Sep 29, 2011
I just read this news from the Huff Post Latino Voices: “Alabama Immigration Law: Police To Enforce Controversial Provisions Following Court Ruling“
Beginning Thursday, authorities can question people suspected of being in the country illegally and hold them without bond, and officials can check the immigration status of students in public schools
Wow. I have lots more I want to say, but for now I am only sharing this info with others.
Apr 23, 2011
As I read about the latest wave of violence in northern Mexico, I wonder “what the hell happened?” I’m not going to pretend that it’s always been safe in Mexico, but the reports I’ve heard, and what I’ve seen first-hand, are better defined as “war zone” than criminal activity.
I have lost people in the drug wars. I have family behind enemy lines.
Every few weeks I hear about a friend or friend of a friend who is braving the trip into Mexico to check on family members. It’s a dangerous trip; don’t let anyone tell you differently.
The reality is that it’s a necessary trip. My grandmother is 80+ years old, mostly confined to a wheelchair, and alone. At some point soon my mother is going to need to go and make sure she’s OK. Yes, they speak on the phone every day, but that’s not going to be enough.
It’s been more than a year since my last foray into Mexico, and that left me shaken. Things are much worse now and I know that despite my misgivings I am going to consent to driving my mother out there.
Why? Because if it were my mother over there, I wouldn’t hesitate even a moment.
Aug 26, 2010
The 29th annual Inc. 500 list was recently released, with nine Houston-based companies making the list. Congratulations!
From the Houston Business Journal story, here are the Houston-area winners:
- TechRadium (No. 38) 5,761 percent growth, revenue of $8.7 million
- GlobaLogix (No. 60) 3,805 percent growth, revenue of $13.6 million
- Employer Flexible (No. 76) 3,169 percent growth, revenue of $87.8 million
- Psychological Software Solutions (No. 115) 2,212 percent growth, revenue of $6.1 million
- PetRays (No. 133) 1,961 percent growth, revenue of $2.1 million
- Integrated Secure (No. 201) 1,446 percent growth, revenue of $4.7 million
- SightLine Health (No. 241) 1,271 percent growth, revenue of $12.9 million
- Remedy Roofing (No. 365) 813 percent growth, revenue of $29.3 million
- eCardio Diagnostics (No. 435) 691 percent growth, revenue of $45.1 million
Read the entire list at Inc.
Jul 14, 2010
Just got this via email:
Word of mouth is a great recruiting tool, so I am inviting everyone in Houston to help HISD recruit tutors for its groundbreaking Apollo 20 school turn-around project.
To join Team HISD as an Apollo 20 Math Fellow, a candidate needs to have a bachelor’s degree and strong math skills, and like working with young people. Successful applicants will work with small groups of sixth- or ninth-grade students each school day at HISD priority schools. For their 10-month commitment to helping students to be successful, Apollo 20 Math Fellows will receive a $20,000 salary and benefits (including health-care coverage). They will also be eligible for a performance and attendance bonus of up to $5,000.
Education is key to the success of Houston’s young people and the entire Houston community. This is a great chance for you or someone you know to make a difference in our students’ lives. We are waiting to hear from you!
Terry B. Grier, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Jul 22, 2009
The Associated Press is reporting that rising unemployment has contributed to the lowest Mexican immigration levels in the US in a decade. Their info is from the Pew Hispanic Center. According to them, immigrants arriving from Mexico dropped by nearly 60% between March of 2008 and March of 2009. Dramatic.
For the full story, read the Houston Chronicle’s article.
Jun 26, 2009
Chick-Fil-A is giving away a free meal to any customer brave enough to come into one of their stores dressed as a cow. This memorable event is happening on July 10th nationwide, and is part of a series of events providing customers with an opportunity to win (among other things) a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond.
The Houston Business Journal reports that there are 35 Houston-area locations (with at least one in Pasadena and one in Clear Lake). I will be out of town on this date, or I’d be tempted to check out a Chick-Fil-A just to see if anyone comes by dressed as a cow. And I’d bring my camera.
Jun 26, 2009
The Houston Independent School District and their partner Connection Academy have opened up their virtual school program to students across Texas. Houston Business Journal reports that this will allow 1,000 students to enroll in the virtual school program for free.
Jun 26, 2009
Think tuition is high enough? It’s about to get higher for students at the University of Houston System. The Houston Business Journal is reporting that UH System is going to increase tuition 3.98% for fiscal year 2010. The good news? It’s the lowest percentage increase the school has made in a decade.
Jun 17, 2009
UH theatre school creates summer camp for Fifth Ward students
– Houston Business Journal
The University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance is introducing a theater curriculum for elementary school students in Houston’s Fifth Ward as part of a summer camp program.
A two-year, $260,000 grant from the Houston Endowment — the school’s largest grant to date — helped kick off the camp, which introduces acting, puppetry, storytelling and dance under the guidance of UH teaching artists, including theater faculty and graduate students.
Jun 8, 2009
Local teachers ‘go to work’ at Houston-area businesses
– reported by the Houston Business Journal
More than 200 teachers will shadow at 68 Houston-area businesses this week as part of the seventh annual Teacher Externship Week.
The program, a collaboration between Houston A+ Challenge and the Greater Houston Partnership, pairs teachers with business professionals in an effort to help teachers develop lessons based on their experience that they can share with their students.