Tag Archives: Houston ISD

Reblogged: HISD won’t tolerate a hostile takeover of brown and black schools

Other than the situation in Los Angeles USD. I believe that Houston is currently our most pressing urban district situation. The Republicans in Texas Legislature would like to take over the democratically-elected majority minority school board and turn Houston ISD into a charter district. I have a special place in my heart for Houston ISD as my career began there

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Gangsters’ Moves By TEA in Houston

So Mike Morath, Texas Education Agency (TEA) commissioner, failed at his Home Rule attempt in Dallas (See Panning a Charter Takeover of all public schools). So via legislative mandate in SB 1882, Texas has now empowered TEA to use gangster moves to force schools into private management. For Whom the Bell Tolls: 6,689 @HoustonISD students, 59% Black, 40% Latinx, <1% white,

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From the Mailbag: Who is Carranza?

A few days ago I started getting messages from the media and community folks in Texas requesting background on Richard Carranza, current (former?) Superintendent of Schools of San Francisco Unified. He recently posted this message on his Facebook page. My dear family and friends – Today I was honored to be named the lone finalist for the Houston Independent School District

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Is choice a panacea? An analysis of black secondary student attrition from KIPP, other private charters and urban districts

Vasquez Heilig, J., Williams, A., McNeil, L & Lee, C. (2011). Is choice a panacea? An analysis of black secondary student attrition from KIPP, other private charters and urban districts. Berkeley Review of Education, 2(2), 153-178. Public concern about pervasive inequalities in traditional public schools, combined with growing political, parental, and corporate support, has created the expectation that charter schools are the solution

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As good as advertised?: Tracking urban student progress through high school in an environment of accountability

Vasquez Heilig, J. (2011). As good as advertised?: Tracking urban student progress through high school in an environment of accountability. American Secondary Education, 39(3), 17-41. No Child Left Behind’s mandated high-stakes testing and accountability policies have pervaded districts and schools nationwide. To examine student progress and graduation in the midst of first generation Texas-style accountability, this study tracked individuals in a longitudinal dataset of

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