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September 11, 2017

Some Houston-Area Schools Open After Harvey, But Uncertainty Lingers

As school leaders in Texas continue to assess the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey, many are unsure how many students will actually return to school this week.

August 28, 2017

Houston Schools Closed All Week in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Catastrophic flooding and heavy rains led the nation's sixth-largest school district and several others to announce their closure for the rest of the week.

August 11, 2017

Houston District May Face State Takeover

Officials from the Texas Education Agency told Houston school district officials that a state takeover could be in the offing if the district does not improve some of its persistently struggling schools, the Houston Chronicle reports.

August 29, 2016

Urban Educators Stress Value of Big-City Schools Group

With the Council of the Great City Schools now in its 60th year, urban school leaders say the depth of its staff's expertise, the organization's effectiveness in advocating on their behalf, and the sense of camaraderie they feel being part of the group are unmatched elsewhere.

July 26, 2016

San Francisco Superintendent Among Finalists for Top Job in Houston

San Francisco district chief Richard Carranza is the leading contender for the top job in Houston, the nation's seventh-largest school system, according to reports.

February 18, 2016

Houston Taps District's Chief Financial Officer as Interim Superintendent

Ken Huewitt will lead the district while the school board continues its search for a permanent replacement for outgoing Superintendent Terry Grier, who is stepping down Feb. 29.

December 30, 2015

The Year in District and Leadership News

Race, education disparities, school-leader standards, and criminal proceedings (in Atlanta and Chicago) were among the top stories on the District Dossier blog.

November 16, 2015

Houston School Board Rejects Proposal to Ban Suspensions for Youngest Students

As part of a proposal, suspensions would be used as a last resort for pre-K-2nd grade students in the Houston district. The district will focus on training staff in positive engagement and de-escalation techniques.

September 10, 2015

Houston Schools Superintendent Terry Grier to Step Down

Grier said he chose to announce his decision now so that the school board will have ample time to identify and prepare his successor.

August 29, 2015

On Katrina's 10th Anniversary, Stories From the Diaspora

Thousands of students and their families fled New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Some of the families shared their stories with us as the storm's 10th anniversary approached.

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