Parents, let's choose virtual to save lives

HISD does not have a phase-in plan for safely reopening face-to-face on October 19th. On Tuesday, parents found out that they had just one week to decide whether their children would return to school face to face or continue virtually. Read more

Zoom and Tell Sat and HISD Board Meeting

HISD Board meeting Thur 9/10. Sign up to speak by 9:30 am Thur and Zoom and Tell CVPE meeting on Sat at 11 am Read more

If you thought HISD was opening virtually, you were wrong

HISD has been a leader in the nation by delaying the first day of school and starting virtually to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But on Thursday, close to 18,000 parents found out that HISD did not have enough devices for their kids and were told —by email— that their children would be required to attend school face-to-face at a digital learning center (DLC).    Read more

Charter applicant plans to teach Brer rabbit and slave dialect to children

On Friday, Sept. 11, the State Board of Education (SBOE) will vote on eight new charter school applications (18 school campuses) approved by Commissioner Mike Morath last month. Read more

Will Public Schools Survive COVID?

Will Public Schools Survive Covid-19? Long-term divestment has put America’s public schools in a dangerous situation, pitting necessary education against the safety of students, staff, and parents. By Belle Chesler Read more

Texas has chosen to abandon our public schools

Texas has chosen to abandon our local public schools, locally elected school boards, superintendents and our 5.4 million schoolchildren in favor of a “my way or the highway” single system directive by Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath. That’s why I’m standing up to say, “Whoa! Hold your horses, please, Mr. Commissioner.” Read more

Find a closet and teach in there

Last week, Cy-Fair ISD’s advice to teachers with health conditions was to "bring in a air purifier from your home or find a closet in the school and work there."  Read more

As the Coronavirus Comes to School, a Tough Choice: When to Close

More than 200 employees have been barred from work in Georgia’s largest school district. A high school in Indiana had to shift to online learning after just two days. And students in Mississippi were forced to quarantine after classmates tested positive for the coronavirus during the first week of classes. NY Times Aug 3, 2020 Read more

Opinion: We spoke to 28 education experts. Plans for reopening Houston-area schools are impossible.

We experience cognitive dissonance when we hold contradictory ideas. Experiencing these inconsistencies tends to be stressful and disorienting. In order to regain a sense of balance, we often engage in self-deception and ignore the reality of a situation. Read more

Students Should Never Be Pepper-Sprayed at School

Our students deserve more social workers, nurses, mental health professionals, and librarians and fewer police.  It is time to divest from school policing and to invest in our students and communities. Read more

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