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HISD’s new chief brings ‘Listen and Learn Tour’ to area tonight for input

September 28, 2016

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Houston ISD’s new superintendent, Richard Carranza, is bringing his “Listen and Learn Tour” to the district that encompasses West University-area schools this evening (Wednesday, Sept. 28). District V Trustee Mike Lunceford will host a town hall-style gathering beginning at 6 p.m. at Bellaire High School, 5100 Maple St. It is the superintendent’s only meeting scheduled in […]

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Dark day for HISD: What Supreme Court ruling on financing means to West U schools

May 13, 2016

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By Charlotte Aguilar Houston ISD and other property-rich school districts throughout Texas received an unlucky Friday the 13th surprise: a 100-page ruling from the state Supreme Court upholding the “Robin Hood” system of school financing, requiring them to turn over millions of taxpayer dollars to help equalize funding for smaller districts with less of a […]

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HISD schools, offices will reopen Wednesday

April 19, 2016

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Houston ISD schools and administrative offices will go back to business-as-usual on Wednesday. After “closely monitoring the weather forecast,” HISD officials made the call Tuesday night. Widespread, severe flooding caused the district to shut down on Monday and Tuesday. State-mandated makeup days will be May 26-27. The only campus which suffered enough storm damage to […]

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ALERT: HISD cancels classes Tuesday; 2 makeup days set

April 19, 2016

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The Houston Independent School District has closed schools and offices again Tuesday because of lingering concerns about the weather and travel. Since many private schools base their decisions to hold classes upon HISD’s, families are urged to check on individual school’s status. The HISD announcement means its afterschool activities and district events, such as professional training, are […]

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ALERT: HISD closes all schools Monday due to weather

April 18, 2016

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The severe weather expected to roll through the Houston area all day Monday and into Tuesday has caused the Houston Independent School District to close all campuses and administrative offices Monday because of concerns over dangerous road conditions. All school events — including sports and extracurricular activities — have also been canceled. As of Monday […]

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HISD board names interim chief, changes search firms to find new leader

February 17, 2016

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With less than two weeks left until Superintendent Terry Grier retires, the Houston ISD board named an interim superintendent Wednesday and switched search firms to help locate its next leader. Ken Huewitt, HISD’s chief financial officer, will serve in the temporary role. He has been with the district since 2002, and has also served as […]

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HISD board says Lanier MS and two others must change their names, Carnegie Vanguard must end UIL sports

February 11, 2016


HISD's board wasn't nearly this congenial at its Thursday meeting, with split votes on renaming schools and eliminating sports from specialty schools. (Photo from HISD)

By Charlotte Aguilar Houston ISD trustees voted 5-4 along racial lines Thursday night to begin the process of changing the names of Sidney Lanier and Albert Sidney Johnston middle schools and 6-3 to rename Jefferson Davis High School because of their namesakes’ connections to the Confederacy. The three African-American and two Latino trustees supported the […]

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HISD trustee to meet with Lanier MS community on name change

January 21, 2016


The letter from Lanier MS Principal Felicia Adams announcing a community meeting on the proposal to change the school's name.

The promised community meeting to discuss whether the name of Lanier Middle School should be changed has been set for 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at the school, 2600 Woodhead St. The campus is one of eight in an HISD proposal to remove the names of schools whose namesakes have ties with the Confederacy and to […]

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Confederate connection could mean name change for Lanier MS

January 12, 2016


Sidney Lanier was anything but a 'Confederate leader,' say those opposed to changing the name of the 90-year-old school. (Graphic by Charlotte Aguilar)

By Charlotte Aguilar A reconstituted Houston ISD board of trustees will consider Thursday whether to approve the renaming of eight schools — including Sidney Lanier Middle School — whose namesakes had ties to the Confederacy. Also identified in the resolution brought forward by Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones, are Grady, Dowling, Jackson and Johnston middle schools, […]

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School Starts with Sale

August 23, 2015

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The West University Elementary School PTO will hold its annual Back to School Breakfast and Red Apple Sale at 7:55 a.m. Monday — the first day of school. Parents are invited to the sale, which is the one-stop shop for PTO membership, additional directories, birthday book club, celebration yard signs, boo bash carnival tickets, auction […]

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