Archive for October 18th, 2010

The Judith Cruz campaign scored a big one this morning.  Judith was endorsed by the Chronicle.  They can take our signs but they can’t take this one.  Here it is.

HISD board: For District VIII trustee, the Chronicle endorses Judith Cruz (Oct. 17, 2010, 8:07PM)

How hot a topic is education these days? Hot enough, we’re glad to report, that the opening on the Houston Independent School District’s board has attracted a terrific slate of candidates. Of that strong group, we believe that Judith Cruz is the most likely to improve our kids’ education.

Cruz firmly supports the “Waiting for Superman” brand of school reform: She believes that urban schools can do a much better job of educating our kids than they do now; that every student, regardless of race or family income, should be held to high standards; and that it’s critical to have an effective teacher in every classroom.

We’re particularly impressed by her real-world experience. The daughter of an immigrant, she grew up bilingual — a significant plus for the heavily Hispanic District VIII.

After earning degrees at UT-Austin and George Washington University, she joined Teach for America. Certified in both Special Education and English as a Second Language, she’s worked with some of the hardest-to-reach students that inner-city Washington, D.C., and Houston have to offer.

"I have taught gang members, teen moms and dads, students living in poverty, students who worked full-time, students who were abused, students who experienced discrimination, and students who either lacked previous schooling or whose schooling was interrupted," Cruz writes on her Web site.

She knows from experience how much difference a school and a teacher can make in those kids’ lives.

Though she’s reform-minded, her vote would not be a rubber stamp for HISD Superintendent Terry Grier.

She supports some of his initiatives (the "twilight" program for high-school students unable to attend during regular school hours; the credit-recovery computer labs), but has questions about others (the expense of the Apollo 20 program). "He needs to have more dialogue with the communities," she says.

She says that, in part, as an HISD parent: The oldest of her three sons is a kindergartner at Lantrip Elementary School. Lantrip, Cruz says, is terrific, and so are other high-achieving District VIII schools such as Eastwood Academy and East Early College High School. What she wants, she says, is for every HISD school to be that good.

Not bad at all.

The “Odd Couple” is trying to make a comeback of sorts.  CM Jolanda Jones and Paul Bettencourt were on TV yesterday sitting side by side and cracking on Prop 1.  I don’t know about that.

When was the last time the Yankees and Giants met in the World Serious?

Bettencourt said on TV yesterday he was representing HISD.  I don’t k know about that either.  Does he even live in HISD?

It is good to see that the Former H-Town Mayor still drops in on Commentary.  He also called out Guv Dude for not calling The President The President in his ads.

Commentary dropped by the Dem Early Vote Rally last night and it was good to see the H-Town Mayor introduce the Former H-Town Mayor.

My pal Robert Miller sent out his election picks today and they are all red if you know what I mean.  He says Dude and the rest of the statewide GOPers will win. Dems will lose Texas House seats.  Dems will lose the U.S. House.  He didn’t pick in the ALCS or NLCS.

In 1962 of course, the Yankees beat the Giants in seven games.

I wonder where Robert Miller will pick the ‘Stros to finish next year in the NL Central Division? 


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