Archive for May 1st, 2018

Among active MLBers, who has the highest career batting average?

HISD is deservedly getting front page run today. Here is how today’s article starts out:

The fate of Houston ISD and its 10 longest-struggling schools now lies with the Texas Education Agency.

Texas’ largest school district missed an April 30 deadline to submit plans to the TEA detailing how it would hand operations of those 10 schools to a third-party group, according to Houston ISD spokesman Tracy Clemons. If approved by the TEA, such a plan would have triggered a two-year grace period and protected the district from state takeover and the 10 schools from closure.

Now, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath must decide how to proceed. His options, as prescribed by law, are limited. Morath can either appoint a board of managers to take over the elected school board, or he can order schools closed.

And then there is this from the article:

Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, said the district’s process for selecting a partner and finalizing a plan left much to be desired. The district collected feedback at 11 community meetings in neighborhoods where the 10 troubled schools are located, but officials kept the final proposal close to their chests until last Friday.

“The unfortunate circumstance here is the potential plans and partners weren’t allowed to be open and transparent and vetted by the community, parents and teachers, so they could provide the necessary input about whether they support or did not support any of the plans,” Capo said.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-ISD-has-until-end-of-day-to-notify-TEA-of-12874841.php.

Of course, Zeph was referencing transparency in putting forward a proposal last month. Don’t expect transparency from here on out when it comes to TEA. This isn’t a knock on TEA, it is just what it is.

The HISD leadership, most likely the H-Town Mayor, hopefully Zeph and the teachers will huddle behind closed doors and come up with a workable plan. Don’t expect a daily report of sorts on the progress or lack of progress. That is the way it has to work at this point.  Stay tuned!

Doug Miller put this out yesterday:

Hey everybody,

Pardon this impersonal mass email, but it’s the fastest way to spread the word among my baseball fan buddies about tomorrow night’s Brazos Bookstore signing event for Joe Holley’s “Hurricane Season:  The Unforgettable Story of the 2017 Houston Astros and the Resilience of a City.” 

Tomorrow’s the publication date, and Joe is graciously letting me share some of the spotlight by inviting me to interview him before a room full of book loving Astros fans.  

Unlike Minute Maid Park, Brazos Bookstore is not selling dollar hot dogs tomorrow night. Then again, it’s also not selling outrageously overpriced beer. 

We’ll get started at 7:00.  The address is 2421 Bissonnet, between Kirby and Shepherd.  Drop on by.

Check it out this evening!

Jose Altuve is at the top of the MLB active player list with a .3172 career batting average of course, just ahead of Miguel Cabrera’s .3168.

30,000 plus showed up at The Yard last night and there were some Yankee fans in attendance but not enough to be annoying.







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