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Opening Day 2018

Did Hall of Fame great Nolan Ryan have more Opening Day starts as a ‘Stro or as a Ranger?

The Chron E-Board has a very interesting take today on how HISD is being run.   The headline wants us to “prepare for a worst-case scenario.” It looks like they don’t have a lot of confidence in the HISD Board of Education. Here is how their take starts:

Say a year from now, a visitor to Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, the headquarters for the state’s largest school district, comes face to face with a wall decorated with nine empty frames labeled “Houston Independent School District Trustees.” What should she think?

It will be a sad day for democracy if our elected school governance system is replaced by an appointed one, but it may be inevitable, especially given former HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza’s abrupt departure this month.

The fact of the matter is that the HISD board is facing a potential state takeover.

A 2015 state law gives the Texas Education Agency the right to decide that it can run a school district better than an elected board of trustees and to appoint a board of managers. The law is triggered if certain non-performing schools don’t improve for five years or if a district administration fails to make other satisfactory arrangements.

Although TEA is not likely to take this drastic step in the next few months, the HISD board’s long-term future remains in doubt, and it’s not too early for Houstonians to start thoughtfully weighing the merits of a state takeover.

All Houstonians should agree that the status quo in HISD is unacceptable. Too many schools for too many years have failed to meet performance thresholds.

While there are some excellent trustees, the public has lost confidence in the ability of the board to govern without micromanaging. The district’s relationship with dedicated school reformers in the business community has plummeted.

Here is the entire take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/State-takeover-of-board-of-trustees-of-HISD-is-12789147.php.

It is certainly not a coincidence that there is also a front page story in today’s Chron on the H-Town Mayor having a say in how things are run over at HISD. Here is how the front page story starts:

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he has been asked to get “very, very, very involved” in Houston ISD as it faces potentially severe state sanctions, but he stopped short Wednesday of suggesting the city could take control of the district’s chronically under-performing campuses.

Asked whether the city could become a “partner” with the district, giving the city significant authority over operations at campuses, Turner said Wednesday: “Let’s just say I’ve been asked to be very, very involved by multiple individuals, and then I am deciding to what degree and to how far I am going to get involved in the day-to-day operation of any of the schools.”

In recent weeks, HISD administrators have proposed surrendering significant control over 10 underachieving campuses to “partners” as part of the district’s plan for avoiding state sanctions.

Here is the entire story: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Houston-mayor-coy-about-city-potentially-taking-12788214.php.

I don’t think the City of H-Town ought to be in the business of running our schools. I do think that the Mayor can be a big part of getting folks – the Board, business and civic leaders, parents, teachers, other interested parties, and students -on the same page working together, but that is going to require a bunch of folks leaving their personal and professional agendas at the door.

It is a heavy lift for sure, but it sure beats having the State of Texas step in. The State of Texas has no credibility trying to tell anyone how to educate their kids. Stay tuned!

Opening Day is in Arlington this afternoon.

MLB is the only sport with an Opening Day. Opening Day belongs to baseball – period. We baseball fans all look forward to this.

Did you know that the Reds, with the exception of an opening home series rainout and a player lockout season, have opened every season at home?

I still remember the days when the Reds would be the first team to play with the earliest start of the day or on occasion the only game of the day.

Which is the most significant: Hank Aaron tying Babe Ruth for career dingers when he hit his 714th on Opening Day to tie the Babe or Bob Feller tossing a no-no on Opening Day? I go with the Hank Aaron’s 714th.

San Luis was the first MLB club to have a night game on Opening Day or would you call it Opening Night? Nah, it is still Opening Day.

Hall of Fame great Tom Seavers leads all pitchers with 16 starts on Opening Day.

The Reds were supposed to hold their opener today against the Nationals, but bad weather is forcing them to move their Opening Day tomorrow.

Craig Biggio has 19 Opening Day starts to lead the ‘Stros.

From the I didn’t know that department: I didn’t know that Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was the daughter of Jane Mansfield. Just like some folks don’t know that actress Maya Rudolph is the daughter of Minnie Riperton.

If you are a diehard ‘Stros fan, you will enjoy the excellent column in the Chron today by Brian Smith. Here are great takes from the column:

An unbelievable 2017 campaign didn’t end until Nov. 1. And let’s be honest: We’re still soaking it all in as Opening Day (in Arlington) approaches.

And:

They used to have a money and talent problem. Then they finally became good again, only to have a Rangers problem. Now, the Jim Crane-Jeff Luhnow Astros are MLB’s problem.

And:

The Astros are so good that Brad Peacock and Collin McHugh can’t fit in the starting rotation and have to be stored in the bullpen.

And finally, this:

It feels like the parade just ended.

Here is the entire Brian Smith column: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texas-sports-nation/brian-t-smith/article/Smith-Astros-should-end-up-as-MLB-s-best-again-12788630.php.

Hall of Fame great Nolan Ryan had three Opening Day starts for the ‘Stros and three for the Rangers of course.

Have a Happy Opening Day!

#NeverSettle

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