Financial shenanigans go on, unabated.
Republican right overwhelms Dems in Texas text book fight:Two requests by houstonisdwatch to obtain Nathan Graf's emails and memos
TexasTribune.org weighs in on social studies textbooks
In Dallas ISD, elementary students are forced to take Mike Miles' dictated exams
in electives, including art, setting off demands to remove the Grier clone from office
Jason Catchings to Westbury? Move is questionable...
STAAR EOC scores from the spring of 2014 raise
questions about why the Grier administration forced
out former Westbury Principal Andrew "Tim" Wainright
and replaced him with former Scarborough HS Principal
Enrollment is much higher at Westbury than Scarborough and more students
at Westbury took the Algebra 1, U.S. History, English 1 and II exams.
Yes, 63% of Westbury students did not pass English 1 and 56% of Scarborough
students failed the test, but Westbury's testing population was 719 compared to
The testing population for Scarborough for English II was just 193; Westbury administered
the English II EOC to 620 students. 55% of Scarborouh's population failed as did 61% of
In Algebra 1 EOC and Biology EOC Westbury tested more students - at least 50% more -
and got better results.
Perhaps faculty members and parents are happier with Mr. Catchings. Mr. Wainright
touted Grier's company line on the 2012 bond until he felt the district had misled
the Westbury community.
Temporary buildings would be removed as a result of the bond according to HISD.
After the bond passed, HISD admitted the T-buildings would stay.
It certainly made for good P.R. to announce the removal of what some consider
unsightly temps. However, it just may not be possible for HISD to remove all
of its temporary buildings in spite of the $1.9 billion dollar bond program.
Trustees renege on plans to shut two magent schools; takes 9 magnet programs
HISD approves Arabic Immersion School
HISD still has open projects from 2007 bond; this time Southmayd gets additional
Robert Chavarria: HISD's highest paid elementary school principal at
Common Core: It's about the tests and corporate profit
Furor over Angela Box's racial views continues to fester
HISD: Beaumont ISD should serve as a warning against fomenting racial dischord
and using bond money for projects and schools the voters did not approve
Court tells Beaumont ISD superintendent: You are not God
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF GRIER ADMINISTRATION
GIVING PARENTS THE FINGER??
QUANELL X VS. ANGELA BOX
Quanell wants Daily ES teacher
fired for making a racial
slur about President Obama on
the "Tommy's Garage"
chron.com has the report.
MORE PARENTS OBJECT TO RACIST
COMMENTS BY HISD
TEACHER: from MyFoxHouston.com
HISD has no plans to take Ms. Box out of the
classroom despite parent
Spanning a wide range of job titles and salaries, 2,227 new employees
joined HISD since June 2, 2014
There's a big problem with Time's teacher-bashing cover story
Grier's trip to Turkey has flown under the
radar. Did his visit have anything to do with
Turkish Islamic leader Fethullah Gulen and
Harmony Charter Schools headquartered
here in Houston?
Did Grier go to Turkey to arrange for HISD to
hire Turkish nationals to help fill its ever
growing teaching vacancies?
Harmony has been criticized for shunning American
teachers and hiring Turkish citizens who are given
H1-B visas to work in the U.S.
Republicans have seized on potential conflicts of interest
and Harmony's ties to the Islamic religion and culture.
If that why Grier's trip has been so quickly expunged from the record?
"Vision of new Bellaire coming together with community input" claims
Newark superintendent greeted by protesters who followed her to the
ONE MONTH AFTER ALLEGED CRIME, PRINCIPAL MCDONOUGH
FINALLY NOTIFIES HIS STAFF
From: McDonough, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 3:55 PM
Subject: MESSAGE FROM ME
Below is a copy of my first communication regarding the open investigation that has
surfaced on the news. I am scheduling this for distribution later this afternoon. I wanted
to share this with you first – as I have before with other communication – so that you are i
Informed. One news agency reported last night that I had already shared a callout with
Families about this alleged incident. That was not true.
If you have any questions or concerns then please let me know.
Within the past 24 hours, more than one news agency has reported about an ongoing police
investigation involving Bellaire High School students. When alleged misconduct is brought
to our attention, we take it seriously. As this investigation by the Houston ISD police department
is still open, I cannot comment specifically about the details of the alleged student misconduct.
Please know that my team and I are cooperating with all levels of the Houston ISD police
department as well as with outside reporting agencies. I want to remind all of our families
that the safety and security of our students is the top priority, and I have full confidence in
the large team we have in place committed to this work.
If you have further questions or concerns, then please do not hesitate to contact me directly
either via email or by phone at 713-295-3704.
Has anyone heard from HISD Trustee Lunceford, pictured above?
BELLAIRE PARENTS ARE ANGRY AT MCDONOUGH,
HISD BRASS FOR TRYING TO HIDE ALLEGED MAJOR
CRIME ON BELLAIRE CAMPUS
KHOU.com has the story
Bellaire High School at center of sexual assault investigation
PRINCIPAL MCDONOUGH FOLLOWS HISD LEAD BUT
FAILS TO LEAD BELLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY
Whatever possessed Michael McDonough to wait nearly a month
to inform his own parents and students about an alleged rape
in a bathroom at his school - a gang rape at that - did a disservice
to the school and community he is supposed to lead.
The rumors about Bellaire's supposed major lapse in school
security began immediately after the incident. houstonisdwatch
was notified by an HISD principal just days after the alleged
incident was to have occurred.
HISD's press response has been chaotic. HISD representative
Holly Huffman told the Houston Chronicle she was trying
to figure out what rules governed parental notification.
Huffman Holly Communications & Publications Mgr, Multimedia
firstname.lastname@example.org Restricted XX 99999 $77,532.22
Hattie Mae White ESC 9/3/2013
How about the rules of common decency and common sense?
P.T.O. President Narayan is sticking by McDonough and reassuring
parents. This leads to the conclusion she, too, knew about the alleged
crime on the Bellaire campus and said nothing about it.
Another failure to lead.
Despite month lag between alleged inc ident and parent notification,
PTO President Swati Narayan sticking with Bellaire principal, assures
parents school is safe
Insiders at Bellaire blaming girl described as "unstable"
and suggest she may have performed fellatio on some boys rather
than being raped
GANG RAPE IN A BELLAIRE BATHROOM? THAT'S
AT 3700 STUDENTS BELLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL IS NOT NEARLY
AS SAFE AS PARENTS WOULD LIKE IT TO BE
*Student sexual assault alleged to have occurred in Bellaire bathroom
*Teachers describe students as "rowdy"
*Some classes have over 43 students
*Active hallways during class time
*HISD Trustee Mike Lunceford has gained the reputation for being ineffective
among his constituents
*Principal Mike McDonough is frequently absent from campus
houstonisdwatch received an alert from an HISD principal that a sex assault
(rape) had occurred in a Bellaire bathroom. Until there was collaboration
of the allegation houstonisdwatch did not mention the incident.
And in 2006 a freshman male student was stabbed in a Bellaire HIgh School
This would not be the first time an alleged rape was reported at Bellaire. Another
instance occurred in 2003. It was effectively covered up.
chron.com has the story today.
Under Grier, HISD high schools are largely failing. Implementation of extreme
testing regimens, all designed to gather research for Harvard Labs, obscures the
day-to-day mission and administration of schools. .
No one in HISD or at the Houston Chronicle will address high school STAAR
E.O.C. test scores.
It's highly probable the HISD trustees haven't even reviewed the scores.
High school administrators who fail to administer student discipline efficiently and
effectively but, instead, spend time bullying and harassing teachers over test
scores has become the norm.
And it would help if Mr. McDonough actually spent time in the building, meeting with
kids and parents, instead of following Grier around like a little puppy dog.
When Mike McDonough was an assistant principal at Bellaire, students called him
"Easy Mike" and "Mr. McDoNothing."
It's time for "Mike" to decide if he wants to be a Grier sycophant or an effective
high school principal.
The fact that Belliare peaked at over 3,700 students is just more evidence of Grier's
ineffectiveness as superintendent. Bellaire's academic success occurs in spite of
Terry Grier's policies, not because of them.
Bellaire's popularity endures in spite of Grier, too.
4,574 claims filed by HISD employees for workers' compensation
from Sept. 1, 2012 through August 18, 2014
TriStar, HISD's workers' compensation insurance provider, did not disclose
how many of those claims resulted in workers' comp.
Currently, HISD employs 28,429.
(This information was obtained by houstonisdwatch through a TPIA request)
Michael Williams, current T.E.A. Commissioner, maybe on the way out
chron.com has the report
HISD Foundation: Corporate partners, non-profit, board members include
Terry Grier and Harvin Moore
And on a related note...remember this video where Anna Eastman pontificates
about competent principals? What exactly does Anna Eastman know about
competent principals anyway?
Emerson ES turnover rate provides unstable environment for students
2013-14 Emerson faculty list
2014-15 Emerson faculty list
Grier in Turkey; trip financed by HISD Foundation
Grier neglected to report extra income
chron.com has the story
Grier wants to shed exclusivity requirement with HCC
HISD sets its legislature agenda
HCC criticized HISD for rolling out programs "too quickly"
Erica Mellon at chron.com provides the report
THIS IS SURE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE...
GRIER DIRECTS PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE TO STONEWALL TPIA
REQUESTS CONCERNING NATHAN GRAF'S TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
to staff about ongoing safety issues with HISD buses goes unanswered.
HISD CFS Chief Bobadilla and Terry Grier love them some Nathan Graf,
but why is Graf's transportation department regularly in the news for all
the wrong reasons???
WHEN IT COMES TO STOPPING BULLYING, HISD REEKS OF HYPOCRISY
Bullying parents, teachers, school board members, and critics in general is
the chief operational tool of the pathetic Grier administration.
The more Emerson's Alexander Rodriguez rants, the more inane he looks
He uses this handy booklet to fuel his rants
His staff has learned ways to tune him out we hope.
Message to Mr. Rodriguez: You apparently have no concept how
to build successful teams and, subsequently, how to help children.
Quickest way to view most recent comments? Click twitter feed
or comment in large bold letters at the bottom of the page. I'm inclined
not to delete posted comments.
140 vacancies for certified instructors in HISD
If you value Texas public schools, you better keep an eye on Dan Patrick
Charter schools looking forward to a Dan Patrick victory today
REFORMERS LIKE HISD'S TERRY GRIER AND DALLAS' MIKE MILES
ARE FULL OF IT
Dallas ISD has Supertintendent Mike Miles, cut from the same mold as
Terry Grier. Like HISD, the lowest achieving students aren't benefiting
from so-called "reforms"
Grier's cheating witch hunt stings Devon Anderson
Local teacher groups support Kim Ogg for Harris County D.A.
HISD Code of Student Conduct
Elementary schools student discipline report
Middle schools student discipline report
High & alternative schools discipline report
HISD SEES RISE IN STUDENT MISBEHAVIOR
5,800 (which must be an estimate) students committed offenses resulting in
suspension or removal to alternative campus in 2014; 4,987 in 2012
HISD Executive Summary discipline report
October 9, 2014, HISD board meeting minutes
HoustonChronicle.com covers why HISD struggles to teach the arts
Will Texas become Kansas?
If you think things are bad now in Texas, just wait until the midterms are over.
HISD PERVERTED OBSESSION WITH TEST SCORES AND PRINCIPAL BULLIES
If you are working at a school where the principal is bullying you or issuing documents like
a Teachers Retention Guide, please use comment section to expose. If you have copies
of documents and can scan/sent in PDS or Word format, use Editor@houstonisdwatch.com
Teach for America: Revenge-minded when it's criticized for results that
come up short
Being AWOL for a month
I certainly appreciate the comments and support these past few weeks.
Readers and bloggers who post comments keep the site going.
But this is an independent, privately financed endeavor. And costs to
keep it up and running continue to escalate.
Maintaining this site competes with working, traveling and just enjoying
living in a vibrant, wonderful city like Houston.
Info. link ad. revenue barely pays the monthly rent. Other expenses
have increased by 200% since I started this website in August 2010.
Microsoft charges for monthly and/or annual use of its products now. Previously,
a license was good for ten years and updates were provided as part of the orginal
I kept up a subscription to the Houston Chronicle which was difficult to justify given
the bias towards all things Grier the newspaper regularly expouses an,d excuse
my language, the overall shitty product with endless galaries available everywhere
on the web.
How does the Houston Chronicle stay in business?
Only a few dollars a month separate costs between subscribing to the New York
Times and the Houston Chronicle. No need to even ask which newspaper is better.
houstonisdwatch no longer subscribes to our local daily restaurant and real estate
promotional, the Houston Chronicle.
Then there's HFT which never seems to know which side of the fence they
I continue to be amazed at their operational paranoia.
Houstonians have really one last shot to save a school district that is
My absence should be no surprise to those who follow this site. When school
board members feel entitled to blow off serious inquiries about test scores, and
do so with impunity as no other media sources have even bothered to ask them the
question, you begin to ask yourself what's the point.
Please, do not turn on Ad Blocker. OK, let's be realistic...don't keep it turned
on all the time. It's blocks the only revenue source to support this site.
Your confidentiality is guaranteed. Tell others you know to post comments about
what's really going on at their campuses.
Nov. 2015 is not that far off.
Student stabbed near Madison; suspect still at large
Borrowing a page from the principal's playbook, former
HISD media guru returns this time as Grier's Chief of
houstonisdwatch has already submitted a TPIA
request to find out Mr. Spencer's specific, articulated duties
and his salary.
The usual pattern is to leave and HISD and return for more $$.
After the disastrous tenure of former chief Michelle Pola, he
won't need to do much to impress.
Principals leave HISD and go to the suburbs, their stock
immediately buoyed by time spent away from HISD, and
come back to better positions and raises.
It helps Mr. Spencer that HISD's image has sunk in public opinion.
It's time to go trolling for awards Grier can receive.
It's time to brag. After all, how will the Grier regime keep unpopularl
Manuel Rodriguez and Paula Harris on their team after the 2015
HISD MAY BE ALL IN BUT THE BELLAIRE COMMUNITY ISN'T BUYING IN
houstonisdwatch has heard from several Bellaire residents about HISD's
new and improved plans to rebuilt the 1950s' era high school.
They're not buying it.
No plan that divides up the school community is going to be acceptable.
No mass disruption of life in the high tax city of Bellaire is going to fly.
HISD's African-American community is much farther along. They've resorted
to the courts, believing the only way to get HISD to change is to shame the
district and obtains rulings forcing the district to do the right thing.
By district here, we clearly mean Terry Grier, Leo Bobadilla, the Greater
Houston Partnership, and big dollar contractors who have 60% of the money
to promote the 2012 bond.
Paul Krugman talks about the ignorance of the American people on the
issue of inequality
Terry Grier: It's a mess now but you'll love the results
Grier's friends at the Houston Chronicle publish is mea culpa but...
TO APPEASE THE CITY OF BELLAIRE, HISD IS
APPARENTLY ALL IN WITH PLANS FOR THE BELLAIRE
HISD Listened: New Plans for Bellaire High School
Architects for the new
after HISD got the message that Bellaire residents and parents of students
were very unhappy about two proposed designs for a new $106.7 million high school.
The architects from PBK presented four alternative site designs Tuesday, at a
Project Advisory Team meeting at the high school. Members of the PAT, as
well as many Bellaire residents, were pleased to hear that HISD officials have
agreed to allow temporary buildings to be used during construction.
The temporary buildings will allow juniors and seniors to stay on the campus
during a phased reconstruction process that will take up to four years. Under
the new plans, freshmen students from Bellaire will attend classes at the
and Avenue B. The
Bellaire sophomores will attend classes at the High School for the Performing
and Visual Arts, or
Construction of the new high school has been controversial in Bellaire, with
many residents near the campus concerned about a proposed parking garage,
a “flipped” campus that would put school buildings closer to residential neighborhoods,
or an option that would have required all Bellaire students to attend other high schools
Bellaire Principal Michael McDonough said that “we are light years ahead of where
we were” a month ago, when more than 400 Bellaire residents, parents of students
and students attended a community meeting at the school to express their opposition
to two site plans.
One of those plans would have “flipped” the campus, with the school buildings closer
to the residential neighbors and the green fields on S. Rice.
The second plan, which would have kept the current configuration of the school,
would have required all Bellaire students to attend other high schools.
A key part of the new site options was a decision by HISD to allow the use of temporary
buildings during the reconstruction of the high school. Earlier, HISD officials said that
Superintendent Terry Grier would not allow the use of T-buildings. After input from the
PAT, “near neighbors,” and the community meeting, Grier apparently changed his mind.
PBK Architects Richard Chi, Sam Savage and Melissa Turnbaugh presented the four
alternative designs, which would keep the auditorium, administration, and classrooms
baseball field on the
closest to the residences across the street from the school.
Plenty of money in Texas just not for education; Audit
reveals Perry's Enterprise Funds were grossly misallocated
MORE QUALIFIED CANDIDATES INTERVIEWED FOR LANIER
PRINCIPALSHIP SO HOW DID FELICIA ADAMS LAND THE JOB?
houstonisdwatch is very familiar with Lanier Middle School and its
expectations for the individual chosen to lead the school. Highly
qualified candidates interviewed for the position this August.
How Felicia Adams got the job is a mystery.
houstonisdwatch filed a Texas Public Information Act request
for copies of her interview file. HISD released interview materials
and the answers she gave transcribed by committee members..
Are these answers important? That question can be answered
by another question: Are Grier administrators downgrading
teachers' scores for the quality of their persuasive, objective
viewpoints about how and why students succeed?
We know the answer to that question. The Grier administration
uses whatever means possible to dock teachers. Their
chosen principals are given marching orders to downgrade
and terminate. Terry Grier has instituted teacher termination
So how can Felicia Adams get a promotion by ignoring questions,
offering one sentence answers, and a plethora of cliches that a
discriminating selection committee should toss out?
Furthermore, why is Lanier Middle School under Paula Harris'
umbrella? Ms. Harris is the target of a black race war in her
district? She certainly has no time to monitor Lanier?
But when Ms. Harris is trying to put her people in place, loyalists
who will campaign for her in 2015, she breaks rules of ethics
and standard operating procedure and Terry Grier looks
the other way.
Felicia Adams may be doing a fine job at Lanier. Hopefully,
But her written responses are insulting. Being the principal of
Lanier should mean more than going through the motions to
take over a job your good buddy promised you.
Felicia Adams Transcript and Interview file.
Paula Harris' lies to
community, her unwavering
support for Grier's failed
policies, and her subterfuge
in turning District IV schools
into charters or, worse, closing
them down has made her
enemy #1 of these protesters
LEADS FIGHT AGAINST GRIER
AND HISD TRUSTEES; WE SHOULD
ALL JOIN IN
The Houston Forward Times discusses the trickery in HISD's bond program
description in this piece
HISD is still looking for 72 teachers
Unfortunately for HISD students, HR never is able to fully staff the district
Grier administration and his school board ignoring black community's
voice in key study: HISD, you have a festering problem
Twitter threat sends police to Lamar HS
HISD investigating threats made against students on Twitter
There is no peace
If the Grier administration and the HISD trustees believe
all is well with the community, they are mistaken. The
Education War over the direction and policies against
HISD may begin soon. Stay tuned.
Massive lawsuit planned. It will be interesting to see if
individual board members, those who have done so
much to foster the Grier agenda, will be targeted.
Paula Harris, Greg Meyers, Manuel Rodriguez, Harvin Moore:
Time to lawyer-up?
Austin HS Final Discipline Report for 2013-14
2,282 VIOLATIONS OF STUDENT CONDUCT CODE
AT AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL IN 2013-14
165 truancy incidents
31 incidents of possessed, sold, or used...including two level 5 offenses
2 terroristic threats
2,329 incidents; 2,505 responses
TARGET PAULA HARRIS, DISTRICT IV
TARGET MANUEL RODRIGUEZ, DISTRICT III
In the battle to reclaim HISD from the inept (Grier administration), ideologues
(Harvin Moore), and the free riders (Manuel Rodriguez), we must focus
on these two districts now to win the 2015 board elections.
Will the African-American leaders who blasted Harris at Yates High School
field a viable candidate to defeat her, especially now that we have confirmation
minority contractors have been screwed by HISD since Grier became super?
The Latino community deserted Manuel Rodriguez in 2011, crossing their
names of his fund-raising list. Rodriguez resorted to gay-hate tactics,
and barely won his relection by 24-votes.
NO FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENT FOR HISD,
SMALL PROFIT MARGINS FOR ARAMARK
UNLESS KIDS TAKE THE ENTIRE MEAL
BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM
This topic has generated numerous comments here, particularly about waste
and rodent/bug problems created by outside a designated eating area.
Additionally, teachers, who may want to be spending time prepping for the day's
lessons or talking to parents, become fast food employees for part of the day.
Let's be clear: No one is suggesting hungry kids shouldn't be fed. Like the many
other examples of its gross mismanagement, the Grier administration sends out
an edict with little concern about the details.
It's dollars and cents for the district much like signing kids up for Medicaid.
And all the uneaten food lingering in trash cans is symbolic of the Grier
administrations's waste of teacher talent, students' time, and taxpayers
Someone once wrote to this site to say wasting federal dollars is okay because
the money isn't "local." Hmmm, I wonder why we pay our federal income taxes
every year? As long as we pay taxes to support all the federal programs in our
schools, we have an interest in monitoring outcomes.
Los Angeles teachers battle against Breakfast in the Classroom
Fed up with lunch reviews Breakfast in the Classroom
HISD and Aramark demand students take entire meal so they will be reimbursed
Aramark's 2013 report on food waste.
Criticism of education reformers (are you listening Harvin Moore, Paula Harris, etc.?)
HISD SAS EVAAS service agreement in place until 2015
Religious zealouts think Moses was a Founding Father
MINORITY CONTRACTORS' COMPLAINTS ABOUT HISD'S EXCLUSION
BORNE OUT BY DISTRICT INQUIRY
HISD plans to take no action against law firm involved
At school board meetings and other forums, minority contractors have expressed
their frustration trying to work with HISD, saying they were excluded by Grier's
Construction & Facilities Services Department headed by Leo Bobadilla.
At the American Coalition for Justice Forum meeting about HISD held before
the November 2013 school board elections, minority contactors expressed
that unless a firm made financial contributions to HISD, it had no chance of
obtaining a contract.
Here's the Houston Chronicle's report on the subject.
This report comes after a May 2014 ABC local news report on how the
Grier administration awarded 2012 bond contracts. Firms donating
to the promotion of the bond ended up with 66% of the contracts.
ABC local news promised a follow-up report. HISD had withheld records
until the last minute and released pages of report just before the
KTRK has not done a follow-up on this issue.
2014-15 HISD EMPLOYEE ROSTER WITH COMPENSATION
(houstonisdwatch obtained this information through a Texas Public
Information Act request)
Blogger posts cell phone video of fight at Furr High School; appears racially
motivated says observer; HISD issues a statement
GRIER ADMINISTRATION'S BOND PROBLEMS
Another HISD community outraged at HISD's bond behavior.
HISD's anti-bullying award - that is not bullying the "adult team members" -rbre joke
HISD settles lawsuit with Wheatley community groups; pledges another
$1 million to renovation project
chron.com has the report & mediation agreement
IT'S COMING: houstonisdwatch will soon be posting district-wide
salaries. Some will complain; most will read with keen interest.
Other web sources will copy....
YATES ALUMS HAVE CITY WIDE SUPPORT
FOR FIGHT AGAINST HISD
HISD board meeting minutes August 14, 2014
PAM FARINAS' FIRST YEAR AT NORTH FOREST HIGH
820 out-of-school suspensions logged
1,362 violations of the student code of conduct
2 assaults classified under penal code
19 incidents of felony charges for possession of a controlled
29 mutual combat (student fight) incidents.
Here is the final PEIMS discipline submission for North Forest High.
(houstonisdwatch obtained this information through a Texas Public Information
Act request; houstonisdwatch has submitted a TPIA
request for Austin High's discipline report)
HISD HAS NO RECORD OF NATHAN GRAF'S COMMUNICATION
ABOUT OPENING WEEK BUS PROBLEMS
On Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, houstonisdwatch made a Texas Public
Information request for this information:
Nathan Graf's emails to staff, media, and parents concerning this incident:
Fox News report
News story is dated
Key words include:
"Left on his own"
"After receiving the e-mail per the criteria below no e-mails were found to be responsive
PAULA HARRIS SLAMMED BY
Yates alums: She hasn't
meeting about Yates
rebuild doesn't go so well
Let's stop the nonsense talk trying to justify Adrian Peterson
It's not about the difference between black and white parental discipline.
It's about terrorizing a 4-year old.
I hope no one who considers themselves to be an educator sanctions the
criminal way Adrian Pederson brutalized his 4-year old son. There is no
Texas textbook wars an embarrassment
Fight over Bellaire rebuild rages on
HISD board agenda 9/11/2014
HISD board meeting video 9/11/2014
HISD board meeting minutes 6/12/2014
HISD took away students' science textbooks but
can't maintain its computer network
Network Connectivity Issues at HISD
From: Information Technology Systems
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 3:29 PM
Over the past two days, the district has experienced intermittent
problems with network connectivity that have been affecting access
to email, district applications, and the Internet in general. HISD
Information Technology is aware of the problem and is working to
resolve the issue.
Why is this happening? We have learned that certain machines are
triggering an excessive number of requests from the network, which
we believe is causing the problem.
What are we doing to fix it? We are working to identify the source
and/or sources that are causing the excessive requests and resolve
We apologize for this inconvenience. We understand that staying
connected is a vital part of how students learn, how teachers
teach, and how the district operates. Consequently, resolving
this issue is our top priority. Thank you for your patience.
Taking on Big Testing is never easy
How young is too young to be inundated with tests?
OPERA BUFFA Part 3
Grier manipulates administrators to keep them fearful, obedient
Before we discuss Ms. Shonda Huery Hardman and Mr. Harrison Peters, high school
chief officers number seven and eight respectively, it is necessary to point out some
important events that happened in the high school office during the five month period
when interim chief Michael Cardona was the quasi-pseudo-leader. Dr. Grier fueled by
the new levels of cooperation he was enjoying with Academic Services, Board Services,
Human Resources and other HMW entities, put in motion a plan to completely empty the
high school office by non-renewing some or most of the high school SSOs. Or at a minimum,
Grier was going to require all of the SSOs to reapply for their jobs at the end of their contract
terms. It has been suggested that Cardona was somehow complicit in Grier’s SSO plan but
that has not been confirmed. The high school SSO’s situation was made even more serious
by the fact that Grier had removed Mark Smith from the Chief Academic Officer position and
replaced him with close family friend Dr. Andrew Houlihan. Consider the perilous reality of the
SSO’s predicament for a moment. The Superintendent wanted to fire all high school SSOs.
There is no High School Chief. Instead there is only an interim high school chief and the chances
that Michael Cardona is going to put his neck on the line for any of the high school SSOs was
highly unlikely. Also, Grier has reassigned Mark Smith the former Chief Academic Officer to
another position and replaced him with the chosen “godson” Dr. Houlihan who most likely would
have no qualms being Grier’s SSO executioner. This example highlights one of Grier’s long standing
strategies in running the 2nd and 3rd floor offices of Houston ISD. Grier does not allow many of his
top district leaders to develop effective relationships with colleagues or their subordinates. Grier’s
leadership motivation is deeply rooted in a culture of fear. On a regular basis, Grier publically
demotes or reassigns his top leaders and then shuffles the deck to ensure that everyone
remains a cooperative subordinate.
With no where else to turn the SSO’s in an act of desperation reached out to the Houston ISD Board
of Trustees. And incredibly the usually asleep and unattentive HISD Board of Ed privately admonished
the Superintendent and provided the SSO’s the necessary protection and cover they needed from the
Superintendent. But the damage being done by this method of leadership is easy to see. Because 2nd
and 3rd floor personnel are unable to form quality and meaningful working intra-HMW-relationships, and
are also unable to develop quality and meaningful relationships with school principals and other campus
personnel, Houston ISD’s capacity for long term problem solving and progress has been destroyed. Why
the Houston ISD Board of education continues to allow Grier to run the district in this way, or why they
continue to allow the Superintendent to run the district at all is a tragic mystery.
Also occurring during the five month High School Chief Officer vacancy, in early May of 2014 all
principals in HISD were told that any teacher vacancy that remained open for more than 14 days
would automatically be filled by human resources with prescreened teacher candidates that existed
in the pool. By May, most HISD principals had already interviewed the prescreened teacher candidates
that were in the pool and many of those candidates were determined to be, not a quality candidate or
lacking the necessary qualifications and/or certifications to be hired by Houston ISD. Some principals
admit to settling on a candidate that was less than ideal under the mandate from Grier and Human
Resources. Other principals in an effort to protect their faculty and campus from a mistake in hiring
simply closed their vacancies, choosing instead to play a cat and mouse game with human resources
and the Superintendent.
In either case, the mandate resulted in a temporary decrease in the number of teacher vacancies, a
data set that was undoubtedly reported to Spring ISD by Houston ISD’s Chief Human Resources Officer,
Dr. RodneyWatson, in his successful bid to be the next Superintendent of Spring ISD. In this classic
example of the tail wagging the dog and utilizing his culture of fear, Grier threatened HISD principals by
limiting the time they have to hire qualified teachers to benefit Dr. Watson and his superintendent bid
with Spring ISD. This is a severe act of hypocrisy on the part of the Superintendent. The High School
Chief Officer position is a vacancy the Superintendent is responsible for filling. Principals had to fill
teacher vacancies in two weeks, but the Superintendent was allowed by the Houston ISD Board of
Trustees to maintain a vacancy that left the High School Office without a quality leader for five months.
Believe it or not, the Houston ISD Board of Trustees reportedly had developed concerns about Dr. Grier’s
behavior during the five months when the high school office had no leadership. Under pressure from the
Board, Grier abruptly ended his “exhaustive nationwide talent search” and hired Ms. Shonda Huery-Hardman
to be the next High School Chief Officer. Where did Grier find her? North Carolina? San Diego? Dallas?
Austin? San Antonio? Nope. Ms. Huery Hardman was HISD’s Assistant Superintendent of HISD’s Futures
Academy. This is not to say Ms. Huery Hardman was not qualified for the position. To the contrary, Ms.
Hardman’s CV is impressive and complete. So what do you do with first highly qualified high school chief
since Orlando Riddick served in the position? If you are Grier, you move her to be the Chief Academic
Officer only one month after naming her the High School Chief Officer. Ms. Huery Hardman’s role in the
high school office was very limited but in that short time, both SSOs and principals report that she was
“clearly in over her head”. In addition, Ms. Huery Hardman’s “All In” mantra annoyed many high school
principals and the consensus maintains that Huery Hardman was clearly a “yes” person which earned
her a promotion to the third floor. All of this brings us to our current High School Chief Harrison A. Peters.
Peter’s CV is just as complete and impressive as Ms. Huery Hardman’s. But Grier’s track record for hiring
quality High School Chiefs is dismal.
Whether Peter’s journey to Houston was facilitated more by his connection to Chicago Public Schools and
Ms. Huery Hardman or Peter’s connection to Charlotte Mecklenburg Public schools in North Carolina and
Dr. Grier is unclear. Feedback on the new chief at this time is limited and principals and SSOs have been
busy starting the school year. But if Peters is anything like Grier’s previous Chief HSOs, we will have
something to report soon. So what’s the big take away? The Houston Independent School District’s High
School Office and the 2nd and 3rd Floor personnel are Grier’s Opera Buffa. Grier’s mismanagement of
both and Grier’s culture of fear reveal an inability to maintain stability in the school office which holds
the most accountability with the State of Texas. Under Grier’s leadership for the past five years, Houston
ISD’s High School Office has not had a focus, longitudinal leadership or a clear direction. This lack of
leadership could not have happened at a worse time. Other school districts with quality leaders who
understand and care about the challenges associated with the STAAR Test have been training principals
and teachers, setting goals and formulating plans and initiatives in order to guarantee student success.
For five years the High School Office in Houston ISD has floated in a rough sea not only with no rudder
on their ship, but with no Captain at the wheel… How long will the Houston ISD Board of Trustees allow
this to continue? The Children of Houston deserve better...
(provided to houstonisdwatch by an Insider quite familiar with the way Grier maintains his power)
HISD's control schools for Leverage Leadership experiment where
2014-15 is directed to be a repeat of 2013-14:
Ernest McGowen Sr. Elementary School
Kashmere Gardens Elementary School
Marcellus Foster Elementary School
Betsy Ross Elementary School
James De Anda Elementary School
James Reynolds Elementary School
A. A. Milne Elementary School
Judd Lewis Elementary School
Virgil Grissom Elementary School
James Mitchell Elementary School
Sugar Grove Middle School
James Deady Middle School
Thomas Alva Edison Middle School
John McReynolds Middle School
Louie Welch Middle School
Richard Fonville Middle School
Albert Thomas Middle School
Ruby Clifton Middle School
William Stevenson Middle School
Alexander Hamilton Middle School
Phillis Wheatley High School
James Madison High School
Charles Milby High School
Booker T. Washington High School
Stephen Waltrip High School
John Reagan High School
Westside High Schoo
Bellaire High School
Andrew Carnegie Vanguard High School
HISD still searching for 100 certified instructional personnel
LAW ENFORCEMENT HIGH SCHOOL
TAKES AN ATTENDANCE HIT
Freshman class totals only 90 students; overall
enrollment down by 70 students Insiders at Law
Enforcement cite last year's press over the closing
of the current to relocate (Dodson ES?) as a reason
parents advised their kids to stay away.
The community believed the magnet school was closing for good.
There's also the matter of Leverage Leadership. Grier, Fryer, and Ed. Labs is
using Law Enforcement as an experimental school. Who would find that
Wheatley preservationists, HISD in mediation
"The summary (2012 bond) provided to voters casting ballots never described the tear
down possibility." HoustonChronicle.com
LEVERAGE LEADERSHIP'S ABUSE OF EDUCATORS & STUDENTS' TIME
SHOULD BE A CRIME
HISD's campuses of pain:
Challenge Early College
East Early College
As reported on this website, Leverage Leadership is nothing
more than a social, education experiment on the unlucky
students and teachers who were chosen by Grier's henchmen
to generate data for Apollo-creator Roland Fryer.
If you are a parent at one of HISD's Leverage Leadership campuses,
you should take the time to read all of the emails houstonisdwatch
obtained through a Texas Public Information Act and put online.
If you don't want your kids observed constantly in the cafeteria
and you don't want them tested, retested, and tested again for
the purpose of giving Roland Fryer free research data, then
protest to your campus principal and ask your local HISD trustee
(warning: HISD trustees are not known for being informed. You may
have to share stories about what's really going in on those campuses).
If nothing changes, withdraw your child. Sting HISD with a loss
of subjects, or more appropriately a loss of victims, for Terry
Grier and Roland Fryer's inhumane experiement on teachers and
BELLAIRE HS IS HISD' MOST POPULAR SECONDARY CAMPUS
NO LEVERAGE LEADERSHIP AT BELLAIRE
Current Bellaire enrollment: 3,685
Bellaire High School is more popular than ever. Built to accommodate 2,906
students, the school is now almost 800 students over capacity.
Former HISD Trustee Diane Johnson and Superintendent Abe Saavedra
tried to manage Bellaire's overcrowding by instituting meticulous address
checks. Both articulated positions calling for a smaller Bellaire. Reducing
Bellaire's enrollment, they thought, would help increase enrollment at
under-enrolled neighboring high schools.
Chief beneficiary, they thought, would be Westbury, current 524 students
under building capacity. Maybe Lee could benefit. Its current enrollment
is just half of the building's capacity. Houston taxpayers paid for Leeto
be extensively remodeled after the 1999 bond.
Grier's education experiment called Apollo diminished any chances that
parents who wanted their kids at Bellaire would ever consider Lee.
Heavy-handed, central administration plants who've served as Lee
principals helped to create a stifling atmosphere at Lee. Harvin Moore,
HISD trustee for Lee, never expended any personal influnce to speed
up the exterior eyesore Lee presents to the community.
Parents opt to live in the Bellaire zone because they want their children
to attend classes on a traditional seven or eight period day. They know
the A.P. and I.B. programs are for real with test scores to back up that
They want a building principal who is responsive to them. Former
Principals Bill Lawson and Tim Salem, along with current Principal
Mike McDonough, have been responsive to both parents and staff.
Why, then, is Grier planning to rebuild Bellaire to accommodate
about 3,100 students? His team of cracker jack planners has all
the historical data about Bellaire's enrollment.
Grier believes in his own invincibility, no doubt, and he probably
believes he can force parents to send their children to neighboring
high school campuses.
That plan has never worked.
Screaming girl who struggled with HISD police over phone speaks out:
MILBY STUDENTS FORCED TO RELOCATE TO ACCOMMODATE
2012 BOND; MILBY'S ENROLLMENT DROPS 505 STUDENTS -
FROM 2032 TO 1527
HISD enrollment up 5,418 students in 2014-15
HISD enrollment figures for first week of school
(This information was obtained through a Texas Public Information Act request
submitted by houstonisdwatch.)
Bellaire rebuild Option 2: students stay on campus during construction
Graf, Bobadilla tell parent to Eff Off until MyFoxHouston gets involved
Conservatives are angry with College Board for what they claim is a revisionist
U.S. History A.P. exam
Mark Samuel's Dillard & UH transcripts redacted
Shadowbriar's Mark Samuel answered interview
questions on July 9, 2014
Shallow, pat answers to the usual questions
A quck review seems to show Mark Samuel knew he already had the job
(houstonisdwatch obtained this information through a Texas Public Information
Bellaire rebuild Option 1
DANA BOST AND RICHARD RODRIGUEZ: HIRES THE INEPT
HISD TRUSTEES SHOULD NEVER HAVE ALLOWED TERRY
GRIER TO MAKE
GRIER'S DRUG BUST
BY ALABAMA POLICE
Opera Buffa Part 2
Cronyism, pledges of loyalty, quick exits mark Grier's unfettered authority to hire
and fire an HISD insider reports:
WHY DID THE HISD TRUSTEES ALLOW GRIER TO HIRE DANA BOST WHO,
AFTER ALL, HAD NEVER EVEN BEEN A HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL?
Chief Number Five: Similar to Dr. David Simmons (Chief Number One), Ms. Dana Bost served
HISD as the High School Chief Officer for only four months. Dana Bost had a lot of energy. A
LOT OF ENERGY. Following the sloth-like Riddick, Bost’s energy was infectious to the high school
principals that she briefly led. The general consensus from principals and school support officers
is that she was liked. Always on the move, Bost was frequently out visiting high school campuses
and reportedly asking good and relevant questions when in schools. However while she was out
being the first highly visible and attentive Chief High School Officer, she was oblivious to the power
struggle that was taking place at Hattie Mae White. Riddick’s demise was unsettling for many
people on the 2nd and 3rd floors at HMW. Grier axed Riddick publicly and in the most humiliating
manner, and the Houston ISD Board of Trustees didn’t even blink.
Everyone who worked closely with or near the superintendent was worried they could be the next
“Assistant Superintendent of Something Obscure”. Bost’s preference to be out of the office visiting
schools allowed high ranking personnel working in Academic Services, Board Services, Human
Resources and other HMW entities to try and gain favor with the Superintendent. Once the Superintendent
realized he had everyone’s attention on the 2nd and 3rd floor, Grier began to promote initiative after
initiative that often times supported his own agenda of bolstering Broad Prize data sets as well as data
sets that are relevant to various Superintendent of the Year contests. During this time, Grier also began
to make more business connections with vendors he had worked with in North Carolina and California.
The offices that should have been a support to school operations and working in concert with the High
School Chief were now working independently of the high school office and working to support the
Superintendent’s agenda. What resulted was an increase in the number of initiatives and special
projects that began to flow out of HMW down to various high school campuses across the district.
High School’s, still suffering from a decrease in school funding related to the State of Texas decimating
the High School Allotment in 2011, struggled even more under these new initiatives that many principals
referred to as “unfunded mandates”. Principals had to make hard choices on how to deploy their scarce
campus resources, which reportedly was frustrating because the unfunded mandates rarely had anything
to do with House Bill 5 or TEA accountability.
Whether it was the pressure of HISD or it was a part of her life prior to her arrival to Houston ISD is unknown,
but on a road trip with her fiance, Dana Bost and former Wheatley Principal Don Rodriguez, were arrested on
felony drug charges in Alabama. Both of these Grier imports resigned their positions in December of 2013 in
an unfortunate and embarrassing spectacle that the Houston ISD Board of Trustees again fully ignored,
never once questioning the personnel choices of the Superintendent. Once again, the High School Office
(and Wheatley High School) was without direction or leadership. To be clear, it is not being suggested that
Ms. Dana Bost was somehow negligent in her duties as the Chief High School Officer. To the contrary,
Ms. Dana Bost was the first High School Chief who really seemed to understand the hard work required
to benefit the high school students of Houston ISD. Being an import combined with her short tenure, there w
as no way Ms. Dana Bost could have effectively controlled the intra-office power struggle that ensued after
the demise of Orland Riddick
Chief Number 6: Similar in stature to Bost, the sitting Middle School Chief, Michael Cardona was charged
with being the interim High School Chief while an “exhaustive nationwide talent search” was conducted
and the next great high school Chief was named. The word coming from middle school principals and
middle school support officers was that Mr. Cardona would routinely put his own foot in his mouth by
making statements that any quality leader would never say out loud. And it did not take long for the
interim Chief to live up to these low expectations. Rooted in an obtuse bravado, Mr. Cardona, armed
with a very high opinion of himself, reportedly hatched a plan to try and be appointed Chief of ALL
Secondary Schools. While the opportunity for Cardona to earn the ironically humorous moniker of
“Big Chief” was unfortunately missed, the “Big Chief” plan was received about as enthusiastically by
the Superintendent as Cardona was received by the high school principals during his short interim
chief term. The consensus amongst high school principals and school support officers was “Cardona
was simply tolerated, once Mr. Cardona knew he had no future in the High School Office, his leadership
and involvement with high school principals was limited”. Cardona’s brief stint as interim high school
chief may have also damaged his relationships with his middle school principals. While serving as
both the MS and HS chiefs, Cardona would meet with the high school and middle school principals
separately. Many middle school principals were turned off by Cardona’s public criticism of high school
principals at their middle school principal meetings. Cardona returned to the Middle School Office in
late April of 2014.
Chiefs Number Seven and Eight and the rest of the chaos that is Grier’s High School
Office in the next part of this post. Stay Tuned!!!
HISD employees will have more money taken out of pay checks for TRS
If your Sept. 10 paycheck is a bit smaller than you were expecting, it may be due to a
recent rate increase for contributions to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
The before-tax contribution rate increased from 6.4 percent to 6.7 percent on Sept. 1, 2014.
Additional increases will go into effect in the coming years — 7.2 percent on Sept. 1, 2015,
and 7.7 percent on Sept. 1, 2016. HISD is required by law to deduct these contributions
from eligible employees’ salaries
All TRS members must contribute a portion of their eligible compensation to fund benefits.
The contribution rate is set by the Texas Legislature, and membership in TRS is required
by law for all eligible employees. Participation in the retirement plan cannot be waived.
After Sept. 1, 2017, employee contribution rates conceivably could go down. If the state’s
contribution rate drops below 6.8 percent, the member contribution rate will be reduced
by an equivalent percentage.
Additional details can be found in the TRS Benefits Handbook<> and TRS legislative
HISD Payroll Department
BOBADILLA, GRAF TELL PARENT TO F OFF BUT WHEN MY FOX
HOUSTON GOT INVOLVED, THEY FOUND A SOLUTION
No, Bobadilla and Graf did not tell the parent of a 12-year-old forced
to walk through some urbanized blight to "fuck off" but by refusing
to listen and help the parent, they essentially did just that.
Then Fox news highlighted the 12-year-old's situation, and, just
like that, Graf and Bobadilla were singing a different tune.
Bellaire community meeting tonight 6:30 p.m.
BELLAIRE COMMUNITY IS EXPECTING TRUSTEE LUNCEFORD TO
REPRESENT THEM, NOT GRIER & BOBADILLA
Does Mike Lunceford have the moxie to stop Grier & Bobadilla's planned
displacement of Bellaire students and avoid a "Milby" situation at BHS?
DONETRUS HILL ACCUSED OF INCOMPETENCE;
STUDENTS AT YATES STILL NOT IN THE RIGHT
"Give it a rest" is what Grier &
his cronies are counting on...
The opposition to the current school board and
out-of-control, incompetent superintendent has
never spoken with a unified voice. At first Parent
Visionaries was very active in opposing Grier and
helped the Fonesca campaign against gay-hater
But the battles to unseat Rodriguez was not won. Members
of PV who could afford to send their kids to private schools
did exactly that.
HFT did not oppose Grier as it should have done when he was hired in
2009. Like other political groups, HFT does not like to be second-guessed.
Although this website is a strong supporter of workers' rights and believes
the union movement in the United States is responsible for what was once
a vibrant middle class, HFT plays a game of resistance.
So until the forces opposing the current lawless administration overcome
their egos and petty differences, these forces will not be successful.
Instead of criticizing the band parents at Yates for opposing a principal
who has on file a documented investigation for miscreant behavior,
support the Yates parents.
Parents seeking legal remedies to oust Yates principal:
From one Yates parent:
Donkey Hill at Yates is at it again.
1. Would not allow the 8 students that protested to perform for the
2.also has refused the 8 children to be allowed to perform this Friday night.
This man is tearing up the Yates family from the inside out. The parents are meetingWill Mr. Hill continue to hurt the Yates HS community or will the people speak up? When you hurt children
today with legal representation . A massive law suite is being prepped. No one will be
punished for exercising their constitutional right. HIS CANNOT SIT BY AND ALLOW
THIS MAN TO CONTINUE. HIS EGO IS OUT OF CONTROL.
****And from another Yates parent:
you must be prepared to make an exit. When students arrive on the first day of school, the hope should
be that learning starts on day one. Students at Jack Yates High School have been told during week 2 to
complete schedule change forms that must be submitted by the end of week 2. Well, what happened to
week 1? Week 1 was spent trying to figure out what to do for week 2, week 3 and week 4. Back to the
students and their mixed up schedules…it will be the 3rd week of school by the time schedules are “FIXED”.
This is unacceptable! Week 3 means there are only 3 weeks remaining in the 6 weeks. Why must our
children, mostly African Americans, be treated this way? So parents, when will we demand better? Will
we just accept that there is a lack of organization and leadership at Yates and allow our children to suffer
while Mr. Hill tries to figure it out? It is not fair! Do not accept this because it’s our children’s academic
future at stake. I would not let my child go 3 weeks in a 6 weeks grading period with an incorrect schedule.
Again, when you hurt children you must be prepared to make an exit and it should be swift. Schedules
incorrect. Students taking classes they already took and passed. Students without classes they need to
graduate. Students taking Spanish 2 when they never had Spanish I. A registration process that looks
like something from the 1960s. And, a principal that is clearly incompetent, arrogant, and speaks to his
Deans like they are incompetent. Well we know that most people will talk badly to others to make themselves
look and feel better. It is interesting that it was said by Mr. Hill himself that Dr. Grier spoke to him in a
demeaning manner on day one of the new school year but Mr. Hill does the same thing to those who
work at Yates. What system was in place to bring Mr. Hill onboard as the principal of a once thriving
school? You just don’t bring an unseasoned principal to a school like Yates because it’s a disaster
waiting to happen. After one year, parents, teachers, students, alumni, community and administrators
are starting to see the disaster unravel. What will it take? When will it end? When will people demand
the best for children who deserve the best? Third Ward, raise up and hold Paula Harris accountable or
make sure she is not reelected. Third Ward, raise up and demand that Mr. Hill change his ways that
clearly are not working. Third Ward, raise up and say that enough is enough and you will not be bought
and sold to the highest bidder! Third Ward, raise up before our children are just another statistic in this
political game called EDUCATION.