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HISD’s longest-failing school fell short again. Will 2018-19 be different for Kashmere?  Houston Chronicle

Kashmere High School failed to meet state academic standards for the ninth straight year. Houston ISD officials pledge improvement.

EduClips: From Merit Pay in Dallas to Cracking Down on Early School 'Lunch' in NYC, School News You Missed This Week From America's 15 Biggest Districts  The 74

EduClips is a roundup of the week's top education headlines from America's 15 largest school districts, where more than 4 million students across eight states ...

HISD takeover threat: Why is it happening and how would it work?

An HISD board member fired back at Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday after he said HISD's school board should be taken over and reformed.

State names overseer of struggling Kashmere High School

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced Friday that he is sending a conservator to the Houston school district to oversee Kashmere High ...

Kashmere High School holds ribbon-cutting ceremony after $19M renovation complete  KPRC Click2Houston

It was a big celebration at Kashmere High School as students, staff, parents and elected school officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Tensions erupt before vote on future of failing HISD schools  KTRK-TV

In a 6-3 vote, the board of trustees decided Thursday to perform a closed search for Houston ISD's next superintendent.

Despite Abbott tweet, TEA has passed on option to replace HISD board since 2017  Houston Chronicle

Gov. Greg Abbott suggested last week that Houston ISD's school board should be taken over. His leadership team has had the authority to do that for 15 months.

Houston ISD: 'Laser-focused' on turning around failing schools  KHOU

A list of 10 schools facing possible takeover was released just Tuesday morning. There are 27 schools that need improvement, 10 of those in the worst way.

Kept waiting, Kashmere Gardens is helping itself after Harvey  Houston Chronicle

"The City Houston is open for business," Mayor Sylvester Turner announced eight days after Hurricane Harvey began its roughshod path through the city.

Harris, first African-American woman to serve as Major General, to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Marcelite Jordan Harris — a Houston woman who became the first African-American woman to serve as a major general in the U.S. military — will be buried in ...

Houston ISD Looking Flashy For Houston Art Car Parade  Bellaire, TX Patch

HISD Looking Flashy For Houston Art Parade - Bellaire, TX - The school district has about one-tenth of the 250 total entries for the 31st annual parade slated for ...

Judge clears ex-HISD principal of cheating  Houston Chronicle

After a 2009 Houston Independent School District investigation, Mable Caleb, the former principal of Key Middle School and Kashmere High School, was ...

Houston ISD faces state takeover if long-failing campuses don't improve  Houston Chronicle

Texas education officials are warning that Houston ISD could be placed under the jurisdiction of state-appointed managers as early as next year if 13 district ...

HISD teaching assistant struck, killed by train

Bystanders say the victim was trying to beat the train across Lockwood near Bennington when it hit her.

'Thunder Soul' Documentary Features the Kashmere Stage Band  New York Times

A stage band formed at a Houston high school in the late 1960s is the subject of a new documentary film, “Thunder Soul.”

Dozens of Texas Districts Must Improve Failing Schools – Or Outside Managers Could Take Over  Houston Public Media

News 88.7 analyzed state data and found more than forty districts that could see an outside board of managers as early as next year, if they don't improve their ...

Houston school district reports spike in bullying incidents  Houston Chronicle

The Houston school district saw a marked increase in student bullying incidents last year, according to district officials. A report presented to the school board ...

Marcelite Jordan Harris: First Black Female Major General in US Military Dies at Age 75

*Nationwide — We're just now hearing that Major General Marcelite Jordan Harris passed on September 7, 2018 at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL, ...

Houston Chronicle captures the year's most memorable moments  Houston Chronicle

It was a year of highs and lows, of spectacle and disaster, of despair followed by triumph. It was the year the rains fell and floodwaters rose, the year the nation's ...

Notable Houston deaths of 2018: A presidential couple, astronauts, a death row exoneree and the man who brought the NFL back  Houston Chronicle

The Houston area bid farewell to a number of noteworthy residents in 2018, including a president and his wife, the man who brought the NFL back to the Bayou ...

Education: Stars of Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots" Support Kashmere High School Fundraiser  Black Star News

[Community Announcement]. Fighting To Keep A School Going. The cast members of Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots" are set to join in the annual ...

What can Houstonians expect in 2018?  Houston Chronicle

If 2017 proved anything, it was the futility of prediction. A year ago, few would have guessed that flood-prone Houston would endure the biggest rain event in ...

HISD chief Grier, aggressive change agent, may be in his last year  Houston Chronicle

Kashmere has made limited strides as one of the schools in Superintendent Terry Grier's signature reform effort, called Apollo. Students passed their first AP ...

List of worst Texas schools grows

The list of the most troubled schools in Texas grew this year, giving more parents the chance to transfer their children to higher-performing campuses. More than ...

Heartbreaking to Uplifting: Ten Best Houston Documentaries  Houston Press

Houston has provided the material for several documentaries, some uplifting like Thunder Soul and others heartbreaking like The Cantina Girl.

Lawsuit alleges Houston police condone lethal force by officers  Houston Chronicle

The call for *service* went out two minutes before midnight - "a suspicious person" in the 3400 block of Francis Street who appeared to have "mental issues.".

Deadliest railroad crossings around Houston  KPRC Click2Houston

Texas leads the nation in railroad-track miles at 10386 miles. Those tracks are the source of heartbreak for many Texas families.

Teen son accused of killing ex-A&M football star and wife

It's hard to get people to talk individually about Antonio and Dawn Armstrong. It's not "he" or "she" but "they" – almost instinctively.

3 dead in 7-car chain-reaction crash on Beltway 8  Houston Chronicle

A multi-car crash claimed the lives of a man and two children late Friday during a traffic slow-down in a Beltway construction zone. All of the cars were headed ...

Accused of killing his parents, teen will now stand trial as an adult  Houston Chronicle

A.J. Armstrong has maintained his innocence from thevery beginning. The 17-year-old, who is accused of killing his parents, Dawn and Antonio Armstrong, has ...

Man and two children killed in crash that involved seven vehicles in NE Houston  KTRK-TV

A man and two young children were killed Friday night after a truck crashed into their car.

Married VA guardians accused of stealing from disabled vets  Houston Chronicle

When Shirley German couldn't get her son's guardian — an attorney handpicked by the Department of Veterans Affairs — to fork over $250 for Thanksgiving ...

Doris Ruth Bowens Ballard | Obituaries  The Killeen Daily Herald

Funeral services for Doris Ruth Bowens Ballard, 67, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Belton Church of Christ in Belton. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at the.

'Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music': Houston's Mexican Mass  Texas Public Radio

It's a musical tradition found in Mexican-American enclaves mostly in southwestern U.S. cities. The mariachi Mass brings an ensemble of garishl.

Five Houston Music Landmarks That Make Good Tourist Spots  Houston Press

Let's face it: for all its many virtues, Houston can be a lousy tourist town. The Ship Channel and the Med Center don't quite scream “fun family vacation,” and the ...

Most fascinating Houstonians of 2016  Houston Chronicle

It's been quite a year, and we're not even talking about the presidential election. Plenty of Houstonians, including a few athletes, have made headlines in 2016.

Property owners prey on Houston's poor with risky rentals  Houston Chronicle

Just weeks before 19-year-old Jamesha Floyd was pulled from her burning home, her aunt and uncle complained to their landlord about faulty electrical wiring ...

Some black history facts | Local News  Victoria Advocate

Victoria has been home to substantial history in the black community from nationally known leaders visiting to local residents making their mark in history.

Trailblazing black architect Simon Wiltz dies  Houston Chronicle

Simon's most significant contribution was the fact that not only did he have an impact on the practice of architecture, but he shared his knowledge with so many ...

Clifton Donato and The La La Kings “Now that's a man that plays Zydeco.”  Liberty Vindicator

Now that's a man that plays Zydeco, that's a Zydeco man.” “Which is one, but only one of many ways of saying, Now that's a Frenchman.”

Great Texas Music Documentaries You Should See  Houston Press

As a campaign to fund the music rights for the new Doug Sahm documentary reaches its final hours, a look at almost 25 more films that should be required ...

The Houston secrets of Puncture: How Captain America came to star, why Bono jumped in & local locales  CultureMap Houston

Houston attorney Paul Danziger had a true story to tell. An urgent, life and death true story. He wanted to honor the vigilant efforts of his friend and form.

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