Harris County Department of Education wants your input

From the InBox: The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) Board of Trustees with assistance from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services has begun work to select a new superintendent for HCDE. As a part of that process, the TASB search consultant would like to meet with various groups to begin […]

Harris County Department of Education parts ways with superintendent

After twelve years at the helm of the Harris County Department of Education, Superintendent Dr. John Sawyer is retiring. At last week’s meeting of the HCDE Board, the Trustees voted 5-2 to accept his resignation in return for a buyout of $198,000, plus accrued personal leave, sick days and vacation days valued at $84,341.40. Here is the […]

RW Bray and Dianne Williams for the Harris County Department of Education Board of Trustees

Not so long ago, the Harris County Department of Education was an obscure organization that helped local ISD’s be more efficient and ran federal Head Start programs under budget. They are no longer obscure for a variety of reasons and it is very important that the people elected as Trustees for the department be dedicated […]

Harris County Department of Education races

It used to be hard to find someone, anyone, to run for the board of the Harris County Department of Education. Now that the department has a higher profile, not only did Harris County Republicans find someone to run, they have contested primaries for both positions that will be on the November 2014 ballot. And […]

Harris County Department of Education strikes again

Man, o’ man, you never know what you’ll walk into when you attend a board meeting of the Harris County Department of Education. I missed the last couple of board meetings because I can never remember when they are, so I put the November meeting on my calendar to make sure I’d remember. I wish […]

Harris County Department of Education Board Meeting 8-20-13

The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) Board of Trustees held their regular monthly board meeting on Tuesday, August 20th, immediately following the morning workshop on Early to Rise. Click here for the agenda. The HCDE board meetings have citizen comments immediately after the invocation and pledges. Because the morning had been focused on the […]

Corrected: Harris County Department of Education Board Meeting 7-16-13

When I walked into the board meeting room, Harris County Department of Education Trustee Kay Smith greeted me with a plate of food from the trough: Happy to see that she has a sense of humor. Unfortunately, that was about all the humor that was to be found at the meeting. This had to be […]

Lots to do this week in Houston – Harris County politics

This is going to be a busy week for those of us in Houston and Harris County that enjoy politics. If 10,000 people can stand in 100 degree heat to worship a mediocre basketball player, surely these events can get a few people to sit in air-conditioning to learn about stuff that affects their lives. […]

Who’s Watching the Watchdogs?

Note: This is a guest post from Harris County Department of Education Board President Angie Chesnut in response to some of the criticisms of the department. The views expressed below are personal and do not represent the Harris County Department of Education Board or the Harris County Department of Education. Webster defines the word “watchdog” as […]

Harris County Department of Education Board Meeting 6-18-13 Recap

The Harris County Department of Education held its monthly board meeting yesterday and for once, it was fairly interesting. First off, proof that both Republicans and Democrats like to feed at the public trough: See what I mean? Oh, c’mon, relax. It’s just a joke! If they would have taken my advice and moved that […]