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Looking at HISD

Who had a longer MLB career, ‘Stros TV announcer Geoff Blum or ‘Stros radio announcer Steve Sparks?

The Chron’s Pulitzer prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg wants HISD residents to start paying attention to coming proposed changes on how our schools are run. She had a column this past Sunday and another today. Here are a few lines from today’s column:

Superintendent Richard Carranza has not released details of his plan to remake Houston schools, but just the suggestion that we should revert to an old system that failed Houston before is troubling.

And this:

I’m not ready to oppose Carranza’s plan. I haven’t seen the specifics. He and his staff still have time to craft a system, or tweak the current one, in a way that addresses Houston’s unique challenges – of which there are many.

But it’s hard to improve on something if you don’t really understand it. Before the superintendent presents his new model, I’d encourage him and his staff to study the current one.

Here is the entire column: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/Houston-ISD-administrators-should-do-their-12538289.php.

I hope folks are paying attention. I don’t know the superintendent, but I do know some of the HISD trustees. Let’s hope we have a healthy debate on the direction we want to go.

I am thinking Lisa is going to have a whole lot to say on this before it is all done. I am good with that.

Remember when I said this a couple of weeks ago or so?

I know why Gov. Greg Abbott has endorsed State Rep. Sarah Davis’ GOP opponent. What’s up with Abbott endorsing State Rep. Wayne Faircloth’s GOP opponent? Party purity, baby!

This is from today’s Chron:

AUSTIN — Two TV ads paid for by the governor. A $50,000 check from the House speaker. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from across the state and block walkers sent from a Dallas-area lawmaker.

That’s just a sampling of the money, attention and political influence trying to steer an election in a slice of southwest Harris County that has morphed into a battleground for the direction of the Republican party.

“It feels something like a purity purge,” said Rep. Sarah Davis, a Republican from West University Place trying to win reelection to her district which also includes Bellaire, Southside Place, the Texas Medical Center and stretches north past Memorial Park.

She is defending her seat against Susanna Dokupil, CEO of Paladin Strategies who worked under Gov. Greg Abbott when he was attorney general.

And this:

Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, has also sent his paid campaign staff down into the district to push in favor of Dokupil. He called Davis a “chief captain to defeat Gov. Abbott’s agenda.”

“Republican voters need to know this. Ousting Sarah Davis will be a big win for Republicans and a big loss for Democrats.”

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Abbott-goes-negative-in-second-ad-against-Sarah-12536425.php.

Purity, baby!

That Strickland fella doesn’t know what he is talking about.

Commentary lives 20 blocks or so from HD 134. I wonder how the race is going? I can’t tell from here.

A few days ago, the MLB Network put out the 25 greatest teams since the expansion era – since 1961, and the 2017 ‘Stros are not one of the 25. They put in at #20 the 2001 Mariners who won 116 regular season games but lost in 5 to the Yankees in the ALCS. Read the story here if you want: https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-networks-top-25-teams-of-expansion-era/c-265467868.

Blummer of course played 14 years in the bigs, Sparky 9.

MLB.com has a piece today on the best double play combos and Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa are at the top. Check it out here: https://www.mlb.com/news/manny-machado-jonathan-schoop-a-top-5-dp-duo/c-265592760.

That is all I have.

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