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The Year In Houston Education — 2016

Posted on · This week, we’re recapping this past year’s biggest news stories with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, energy, politics, arts and culture and sports. Today, we explore the year in education for Greater Houston. The Houston Independent School District saw some changes in administration this year. Terry Grier’s last day as HISD superintendent was in […]

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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 and […]

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Grier Exit Interview and “Oops” Moments in Politics: Tuesday’s Show (March 1, 2016)

Posted on · On Monday (Feb. 29, 2016), Terry Grier completed his final day as superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. He announced last September that he would resign before his contract his is up in June. Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Ken Huewitt has been named the district’s interim superintendent. After nearly seven years at the […]

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Battles Over School Funding, Campus Carry and Grier Stepping down: The Year in Houston Education for 2015

Posted on · From legislative and judicial battles over school funding in Texas, to debate on area college campuses over how to implement the state’s new campus carry law, to oral arguments (again) before the Supreme Court over the use of affirmative action in college admissions, there were a lot of big developments in education here in Houston […]

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What Challenges Will HISD’s Next Superintendent Face?

Posted on · Scott Van Beck spent 25 years working inside the Houston Independent School District. Now he’s Executive Director of the non-profit Houston A+ Challenge, which partners with HISD and Houston Community College on schools and projects like the Houston Academy for International Studies, a charter school operating within HISD. This work gives Van Beck a somewhat […]

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Parking and HISD After Grier: Tuesday’s Show (October 13, 2015)

Posted on · In a sprawling metropolis like ours, where so many of us drive everywhere we go, getting there is half the battle. The other half is finding a place to park. And when you can’t find the space you want, it’s tempting to park where you’re not supposed to. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]