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Archive for January 11th, 2010

The Chron has a front page story today on the race for the Eighteenth Congressional District of Texas.  You gotta like the headline:  “Analysis: Echoes of 1994 haunting Jackson Lee. She dismisses challengers, but some analysts say climate could be ripe for an upset.” Check it out.  Here’s a quote from the incumbent:  “I will stand on my record in such a way that I will be immovable.  We’re the Red Cross. When you call, I will answer.”  Huh!

Stay tuned!

HIISD’s new superintendent isn’t wasting anytime taking on tough issues.  He’s ordered a review of the controversial alternative school program – CEP.  Now he’s looking into dealing with teachers that are not up to par.  It’s the lead story in today’s Chron.  Check it out.  Here is what the superintendent says in the piece:  “I cannot imagine a parent in Houston or anywhere else that would want their child in a teacher’s classroom who had a long history of not being able to help a student learn at a significant level.”

Here is what HISD Trustee Paula Harris had to say:  “I’ve talked to principals and teachers about this and the feedback I get is, everybody knows there are some teachers that need to be professionally developed or out of the profession.”

You have to hand it to the superintendent for taking on the tough issues. 

New HISD Trustee Anna Eastman will certainly have a say on this when she gets sworn in this Thursday so stay tuned!

As a Dem, I hate it when Dem leaders on Capitol Hill have to waste their time defending dumbarse remarks like those made by Harry Reid. 

Since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941, which player has gone the longest maintaining a .400 batting average – John Olerud, George Brett. Tony Gwynn, Rod Carew, or Tony Oliva? 

We have us a new “interest group” that is now in the business of endorsing candidates.  Joining the ranks of labor, teachers, realtors, police officers, firefighters, Dem organizations, GLBTers, the Chron, Annie’s List, and others is the newest of interest groups – the Coalition of Harris County Democratic Elected Officials.   That is pretty cool – elected officials are now an interest group.  You never know in politics.

Brett, of course, in 1980 when he lasted until September 4.  He ended the season batting .390.

It looks like the ‘Stros are signing right-hander Brett Myers who is just 29 years old.  He’s played for the Phillies since 2002 and is 73-63 with a 4.40 career ERA.  Commentary likes this move because it will give us a good arm in our starting rotation.

 

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