December 10, 2013 4:20 pm
Houston Parents, Teachers Rally Against High Stakes Testing
There has been a pushback against standardized tests in Texas public schools. While the Texas Legislature cut back on the number of tests in high school this year, some parents and teachers here in Houston think standardized tests still carry too much weight.
December 10, 2013 6:27 am
Feds Investigate School District For Alleged Discrimination Of Ticketing African American Students
Increasingly, police are getting involved in school discipline, writing tickets that can land students in court. In Texas, that practice has led to a pushback from parents, and in one school district near Houston, attention from the federal government.
December 9, 2013 5:50 am
Students Lend Their Voice To Change At North Forest
Earlier this year the Texas Education Commissioner took the dramatic and rare step to close down an entire school district here in the Houston area. It was driven by years of poor academics and financial problems. So this year North Forest schools and students became part of the Houston Independent School District.
December 6, 2013 5:30 am
Education Conference To Focus On Reform, Collaboration
This weekend hundreds of teachers, parents and school administrators are meeting at an education summit. It's hosted by two major education groups here in Houston.
December 3, 2013 11:43 am
Harmony Charter Schools Expand Outside Texas
More than a decade ago Turkish born immigrants founded a science and math themed charter school here in Houston. It's become the largest charter school network in Texas. And now it's growing even more.
December 3, 2013 5:30 am
US Students Lag Peers In Other Countries In Math
Every three years high school students around the world take the same standardized test. It’s known as the PISA. Today the latest results are being released.
November 29, 2013 3:25 pm
United Way Reading Rally Challenges Students To Read 20 Books By March
Students may be out of school for this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. But educators say that shouldn't stop them from practicing their reading skills.
November 27, 2013 10:36 am
Parents Question Investigation Into Cheating At Jefferson Elementary
Earlier this month the Houston Independent School District announced it was looking into possible cheating at two elementary schools. Last night parents from one of those schools, Jefferson Elementary, gathered at a town hall meeting. They came with questions and concerns.
November 27, 2013 6:30 am
How One High School Counselor Advises Undocumented Students For College
For high school seniors, the season for college applications is getting into full swing. At one high school here in Southwest Houston, counselors are making sure students apply — including some students with special circumstances.
November 26, 2013 11:53 pm
Attorney: Accused Sharpstown Principal Did Report Alleged Abuse
Last week, the principal from Sharpstown High School was arrested and accused of not reporting alleged abuse involving a teacher and a student. The principal’s attorney says the opposite happened.
November 25, 2013 5:44 am
Experts Say Test Scores Raise Red Flag In HISD Cheating Investigation
The Houston Independent School District recently announced that outside investigators are examining possible cheating on high stakes tests at two elementary schools. The investigation is ongoing. But experts say recent test scores indicate some red flags.
November 20, 2013 4:47 pm
Texas Board of Education Revisits Debate Over Algebra II
As we've reported earlier this week, the State Board of Education is weighing what courses will count toward high school graduation. Today they heard different opinions when it comes to high school math.
November 19, 2013 5:53 pm
Judge Dismisses Claims Against HISD, Trustee Marshall In Bribery Lawsuit
A long-term lawsuit alleging bribery and a kickback scheme has come to a close for the Houston Independent School District and a longtime trustee.
November 19, 2013 4:30 pm
Where Do Mexican American Classes Fit In With Texas' New High School Graduation Plan?
As we reported earlier, the State Board of Education is trying to figure out the details for the new high school graduation requirements. One group here in Houston says more cultural classes need to be added to the list of options.
November 18, 2013 5:11 pm
Texas Board Of Education Grapples With 'Advanced' Courses For High School
Earlier this year, Texas lawmakers changed what classes students need in order to graduate from high school. Now the state Board of Education is trying to figure out the details — which will impact on students and schools here in Houston.
November 15, 2013 5:21 pm
Twenty HISD Teachers Reassigned Amid Investigation Into Test Cheating
The Houston school district has removed 20 teachers from their classrooms as part of a probe into cheating on standardized tests.
November 15, 2013 10:29 am
St Thomas Wins Bid For HISD Property With $60 Million Offer
At its meeting last night, the board for the Houston Independent School District picked a winner in the bidding war for a prime piece of school real estate.
November 12, 2013 6:29 am
KUHF Conversations: Who In Houston Values Education Beyond High School The Most
Today Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research released a major survey about education here in Houston. The survey asked Harris County residents questions like how much they value education and if they’re willing to pay more in tax dollars for certain education programs. Rice Professor Stephen Klineberg talks with KUHF Education Reporter Laura Isensee about how people answered and some striking results.
November 7, 2013 3:41 pm
How Texas Students Scored on the Nation's Report Card
This week in education, the 2013 Nation's Report Card came out. It's the main way educators and experts can compare how students in different states are doing.
November 6, 2013 3:47 pm
Voters Pick Incumbents, Familiar Face For Houston School Board
This election season saw three races for the board of trustees for the Houston Independent School District. It's the largest school district in Texas and has a $1.6 billion budget. Voters picked two incumbents and a familiar face to lead the district on the board.
November 5, 2013 3:56 pm
In Houston School Board Race, Incumbent Faces Challenge From Former Teacher
Election Day has arrived and there are many issues and candidates on the ballot. That includes several races for the board of trustees for the Houston Independent School District.
November 4, 2013 5:30 am
Children's Theater Aims To Prevent Bullying With Show
In schools across the country, one in every three students reports being bullied on a weekly basis. To try and prevent bullying, one group here in Houston is taking an interesting approach to this social problem.
October 31, 2013 1:57 pm
HISD To Consider Final Offers For Prime Property On Market
Demand is booming for real estate property inside the Loop. That demand has sparked a bidding war for a certain prime piece of real estate that’s owned by the Houston Independent School District.
October 30, 2013 3:59 pm
Houston District, Teachers Union See Teacher Retention Differently
The Houston Independent School District released new numbers today to show its best teachers are staying in the classroom. But the Houston teachers union says the statistics are flawed.
October 30, 2013 6:30 am
Ivy League 101: Helping More High Achieving, Low-Income Students Apply To Best Colleges
In the United States, we think of our country as a meritocracy. If you work hard, you'll get ahead. But that's not always true for some students. Recent research shows that as many as 35,000 high-achieving, low-income students don't apply to top colleges even though they have the grades to get in.
October 24, 2013 3:19 pm
Report: Texas Ranks High In Student Private Loans, But Low In Complaints
The current debt on private student loans in the United States is estimated at $165 billion. Here in Texas student borrowers carry an average of $22,000 in debt. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is collecting complaints on those private student loans.
October 22, 2013 3:26 pm
Performance-Based Funding Gets OK From Some University Presidents — With Caveats
University presidents from the Greater Houston region recently discussed issues they all face. One is if they should receive funding based on how well they educate students.
October 15, 2013 6:27 am
The Business of Student Financial Aid: Students Complain They Lose Money To Fees
Many students around the country use loans and other financial aid to help pay for college. Increasingly, colleges are not sending the money directly to students. Instead, they're outsourcing that job to companies that transfer the funds to students.
October 9, 2013 4:36 pm
Houston School Board To Consider 4-Cent Tax Hike
At its meeting tomorrow the board for the Houston Independent School District will consider a property tax increase. So far not all trustees say they support it.
October 8, 2013 6:30 am
KUHF Conversations: What Houston Can Learn from Schools In Finland
In recent years, schools in Finland have dominated international test rankings. They're considered so good that Finland has become a model for other countries when it comes to education. Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg recently visited Texas as part of the Houston A+ Challenge speaker series. He talked with KUHF Education Reporter Laura Isensee about what Houston can learn from education in his country.