
raised a hand to.  Terry Grier put him right back at Sharpstown after he was quickly
cleared. It helps to have a crackerjack attorney on your side.  Gasparello's return
draws attention away from the allegations, doesn't it?

There's another thread here but houstonisdwatch can't mention it yet. It doesn't
involve Gasparello or Sharpstown, but it does involve what makes the district
go round and round and Terry Grier stay here long past his welcome.

In this thread there are some players who might surprise you and some connections
that are well ensconced behind some nearly impenetrable walls. 

For a dictatorship to endure it must control the media. Coming up soon on
houstonisdwatch are emails which give us a glimpse of how the Grier
administration is controlling almost all of the local media, save for Greg
Groogan's brave reporting at My Fox Houston.

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST
SUPERINTENDENT GRIER... 
alleges blatant
disregard for state
graduation requirements
by eliminating .5 credit of
ECONOMICS for students
at Worthing, Jones, Sterling..




*State of Texas graduation requirements for high school students
*Complaint filed with TEA by community activitist Denetta R. Williams
NO EVIDENCE WAS PRESENTED TO PARENTS OF ALLEGED GANG ACTIVITY
LULAC alleges Intentional and Systemic Disparate Treatment
of and Discrimination against Hispanic Students on the basis
of race and national origin by Sharpstown High School Principal
and Faculty.

From LULAC's letter to HISD: 
In July 2014, complaints were filed with the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
(DOE/OCR) alleging that HISD has discriminated against Hispanics on the basis of race
and national origin. Texas League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Districts 8 &
18 are filing this complaint with you/trustees and intends to file complaints with DOE/OCR that
discrimination against Hispanics continues in HISD in 2015, especially against those classified
as English Language Learners (ESL). Or who appear to be of immigrant background or who
associate with other Latinos in any size or type of group. Students are targeted and falsely
accused of perpetuating organized criminal organizations or “gangs,” without proof and in
direct violation of the proper procedures to save these children from dropping out- not forcing
them to do so through persecution and false accusation. 

The school system and the anti-Spanish speaking culture at Sharpstown High School have all
but failed these students. It seems as though in a school district that purports to put students first,
these have been made to come in last. Certainly, if it is a challenge getting students to graduate
from Sharpstown, these students have it the worst
 
Specifically we will complain that the HISD has a long history of “pushing out” Hispanic students  
with a total disregard of Texas laws. HISD also seriously harms Hispanic students with unlawful
removal actions and in the case below, inappropriate physical contact by the school’s administration.

Full text of LULAC's letter to Terry Grier and HISD trustees
FORMER TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYEE'S LAWSUIT ALLEGING HISD MANAGEMENT
OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN HIRING PRACTICES IS PROCEEDING IN FEDERAL COURT

The details of this case cannot be divulged to the public at this time. The case does represent,
however, another grievance against the Grier administration and the HISD trustees, citing
their failure to both recognize and prevent racial discrimination.

And the lesson to those who believe race, gender, or sexual orientation have been used against
them in the hiring and promotion process, or in the day-to-day treatment they suffer at the hands
of superiors? Concerns will not be addressed by the paper court Grier has installed in the EEO office.

Filing a complaint with HISD's EEO office is the first step. Be prepared to file a complaint with U.S.
Department of Education.
 
SCHOOL SUPPORT OFFICER CORONADO GIVES
PATHETIC RESPONSE TO PARENT QUERRY

Mr. Dino Coronado, listed at houstonisd.org as the support officer for Furr HS, is
the new school support officer for Wheatley High School. 

Here is a list of the SSOs current through Feb. 2, 2015.  Mr. Coronado is
not even on the list. Apparently, after his stint at Furr, he left HISD only
to return.

Doesn't Wheatley High School deserve more from HISD than a temp serving
as a School Support Officer?

Note: in the editorial below by Art Smith Mr. Coronado has no explanation
for the dearth of certified English teachers. "The situation will have to
remain the same until we figure something out..."

This is a response from a HIGHLY paid HISD employee who supervises
principals and makes over $100,000+ a year?

It's just pathetic.
TERRY GRIER IS FAILING OUR COMMUNITY
WHEATLEY PARENT ART SMITH VOICES CONCERNS; HIS CHILD IS
CAUGHT UP IN THE WHEATELY NO-CERTIFIED-TEACHER SHUFFLE

Hello Everyone,    
     
This is Art Smith. My concern is the Stolen Instructional Time That Is Lost between qualified
teachers and non-qualified instructors is what's hindering classroom performance and 
short changing tax payers. How much lost instructional time has HISD thrown away with good
sounding excuses? I am a Parent of a 12th Grade Student at Phillis Wheatley High School. My wife
Koffey and I met with our son English Teacher Miss Allen last week because we were concerned
about how our son received an A/B Honor Roll Certificate for the first semester and then receive a
C' on his report card, for the starting of the second semester. That bothered me because my son is
so concerned about getting into College with top grades. So after my wife and I met with Miss Allen
on last Thursday, it was our surprise to hear from the English Teacher herself (Miss Allen), that she
have been taking on the task of Double Duty, by coming to the Campus everyday, giving instructions
to the Full Time Sub that has been subbing in her 12th Grade English Class while she spends everyday
on campus getting the 10th Grade Students ready for their State Mandated English STAAR Test.This
is a Cram/Crash Course, Type Style of Teaching. I told Miss Allen that this is not fair to her and if the
10th Graders doesn't the Standards to past the STAAR Test, their gonna look at her. That's not right.
I most definitely want all students to past the STAAR Test. I request that they receive quality, fair and
legal teacher from a Certified 10th Grade English Teacher, not abandoning the 12th Graders by taking
their teacher from them. This is not Fair at all to our Students (In The 10th and 12th Grade) on Phillis
Wheatley High School Campus.

According to the George W. Bush Institute and Global Education Report Card. 60% of Students Achievement
is Directly Related to the leadership of the Principal and the Teachers, therefore the staffing difficulties at
Wheatley and the lack of leadership by the administration puts our children in a perpetual failing situation. 

The new SSO (Mr. Dino Coronado) for Phillis Wheatley called me last night and said to me that this situation
will have to remain the same until they figure something out. I said to him that this is not acceptable in our 5th
Ward Community and at Phillis Wheatley High School. I also said that I understand that he is new and this
have been going on before he got here. I'm not pointing the finger at him. I see that he's trying. But I don't
agree, understand and will not accept the Principal and Administration allowing this to happen.
 
This is by design for our Kids to Fail. The Teachers and the Administration are failing the students, therefore
Terry Grier is failing our community. If it's happening at Phillis Wheatley, then the Community and I are asking
the Media to help us investigate if it's happening at other schools also or just at the brown and black schools. 
How can the 10th Graders Pass the STARR test without a Full Time Certified English Teacher in the Class Room?
Now I know Miss Allen is a Certified English Teacher for 12th Grade Students because she's my son teacher
and her name is listed on his report card, even when she has not been teaching him hands on with this
Substitute Teacher (WHO IS UNKNOWN)has been on campus the same time as Miss Allen is on campus
every day.

Questions? Is Miss Allen a Certified 10th Grade English Teacher? Where the 10th Grade English Students
Parents and 12th Grade English Students Parents notified when this change involving the Substitute Teacher
for the 12th Grade English Teacher and no 10th Grade English Teacher Missing when all this started? Can
Two Teachers be on Campus legally instructing the same class? At this time of the year a Teacher/Students
should have some strong rapport to the point where Strengths and Weaknesses of Learning Patterns should
be already identified by the students certified teacher. How can a Brand New Teacher come in and get the
same expected results by Teaching on the FLY(Fly By Night) and with a attitude?
 
1)What was the Teacher name and was she qualified to teach the 10th Grade English Class before she left? 
 2)Why is that Teacher no longer at Phillis Wheatley?
 3)Who gave the Principal the Green Light to have Miss. Allen go outside the State and Federal Law and Play
   the 2 Places at one time Game!
4)What was the last Date/Month/Year of the Missing 10th Grade Teacher?
 5) What is the name of the Sub,    that covers for Miss. Allen who told the Seniors? (according to their
statements     said, "I don't have to be here, Houston ISD sends me my check in the mail through FEDEX
every two weeks. Yall don't have to do the work if yall don't want to, it don't matter to me."
This is the Second time a Sub has been so Arrogant in the Class with our Son. Who is Hiring these People?
 
TEA is going to evaluate Phillis Wheatley according to the STARR test and we are Set Up To Faill way
before the TEST takes place. This administration must be held accountable and we in the Fifth Ward
Community Demand to be treated Fair according to Board Policies and Procedures and the State and
Federal Law. 

Teacher for 10th Graders getting them ready for the STARR TEST. Show me just one. Can someone show
me one other High School in Houston ISD, that does night have a Certified English Teacher for 10th Graders
getting them ready for the STARR TEST. Show me just one.
 
In the Black and Brown Community You All may not expect our Students to be something in life. I am a
Parent and my wife Koffey is a Parent that cares and I want to see a full investigation on why this have
been allowed to take place. We will not stand for this.
 
If we as Parents don't receive Fair and Honest answers concerning our students academics, as soon as
possible, we will be forced to Protest by the hundreds for our kids to receive a fair and legal education
that that have the rights as students to receive within the Houston Independent School District. 
I am a active and concern parent seeking help for a brighter and better future for my child and all
students.
 
Art Smith
832.258.5776

(Art Smith is a member of the United Urban Alumni Association. His wife Koffey Smith is seriously
considering challenging Rhonda Skillern-Jones to represent District II on the HISD school board
in the upcoming November election.)


HISD's web still lists Mr. Coronado as the SSO for Furr High School.
HISD TEACHING VACANCIES UP AGAIN, NOW 336
ONLY FIVE ENGLISH TEACHERS ASSIGNED TO WHEATLEY HIGH
SCHOOL AND NO CERTIFIED TEACHER FOR 10TH GRADE STAAR
PREP 

WHEATLEY STUDENTS THREATEN WALKOUT OVER LACK OF CERTIFIED
TENTH GRADE ENGLISH TEACHERS

*Allen Patrice Wheatley High School Tchr, English $49600
*Harris Dyan Wheatley High School Tchr, English $50600
*Martinez Sandra Wheatley High School Tchr, English $52500
*Payne-Martin Burice Wheatley High School Tchr, English $56500
*Waller Stacie Wheatley High School Tchr, English $65304
ANNA EASTMAN SHILLS FOR BIG TESTING
Apparently, the anti-testing voices of all of us with common sense are
beginning to rattle the big corporate Pearson-loving school reform-backer
trustees.

Anna Eastman wrote this editorial published in the Houston Chronicle
yesterday.
 
"...Many share my righteous indignation with these practices. But unfortunately, rather than
demand that the tests themselves be examined and improved – or that our local districts
prohibit days wasted with practice tests and lockdowns for kids in untested subjects, who
ultimately miss out on valuable instruction time – folks want to drastically limit the frequency
of testing or throw the tests out altogether..."

Eastman seems to forget her votes to close neighborhood schools have had lasting
negative impact on vulnerable students. 


"...The urge to retreat from an annual statewide testing system is tempting. Without tests, we
envision engaging lessons, rich curricula that combine complex problem solving with creativity,
reminiscent of an imagined schoolhouse from days gone by. I don't think we need to eschew
one to get the other. While I'd be my children's and many others' temporary hero for advocating
that way, I believe it would be a grave mistake – one that would have a devastating impact on
our most vulnerable kids..."

In choosing where to send her own kids to school, Ms. Eastman hasn't always been a champion
for the vulnerable campuses in HISD. Nor can Ms. Eastman explain why, as HISD's standardized
testing program has ballooned into weekly intrusions into the educational process,  parents
with means have taken their kids out of HISD schools.

HISD is facing credit and graduation issues at many high school campuses. Perhaps, if learning
were practical, challenging, and congruent with the natural urge we all have to explore those
things we are most interested in, more kids would be in school everyday and more kids would
be lining up in graduation regalia this spring.

Of course, CVPE is crazy, just like the rest of us who feel Big Testing is exploiting our
youth under the guise of helping underprivileged children.
NO ASPIRE BONUSES GIVEN TO NON-CAMPUS BASED PERSONNEL
houstonisdwatch filed a Texas Public Information request to obtain the
names and dollar amounts awarded to non-campus based administrators
through ASPIRE.

The district had no information responsive to this request.
UUAA supports increased pay for HISD police
The UUAA supports Chief Mock and his officers while being under paid. Exe. Director
Gerry Monroe states that every issue brought to the Chief is handled expeditiously. 
Mr. Mock treats his staff with courtesy and respect. I've seen it first hand. But to allow
other people to make the money that the chief isn't making is a travesty. All officers
need a pay raise. They are far more important to the safety of the schools than the
pencil pushers over at W. 18th. Officers like Willie Demby at Yates need more help,
more cameras and more pay. I salute the officers that strive to keep our campuses safe. 
Thank you Chief Mock
And all of the officers that lay it on the line daily.
 
G. Monroe
EXE. DIRECTOR
THE UUAA
Teach for American just can't shed it's me-first image 
The disastrous impact of income inequality on public education
222 HISD police charged with protecting the safety of 28,410 HISD
employees and 213,234 students

With escalated violence in HISD schools under the leadership of the
Grier administration, the current HISD police force is grossly understaffed. 

Chief Robert Mock has impressive credentials, but by Grier administration
standards where Chief of Staff Jason Spencer earns $190,550 a year,
Mock's salary of $133,900 seems underwhelming given the critical task
his department is asked to perform on a daily basis.

Spencer Jason Chief of Staff Chief of Staff, 12 M $190550
Mock Robert Police Department Chief of Police $133900


The Grier administration's revolving door of principals has allowed
incompetent individuals to assume control of campuses, regardless
of how short a tenure they have.

Principals live in fear of Grier's wrath, and requests to add police officers
or to confess there are serious safety issues on your campus is a major
no-no. Just ask veteran Principal McSwain at Lamar whose discipline and
safety issues were exposed by local media. Ask Donetrus Hill at Yates who
refused to ask for assistance from the HISD Gang Task Force.

Grier was criticized by Guilford County parents in North Carolina who
determined his schools were too loose.  With stints in Sacramento,
San Diego, and Amarillo, Grier is not prepared to face the inner city
issues of poverty and violence that afflict many HISD schools.


Poverty rates remain high in big cities
Texas ranks 8th in list of states where kids go hungry
Why many inner city schools function like prisons
Role for police officers in schools
 
Teachers taking value-added evaluation supporters to court
Texas legislators weighing whether Pearson or ETS should get new Texas
testing contract

State contract for STAAR for the next four years to be awarded next month 

*Even Texas politicians have had enough of Sandry Kress
*The resurrection of Sandy Kress
*Sandy Kress, NCLB architect

 
Top 115 salaries in HISD as of Feb. 2, 2015
Latest HISD employee roster 
Lamar High School's McSwain highest paid high school principal

UUAA WILL TESTIFY BEFORE TEA TO
ATTACK GRIER ADMINISTRATION

*Yates students will report on Donetrus Hill's unfit leadership; students who
walked out in both band and safety demonstrations will speak
*Safety concerns at Yates and throughout HISD are not being addressed
*Grier administration refuses to fund and staff HISD police to meet challenges
*Credit recovery program is in violation of federal law which forbids falsification
  of government documents
*UUAA will summarize community distrust of the Grier administration and
  HISD trustees by disclosing citizen complaints

HISD officials should be very concerned. UUAA has not revealed the documents
it possesses nor the conversations it has on file. It will do so at the appropriate
time.

It's time to topple the Grier administration and the ignorant trustees who support it.

 TEA will hear UUAA's grievances about the Grier administration and HISD on
March 17, 2015.
LAMAR HS UNDER PRESSURE TO CLEAN UP
STUDENT
BEHAVIOR

*Fights recall Trustee Adams comments at board meeting regarding
 Lamar's gang problems
*Lamar's McSwain is a "lead" principal for Grier. What exactly is he leading?
*1900 students transfer to Lamar from other HISD high schools; 3241 total
  enrollment as of Jan. 2015 
HISD acknowledges problems with kindergarten GT testing
HISD's letter to parents
Gifted and Talented test abnormalities have put hundreds of parents
on hold

ALLEGATIONS OF GHOST COURSES HAUNTS YATES HIGH SCHOOL,
HISD
HISD claims Yates' credit recovery is "routine"
UUAA says abuses in program are widespread
HISD will conduct audit 
JOB WATCH: HISD still looking for 327 teachers
TWO STRIKES AND...YOU'RE BACK AT THE JOB
HISD quickly resolves accusations against Gasparello in
Gasparello's favor

Student advocate Robert Kimball plans to meet with HISD officials

HISD's Gasparello makes the national press...and not in a good way

interviews with students via video cast via USA Today
HISD's longtime Principal Herlinda Garcia, a Grier pal, named
LULAC's Principal of the Year
HISD DENIES ACCUSATIONS AGAINST YATES HIGH SCHOOL
ONE OF GRIER'S SIGNATURE ACHIEVEMENTS UNDER FIRE
Greg Groogan Fox 26 Houston is investigating credit recovery
in HISD
*he reported live from the Yates campus yesterday
*he received information from the UUAA and HFT that
 significant numbers of Yates seniors cannot graduate
*he is also investigating credit recovery issues across HISD
 Students are being told to sweep halls, clean desks
 Students are not being given the opportunity to complete course work
 Schools have merged credit recovery and asterisk removal programs

Original credit recovery program overview
HISD graduation labs
HISD's statement on graduation labs
Is HISD letting students cheat through its grad lab program?
Briar Forest parents unhappy with rezoning
Some Texas legislators want to make it easier for seniors who haven't
passed required state exams to graduate

Shock and awe: Has the Houston Chronicle finally taken an honest
view of HISD under Grier and the current trustees' leadership?

HISD ASPIRE Awards for 2013-14





Rob Gasparello, suspended Sharpstown
Principal, is probably getting a pass again 
from the public because he is principal of
...well...Sharpstown High School






SHARPSTOWN HIGH IS THE MASCOT FOR HOW SCHOOL
REFORM DESTROYS SCHOOLS

From one superintendent to another, from one reform to the next, Sharpstown -
its teachers, students, and parents - has in many ways been ground zero for
HISD's attempts to be successful in accomplishing its core mission.

Established in 1968 to relive overcrowding at Lee High School, Sharpstown
High School became famous for a race riot in 1988. It is alleged to have
been payback for a previous racial incident.

Sharpstown and HISD officials claimed ignorance. They simpyl didn't
know that after two black students had been attacked by a white a
revenge attack was being planned by blacks.

Then in 1991 two portable buildings burned up. Arson was suspected.

In the late 90s, then HISD West Superintendent Anne Patterson sent Lee
High School counselors to Sharpstown to clean up "transcript problems."
Lee counselors found irregularities of all shapes and sizes.

To "save" Sharpstown, Ms. Patterson and HISD officials looked to....
the growing school reform movement, where else?

HISD invested $68 million dollars in a program labeled "First Things
First" that pledged to break down barriers between teachers and students,
require smaller classes, and, best of all, give students a new focus on
being in school.

You know Sharpstown was having severe student attendance problems.
Student attendance problems are always symptomatic of a looming
dropout crisis.

Superintendent Rod Paige had greater plans for his career than merely
being HISD's superintendent. He wanted to go to Washington, D.C.
He and George W. Bush, newly elected U.S. president, desperately
needed a big ol' Texas miracle.

Kenneth Cuadra, data specialist at Sharpstown, helped them create
one. In the process, student records were falsified. A long court battle
did not clear HISD. HISD did everything it could to make Cuadra the
culprit. HISD's efforts failed. Harris County prosecutors dropped the
case against Mr. Cuadra.

John Hopkins' University produced Dropout Nation. Texas ranked first
with over 1000 dropout factories.

Sharpstown and Lee High Schools made the list.

So even though there was this, and now this, many are giving the
beleaguered Sharpstown HS principal a pass.
Hany Khalil, Ruth Kravetz, and Anne Sung nail it in
critique of HISD's corporate school reform

Yes, HISD is in a precarious state and has been since the fall of 2009
"...The HISD board has invested in test prep at the expense of a rich curriculum
and precious instructional time, and instead of investing in teachers, librarians,
and counselors. This year elementary school students will take 16 district-created
practice ("benchmark") tests; older students take 30 practice tests. HISD has
earned scorn as the district that gives practice standardized tests to kindergarteners..."
Full text


HISD Trustees & Roland Fryer got one over on the HISD public
this past summer

Roland Fryer and HISD hoodwinked the public by agreeing to what, on
the surface, appeared to be a good deal for the district. But the loss of
instructional time caused by nonsensical DLA exams is much more
expensive, and detrimental, to real teaching and learning 
Roland Fryer's EdLabs contract with HISD
 
THE KOCH-GOP THINKS OF EVERYTHING, DOESN'T IT?
Texas bill will allow teachers to kill students for destroying
school property
Publishing giant Pearson hauls in billions in education dollars,
but do students benefit?

Retired teachers could face rising health care costs

A twitter storm may be brewing? 
Anna Eastman compares bond money to
three little pigs straw house
@AnnaEforHISD

Does that even make sense?

@harvinmoore
Harvin recently retweeted Hardin retweeted "Je Suis Charlie"
Does this mean he supports pornographic pictures of the prophet
Mohammad? Is he encouraging HISD teachers to show these cartoons?

@HISDPaulaHarris
Of course, Ms. Harris won't make her tweets public, you have to ask her
for approval. Not exactly a believer in the public's right to know, are you,
Paula? 

And please follow houstonisdwatch on twitter!

*Bellaire HS leads HISD in number of A.P. exams administered in 2013-14 &

82% of exams were scored 3 or better

*HSPVA has the highest percentage of enrolled students taking A.P. exams and
the highest percentage of exams (90%) earning scores of 3 or better

HISD released its comprehensive Advanced Placement report for the 2013-14 school
year on October 14, 2014


Wheatley Principal Shirley Rose-Gilliam is used to constant
change, job movement

From 7/1/2005 through 2/14/2014 Ms. Rose-Gillian served as an
principal in three different Fort Bend ISD Schools, ending her
career there as a middle school principal with nine service
years in a principal's position. 
Ms. Rose-Gilliam's background information
and HISD job
application

Ms. Rose-Gilliam's answers to group
interview
questions

HISD welcomes Dr. Rose
chron.com on Rose's hiring
abclocal on Rose's hiring
African-American news report on Rose

 
Did Trustee Paula Harris owe Gaither a favor?
Many red flags should have kept Gaither away from Yates HS

Jerry Gaither taught PE at Attucks about 15 years ago.He arrived with baggage -
teachers gossiped about him having been kicked out of his other schools.

I thought it was typical school gossip... until one day a female student came
screaming out of the gym and straight into the principal's office crying that Coach
Gaither had propositioned her. Our principal removed him and he never set foot
on our campus again. He was never officially fired or charged (he said/she said),
but apparently, this was what had gotten him into trouble at his previous schools.
 
Fast forward a couple of years and there was a story of how a male assistant
principal at Christa McAuliffe Middle School (in Fort Bend ISD) got in trouble for
telling a female teacher that she wouldn't get a favorable assessment unless
she slept with the a.p. Apparently the teacher had an audiotape of the threat
and the guy supposedly not only was fired but convicted. The a.p.'s name was
Jerry Gaither. That was the last I heard of this guy until your Yates/Gaither story.
This guy must have some friends in high places because it sounds like he's
been a predator his entire life. Probably Paula Harris's cousin or something.
 
Shaking my head. This district dismisses quality people by the hundreds
yet hires every incompetent and perverted individual with a pulse.
(submitted to houstonisdwatch by a colleague of Mr. Gaither's at Attucks
Middle School )

HISD'S REZONING PLANS INFURIATE PARENTS: from khou.com
SAFETY IN TERRY GRIER'S SCHOOLS?
AT SAM HOUSTON HS, NOT SO MUCH
PRINCIPAL'S LIFE THREATENED

35 CRIMINAL CASE REPORTS AT SAM HOUSTON HIGH
FOR JUST ONE SEMESTER

*car stolen from teacher's parking lot
*trespassers
*students in possession of controlled substances
*student in possession of stolen HISD property & marijuana
*suspect hit complainant without consent
*POWER UP LAPTOPS STOLEN
*Breaking & entering with intent to steal
*Narcotics found on campus
*complainant threatened
*arrest for bodily assault in a public school
*"threat to kill" made against student
*more assault
*caller: "Female in route to kill the principal"

(houstonisdwatch obtainted this information through a Texas Public
Information Act request)


There's more assault, marijuana, threats. Click link above.
Anyone who teachers at Sam Houston High schould receive a valor
award and a bonus. 
Lauren Topek of Shadowbriar shame went to Spring ISD
Lupita Hinojosa was a Mark Smith kiss up. She did his bidding at every turn, she was
nothing more than a passive-aggressive control freak. And by the way. Grier had no
use for her, he wanted to fire her years ago and probably celebrated the minute Watson
hired her in Spring. Watson also hired Lauren Topek. Anyone who's been in HISD long
enough will remember her horrendous behavior towards her janitor when she was a
principal. She was rewarded by HISD by being promoted to HR. Now she's been
rewarded again and given an executive position in Spring. Tell me why such
incompetent people always land on their feet?
Witness to the madness houstonisdwatch commenter
Terry Grier disappointed about Broad Foundation cancelling its
award for this year, especially with an election coming up



ANOTHER ONE OF GRIER'S SUPERSTARS
CREATES ANOTHER BIG MESS

Spring students graduation in peril...and who is
Spring's Chief Academic Officer? Former HISD S.S.O.
and Assistant Superintendent for School Choice
Lupita Hinojosa.

A few weeks ago it was Carmen Darville
forced to resign over inappropriate emails
making fun of fellow employees. In HISD
Ms. Rowan (Darville) was a senior manager
for teacher recruitment.

 
HOUSTON CHRONICLE FAILS HOUSTON AGAIN
Fox 26 carries the real story of Grier's dog and pony show yesterday

Education reporter Ericka Mellon on the scene but doesn't report
For real news about HISD follow great all over

*UUAA Army crashes
Grier's event
*CVPE gives real state
of schools
speech
across street from Hilton

THE UUAA escorted out of Grier
State of the Schools Address. 

The UUAA has shown again they have
zero fear. The Executive Director Gerry
Monroe  and his small army showed up
with one mission.
DESTROY this day of celebration for
Terry Grier. They were surrounded by HISD police. Mr. MONROE QUESTIONED was
tax payer money used for this event. The answer was no. Every city politician you
could name was in the building. The threat of jail didn't quiet him down. Police were
basically begging in for the UUAA TO LEAVE. Mr. Monroe told them if I leave this floor
I will bring hell on earth to HISD. Mr. Monroe has organized his own event. THE CITY
WIDE STATE OF THE SCHOOLS ADDRESS. NEXT SAT. FEB. 21. AT THE SHAPE
CENTER ON ALMEDA. 6PM. THIS IS THE DAY HE SAYS WILL CHANGE HOW
OUR SCHOOLS ARE TREATED. The UUAA has taken the front seat in the fight.
And the driver is Gerry Monroe. Make sure you attend this event with solutions
to the problems. HISD has met their match. Monroe just won't go away. But his
efforts may make Terry Grier go away for good.
 
Community Voices has common
sense agenda for Grier & HISD trustees
Why aren't they listening??
CVPE ISSUES

In 2014-15 WE ASK HISD
TO:
  • Support quality neighborhood schools; don’t close them. Change
  • HISD school closure policy to ensure at least one year’s notice
  • including communities as part of the process before making decisions
  • on closing or “restructuring” schools.
  • Limit class size.  Reduce class size waivers by at least 50% for 2014-2015.
  • Eliminate the use of STAAR as a promotion standard in non required
  • grades (3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th)
  • Restore extra pay for teachers with masters’ degrees
  • Keep strong teachers and principals in HISD. High faculty turnover destabilizes
  • schools and hurts children.
  • Provide nurses, librarians, counselors and social workers in all schools
  • Support Universal pre-K.

WE ASK the TEXAS LEGISLATURE TO:

  • Restore full funding of public education
  • End the use of STAAR as a promotion standard.  STAAR should
  • be for diagnostic purposes only.
  • Charters receive public funds and must be required to admit and retain
  • all students just as neighborhood public schools do.

Why did current Yates Principal Donetrus Hill
hire Jerry Gaither in the first place? 

Jerry Gaither (Gaither Jerry Yates High School Tchr, Special Ed SC Lifeski
jgaither@houstonisd.org Restricted Restricted XX 99999 Restricted      
$76,966.00 Yates High School 8/4/2013)

Even more obvious question, given this criminal record, why was Mr.
Gaither hired on August 4, 2013, and why is he still earning his
$76,966 salary?
(correction: Ms. Sheppard did not hire Mr. Gaither).
HISD TEACHER VACANCIES SHOOT UP TO 309
Cut-and-paste HISD board agenda for 2/12/2015
Grier's plan for Reduction in Force will, no doubt, please
anti-public schoolers like Harvin Moore but in light of

HISD's teacher shortages and the money the district
spends to recuit teachers, it's nothing more than a
witch-hunt..

Here's a challenge for the HISD trustees...for once, flex your 
muscles, take a stand, and vote NO to Riffing in 2015-16.

UUAA does not support Riffing,,,and it will be present at
the board meeting when this issue is discussed...
Are dual credit courses as challenging as A.P. & I.B.
courses? Grier thinks so, and he's pushing for weighted
grade points for dual credit

houstonisdwatch has heard from A.P. teachers who do not
support the balancing in weight for G.P.A. purposes of
dual credit courses, administered through HISD's partnership
with H.C.C. and rigorous A.P. & I.B. classes.

Grier's proposal will get a second reading at Thursday night's
board meeting.
Westbury 2012 bond money used to fulfill promises HISD made
in 2002 & 2010 

$8,000,000 in HISD promises to Westbury High School amended
to follow through on previous land acquisition and promises to
community
HISD board agenda for Feb. 12, 2015 meeting
Grier wants $4 million to study facilities; could be precursor to another
bond election 





Where is the outrage in
the Milby community
concerning proposed
cuts to Milby's 2012
capital improvements -
no swimming pool, no
auditorium??






Board Bond workshop claims 100% inflation hindering scope
of original bond promises

*Original 2012 bond promises made to high schools

*HISD points out other districts are experiencing unexpected
 higher costs, too 

 
Koch-GOP declare war on public education
THE GRIER ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO RESOLVE 
UUAA'S CONCERNS; UUAA IS BRINGING IN THE FEDERAL
OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

How many meetings with HISD officials does one organization
need to have before it becomes very clear HISD has no interest
in responding to community concerns?

How long can District IV Trustee Paula Harris continue to throw the
proverbial finger at her constituents and suffer no consequences?

UUAA Exeuctive Director Gerry Monroe, completely aware of the
futile nature of grieving the district, followed district protocol
by filing five. Two mandate the removal of Superintendent Grier.

In addition, he has filed complaints with the U.S. Department of
Civil Rights on behalf of his constituents. 

There are trustees who disagree with Paula Harris and the
Grier administration. But they have not spoken out forcefully
enough, they have not been clever enough, nor have they
put principle over the need to perpetuate the facade that
everyone in HISD is getting along.

Looks like the feds, who are already in HISD investigating financial
impropriety, Larry Marshall's pay-to-play contract involvement, 
and numerous civil rights complaints will have even more to do.
 
Yates Principal Hill: Accused of inappropriate sexual
behavior with a male student, was cleared by HISD police

Based on being accused on inappropriate sexual relations with
a male student, Yates Principal Donetrus Hill should have been
suspended and assigned duty at the HISD warehouse

Here is the report alleging inappropriate conduct against Mr. Hill.  

The investigation cleared Mr Hill but it raises several questions:
How many other HISD administrators have been accused by
a student of engaging in same sex relations with another student?

If the district believes the student bring the accusations made false
charges, why wasn't he or she disciplined according to porcedures
outlined in the HISD Code of Student Conduct?

Did Paula Hill interfere, inappropriately and in violation of HISD board
policy to ensure Mr. Hill was not suspended from the campus, as he
should have been, during the investigation? 
DO THE HEAD COUNT: AT BEST, GRIER COULD GET
A 4-4-1 STALEMATE ON VOTE TO EXTEND 

EXPECT GRIER TO BE GONE SOMETIME DURING 2016

The votes just aren't there to extend Terry Grier's contract again.
A lack of follow through on major projects, lack of accountability, and
a lack of academic progress commensurate with the promises made
are forces working together to end the reign of Terry Grier in HISD.

Most important of all, however, is a lack of community support for Grier's
programs and policies.

Grier's contract extended through 2016

Sure, there are votes to extend his contract. Harvin Moore, Paula Harris, Greg
Meyers, and Manuel Rodriguez have always come through for Grier.

Wanda Adams won't risk further angering of  the community by voting to
extend Grier. Anna Eastman, Juliet Stipeche, and Mike Lunceford clearly
wouldn't support an extension.

Rhonda Skillern-Jones could be the wild card but Jones is not looking
favorably on Grier at this time. She is especially displeased with Grier's
choice of high schools chief Harrison Peters who, so far, has bumbled 
his way through his job.

For Grier, the best he could hope for is a split vote with one abstention.
He would have no choice but to resign. The vote, however, is probably
5-4 against Grier, possibly 6-3. Rhonda Skillern-Jones wants the
support of the UUAA. So does Manuel Rodriguez.

houstonisdwatch has been told the UUAA is not going to support
Rodriguez. In fact, the UUAA is working with Latino leaders to
field a credible candidate to run against Rodriguez. 

It's impossible to verify this information through TPIA requests.
houstonisdwatch learned about Grier's current tenuous status
through off-the-record conversations with key constituents.

And while I'm leaping into the future, let me put this out there:
Grier's hatchet men, the hires made because of nepotism and
favors owed, and, most especially, the vindictive principals, 
assistant principals, and S.S.O.s who have contributed nothing
to real student learning - all of these individuals need to be
pink slipped when major changes occur.





School board members risked being
labeled racists if they did not vote
to give Larry Marshall a commendation
upon his exit even if they backed Gil

Ramirez in his suit against Marhall

FBI probing HISD? You betcha.
Possible reopening of Gil Ramirez's suit
confirms what houstonisdwatch has
heard: The feds are all over HISD at this time


houstonisdwatch obtained this information from a very high ranking
source in the district but is not at liberty to divulge his identify.

Houston Chronicle has the Gil Ramirez article behind a pay wall. As a
protest against the Chronicle's negligence in covering HISD, houstonisdwatch
no longer subscribes.
NAACP drops lawsuit against HISD over Jones High repurposing
Fewer top college graduates want to join Teach for America
HISD State of the Schools Feb. 15, 2015
Updated HISD enrollment report (1/30/2015)
TEA communication with HISD on class size waivers
674 Prospective Yates students transferred out last year;
only 171 transferred in

*471 black students zoned to Yates chose other schools
*122 of the 471 went to Lamar High School
*54 chose Austin High School over Yates
*25 chose Bellaire
*30 were accepted at DeBakey and chose to go there
Campus Enrollment and Capacity
Snapshot 2014
Students
 
Living in Zone 870
 
Transfers  In 171
 
Membership 1,041
 
Facility Capacity 2,644
 
Facility Utilization 39%
 
Group
Students
 
American Indian 2
 
Asian/Pac. Is lander 2
 
African-American 938
 
Hispanic 91
 
Multi-Racial 2
 
White 6
 
Econ. Disadvantaged 765
 
Immigrant 1
 
Click here for a complete report on HISD's demographics, transfers in to
campuses, transfers out, etc.

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