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A New School Year Begins with New Superintendent, Auditor Lawsuit and Campus Carry

Posted on · A new school year begins Aug. 22, 2016, for many school districts in Greater Houston, including HISD. To discuss some of the major issues facing Houston schools heading into the new year, we talk with Laura Isensee, News 88.7’s education reporter. We discuss new leadership at HISD, with Richard Carranza likely becoming the new superintendent. […]

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Lone HISD Superintendent Finalist Shares His Thoughts on the Job and on Houston

Posted on · Late last month (July 27, 2016), HISD board trustees voted unanimously to name Richard Carranza as the lone finalist for superintendent. Carranza currently leads the San Francisco Unified School District in California. The vote comes ten months after longtime Superintendent Terry Grier announced his plans to retire this past winter. Under Texas law, the board […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Planned Parenthood Indictments Dismissed: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of The News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel debates: Texas […]

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The State of Houston’s Education in 2016

Posted on · Today, we continue our 2nd annual "State of Houston" series – exploring the state of Greater Houston's economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what's happening here in education, with News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee.

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Grier’s Only Regret as Superintendent: Not Pushing Harder for Change

Posted on · Monday (Feb. 29, 2016), Terry Grier completed his final day as superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. With nearly seven years at the helm of the nation's seventh-largest school district, Grier's tenure has drawn mixed reviews. He announced last September that he would resign before his contract his is up in June. Deputy Superintendent […]

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HISD Fires Superintendent Search Firm, and Unpaid Student Loans: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From HISD naming Ken Huewitt interim superintendent and firing the search firm they'd just hired in December to find a replacement for outgoing Superintendent Terry Grier…to the University of Texas deciding to ban concealed handguns in dormitories but allowing them in classrooms…to a story blown out of proportion about a Houston man being arrested for […]