Stories By Jacob Carpenter

  • Early Texas test scores show big declines in high school math The first trove of state standardized exam results confirmed what many educators feared about math performance and mirrored national trends.
  • It’s official: Millard House II will become HISD’s superintendent The pro forma vote follows the naming of House as HISD’s lone superintendent finalist on May 21. Texas law mandates that school boards must wait at least 21 days before formally approving their selection.
  • Worn-out students, staff say goodbye to 2020-21 school year The longest school year in recent history came to a close Friday, with the Houston area’s final public school districts still in session bidding farewell to students for the summer.
  • HISD board approves bigger-than-expected teacher pay raise Teachers in the state’s largest school district will see salary hikes averaging roughly $3,500 in the next school year after Houston ISD backed the pay bumps.
  • Student shot in hand at North Forest High School A student was shot in the hand at North Forest High School on Wednesday morning, police said, though there is no active shooter situation. 
  • Why HISD’s low teacher pay isn’t getting better Houston ISD teachers would get, on average, a 1 percent raise next year under the district’s proposed budget. Teachers in many other districts would get a 2 percent to 4 percent bump.
  • Can Millard House conquer HISD? Former colleagues and acquaintances across the south said HISD’s lone superintendent finalist brings a calming presence to a district desperately looking for stability.
  • IDEA Public Schools fires CEO, COO after financial audit The terminations at Texas’ largest charter school network followed a forensic review that found evidence of misuse of funds and staff by top district officials.
  • IDEA Public Schools fires CEO, COO after financial audit The terminations at Texas’ largest charter school network followed a forensic review that found evidence of misuse of funds and staff by top district officials.
  • Texas House backs schools bill lowering test stakes The House advanced the proposed legislation by a voice vote Tuesday night, though major differences remain with a Senate version of the education bill.
  • HISD trustees name Tennessee educator as superintendent Millard House II will arrive in Houston after spending four years as superintendent of Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Tennessee.
  • As HISD closes in on superintendent, lawmakers debate... After three tumultuous years of operating with an interim superintendent, Houston ISD trustees are set to vote Friday on finally naming a long-term leader for the state’s largest school district.
  • Vaccines during the school day? It’s happening in Spring Branch. District officials said about 450 students ages 12 and up had signed up for a jab as of Monday, with potentially thousands more expected to be vaccinated in the coming weeks.
  • HISD set to name superintendent finalist Friday Trustees are expected to complete their candidate interviews and agree on a finalist Thursday, then take a formal vote and publicly introduce their selection Friday.
  • What Abbott's mask mandate ban means for Houston schools Most Houston-area school districts will be done with the 2020-21 school year by June 5, though Houston ISD’s year does not end until June 11.
  • 50 Cent wants to teach HISD students how to make big bucks The world-famous rapper, actor and entrepreneur, who announced his move to the Bayou City earlier this month, announced a $300,000 donation to launch business programs at three Houston ISD campuses.
  • Houston districts ramping up work on teacher incentive pay A hotly debated state initiative to spread pay-for-performance models across Texas is taking root, with Aldine and Conroe ISDs among those leading the way in Greater Houston.
  • Houston’s newest COVID vaccine hotspots: restaurants and clubs In its latest attempt to vaccinate the masses, the Houston Health Department plans to offer COVID shots at busy areas across the city in the coming weeks, hoping to catch idle bodies at a moment when time isn’t of the essence.
  • HISD plans to survey families, public on spending $800M Houston ISD officials plan to solicit feedback from parents, students and other community members in the coming weeks as they finalize plans for doling out the huge influx of cash.
  • HISD’s latest special ed critic: its own auditors An internal audit review concluded that Houston ISD “did not develop and manage” its special education training programs to meet students’ needs, putting the district at risk of legal repercussions.