A MAJOR HONOR FOR A HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL!

WAY TO GO BARBARA JORDAN HIGH SCHOOL!

HISD’s Barbara Jordan High School for Careers (5800 Eastex Freeway, 77026) has received a national High Schools That Work Gold Award for Improved Implementation, based on the progress of local school leaders and teachers in improving school practices. The award was presented by Dave Spence, President of the Southern Regional Education Board, at the annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, July 8.

Spence praised the school for its achievement, pointing out that it takes dedication and hard work on the part of state, district and school leaders and teachers to make progress in preparing students for college and careers in an increasingly competitive world. He presented the award before an audience of more than 6,000 educators from across the nation.

The school is one of only ten high schools in the nation receiving the HSTW Gold Award for Improved Implementation in 2009. To earn this recognition, the school made large improvements in their implementation of the HSTW design. These schools also had 50 percent or more of students meet at least one of the readiness goals on the 2008 HSTW Assessment and either met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) criteria of the federal No Child Left Behind Act or had a graduation rate of 85 percent or higher.

“This school has shown what can be accomplished to raise student achievement by deeply implementing the High Schools That Work model for strengthening curriculum and instruction,” said Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President of SREB and founder of HSTW. “The school illustrates the spirit of change and the gains in performance that High Schools That Work advocates and supports through assessment, staff development and technical assistance.”

Barbara Jordon Principal Rever Givens said, “It is an honor to receive the HSTW Gold Award. I attribute my campuses’ success to the dedication and commitment of the faculty, as well as to the outstanding Jordan High School students whose parents have set educational goals and who provide the support and parental guidance to ensure that the campus is successful in preparing students for graduation.”

More than 1,100 high schools in 32 states participate in the HSTW school improvement initiative, which is based on the premise that most students can master rigorous academic and career/technical studies if school leaders and teachers create a school environment that is motivational, challenging and supportive. The HSTW initiative is the nation’s first large-scale effort to engage state, district and school leaders in partnership with teachers, students, parents and the community to equip all students with the knowledge and skills needed to graduate from high school and succeed in college and the workplace.

FROM A MOTHER: HELP ME FIND HIM TO MAKE HIM PAY HIS CHILD SUPPORT!


This is a first for the Insite. I got an email from a Houston area Mother who needs your help finding the father of her child. He owes tens of thousands of dollars in back child support. Here is her plea to you for help in tracking down deadbeat Chuck:

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM???

This is Charles Earl McCowin Jr, AKA Chuck or Chuckie. He is a DEADBEAT DAD. He owes more than $22,000.00 in back child support for 1 child he has fathered outside of his marriage. He has not paid child support for more than 2 years and REFUSES to do so. If you see him, please help in letting him know how irresponsible he is. His child deserves his support, after all it is his RESPONSIBILITY. Please help in making him accountable and do the right thing in supporting his child. If you have ANY information, such as employment or hangouts please e-mail your tips to deadbeatchuckie@gmail.com. Any information could be helpful in bringing this person to JUSTICE

Thank You and May GOD BLESS

PETER BROWN GETS THE SUPPORT OF THE MINISTERS!

APPROVAL FROM THE HOLY MEN IN HOUSTON!

At-Large City Councilman and Candidate for Mayor Peter Brown held a breakfast meeting this morning with local ministers and prominent religious and community leaders. Building on his endorsement last fall by more than 100 Houston ministers, Brown’s breakfast this morning featured a discussion of the important issues facing our city, and focused on how Peter Brown will build an even better Houston as mayor.

“I’ll make Houston safer and cut the crime rate, bring new businesses and good-paying jobs to our city, and improve our quality of life with the right standards and smart investments in our future,” said Brown. “To make Houston even better, we need experienced leadership that can get results, and that’s exactly the sort of Mayor I’ll be.”

Brown was joined by a number of important local religious leaders, including the Rev. William Lawson, founding Pastor of Wheeler Ave. Baptist Church, who introduced him. Calling Peter Brown a “leader Houston can trust,” Lawson praised his principled leadership and ability to get results.

“Peter Brown has been a leader in the community and the city of Houston for a long time, and he’s always listened and responded to people’s concerns. I know I can trust him.” said Lawson. “If you need to get something done in Houston, if you need a real leader, it’s Peter Brown you turn to.”

Brown was also joined by Pastor D.Z. Cofield of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, who praised Peter’s ability to bring people together and his commitment to building a better Houston for all the city’s residents.

“It’s clear that Peter Brown is ready to be the next Mayor of Houston. His ability and willingness to reach out to diverse groups throughout our community and our city to get things done is exactly the sort of leadership we need in our next mayor,” said Cofield. “I’m supporting Peter because I know he can make Houston even better.”

In addition to Reverend Lawson and Pastor Cofield, Brown was joined by more than 100 other religious leaders and members of the community at Houston’s This Is It!

“I’m deeply honored to receive the support of these leaders and so many others around Houston,” said Brown. “It’s clear that our vision of an even better Houston, with safer neighborhoods, good-paying jobs, and a higher quality of life is gaining momentum among voters all across our city.”

SAYING GOOD BYE TO A HOUSTON EDUCATOR AND TV REPORTER!

LINDSAY LEVINGSTON IS OKLAHOMA BOUND!

Congratulations to KPRC reporter Lindsay Levingston. The former Houston teacher and reporter is moving to Oklahoma. She’s taken a job with the FOX affiliate there. Monday Lindsey officially kicks off her new job at KOKI-TV. Levingston was joined by several friends and coworkers at Papasitos in Houston tonight for a final good bye. Unfortunately, the Insite could not make it but the young reporter who also hosted a Municipal channel program was surrounded by friends. Good luck Lindsay and we will miss you in Houston!

IBEW TO HISD: CLEAN UP YOUR ACT OR PEOPLE COULD DIE!

HISD ACKNOWLEDGES THEY’RE INVESTIGATING THE CLAIMS!

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers came out swinging this week. The labor union has gone after the Houston Independent School District. The group claims HISD has allowed shoddy electrical work in some brand new schools such as Coop Elementary. Investigators from IBEW says the district has allowed subcontractors to hire unskilled workers to wire schools in the district. Turner Wright says he’s uncovered some serious problems that could lead to death for teachers and students in the district. Wright also says some of these newly constructed schools have already experienced expensive breakdowns in equipment, leaks and mold. Norm Uhl with HISD says the district has passed internal inspections as well as those from the city. However, Uhl says the district’s head electrician is looking into the claims and all necessary repairs will be made at no cost to the taxpayer!

MISS CHINATOWN DROPS BY THE INSITE!

CINDY WU WON THE NATIONAL COMPETITION!

Congratulations to Cindy Wu. The Houstonian was elected Miss Chinatown USA. Not that’s a big deal. Wu not only won the local competition here in Houston but she won the event nationwide. There are more than 30 Chinatowns located around the country with potentially thousands of contestants entering the competition but Wu came out on top. I’m told she excelled and whooped the competition with her piano and singing skills. The beauty queen was honored at Houston’s City Hall by Councilman MJ Khan. Wu tells the Insite she is headed Taiwan where she is a recording artist. She says she has an album that will soon be released to the public. Hey Miss Wu, thanks for dropping by the Insite!

THE SECRET MEETING WITH THE FIREFIGHTERS AND WHY IS THE CITY ATTORNEY NOW PART OF THE CONTROVERSY?

ARTURO HAS TIES TO THE FIRM HE CHOSE TO ADDRESS ISSUES AT THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT!

MORE THAN A DOZEN HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS MET BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH MAYOR BILL WHITE TODAY IN AN EFFORT TO TRY AND MOVE FORWARD. THAT SECRET MEETING TOOK PLACE IN THE BASEMENT OF CITY HALL TUESDAY MORNING. ON THE TABLE FOR DISCUSSION WERE THE RECENT ALLEGATION OF SEXISM AND RACISM IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. SOME OF THOSE ATTENDING SAY THERE NEEDS TO BE STRONGER MANAGEMENT AT HFD IN THE FIELD.


IN THE MEANTIME, WE’VE LEARNED A VOTE BY HOUSTON’S CITY COUNCIL ON A PROPOSAL TO HIRE TWO LAW FIRMS TO ADDRESS SENSITIVITY IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL LIKELY BE DELAYED TOMORROW. THIS COMES AS HOUSOTN CITY ATTORNEY ARTURO MICHEL ADMITS TIES TO AT LEAST ONE OF THE AGENCIES HE PLAYED A ROLE IN CHOOSING. MICHEL PLANS TO SEND A MEMO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS ON WEDNESDAY TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JOLANDA JONES TELLS FOX 26 SHE HAS PLANS TO TAGGED THE PROPOSAL TO HIRE THE TWO OUTSIDE FIRMS. JONES WENT ON TO SAY SHE’S LIKE TO SEE AN AGENCY WITH MORE EXPERTISE IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN RESOURCES HANDLE THE MATTER.

DAVID MINCBERG GETS A NEW POSITION IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON!

HE’S APPOINTED TO THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS!

Mayor Bill White today announced he is appointing businessman/attorney David Mincberg to the Houston Housing Authority (HHA) Board of Commissioners. Mincberg, CEO of Flagship Properties Corp., will fill an open seat on the board. He is expected to replace Timothy F. Seckinger in the chairman’s position. Seckinger will remain on the board during a transition period.

“Tim has done an outstanding job and we are grateful for his leadership, steady hand and his willingness to serve,” said Mayor White. “I have asked David to take up the reins and he is highly qualified and committed to continuing the progress through which Tim has guided HHA.”

The Mayor added that he is asking Mincberg to focus on several things, including examining all of HHA’s operations, with a particular eye toward customer service, acceleration of efforts to create opportunities for first-time home buyers, and asset management practices of the Authority.

Since 1977, Mincberg has been directly involved in the development and construction of over 30,000 multi-family housing units. Additionally, Flagship and Mincberg invest in a variety of different investments, ranging from subdivision developments to a start-up deregulated energy provider. He also serves as president of Flagship Mezzanine Funding, LP, a company that provides mezzanine and equity financing in commercial real estate transactions. Prior to entering the real estate investment business, Mincberg practiced general business law with an emphasis on business structure and organization.

Mincberg served from 2006 to 2007 in the “dollar-a-year” position of Special Assistant to the Mayor for Multi-family Housing Policy. In that position he coordinated the housing agencies in the City of Houston , with an emphasis on increasing the affordable housing stock.

Mincberg is married to Lainie Gordon. They are the parents of five children.

A FORMER PHILADELPHIA POLICE OFFICER SAYS WE NEED TO BE VIGILANT AGAINST RACISM!

RAYMOND CARNATION DROPS BY THE INSITE WITH A SERIOUS MESSAGE!

Here’s a letter I received from a former Philadelphia police officer who wants to spread the word about racism on the force and in the fire departments arund the country. Take a read and tell The Insite what you think!

Dear Mr. Isiah Carey,


My name is Raymond Carnation and I along with two other officers opposed racism against African Americans in the Philadelphia Police Department and was fired for doing so.

In May of 2008 we won and the case set precedent. The case is Myrna Moore vs. The City of Philadelphia.
We are now asking President Obama to place police racism on the national agenda. We are seeking national attention on this serious racism problem in the Philadelphia Police Department.

The City of Philadelphia hired a private law firm Cozen and O’Connor to fight us officers’ who broke the blue wall of silence on police racism and were forced off the department in 1999. The Mayor ,his staff, and Cozen and O’Connor are still fighting us in Federal Court at the taxpayer’s expense.

I find this very disturbing for a Mayor to act in this manner when the people and children of this city could utilize that money for positive projects and not for protecting racist police officers .He took a oath to protect all the residents of Philadelphia which I and the other to ex-officers were.

I feel that means you should not support racist police officers, and protect the officers that come forward on police racism/misconduct.

In our case the Mayor has it totally backwards and it is truly a sad situation in Philadelphia.

I think the public needs to be aware of all the money being spent on this Racism case Myrna Moore vs. The City of Philadelphia.

Which is being used to continue the support and defend the officers that were found in the wrong, and as for us, setting the record straight, coming forward on police racism, we are struggling emotionally, mentally, spiritually and financially.

We proven our case and they will not acknowledge this serious problem in their police department. I feel politics are playing a major role in this matter and that is a injustice to all the citizens of Philadelphia.

If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was still with us how do you think he would feel about Mayor Nutter’s and the city’s position?

I honestly believe the Mayor and the City of Philadelphia is sabotaging the civil rights movement on racism that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought and died for.

Below are articles on our case so you may have a better understanding on this traumatic experience working for the Philadelphia Police Department and what we are still going this major problem that has been going on for way too many years.

I hope you and your fans can write letters to Oprah, Dateline and 20/20 so both the racism in the Houston Fire Department and cop on cop racism in Philadelphia will get the national attention it deserves. Thank you for your time and effort. God Bless.

Warmest Regards,
Raymond Carnation
Philadelphia Pa.

http://www.counterpunch.org/washington05162008.html

IS THE LIMIT GOING TO HIGH FOR IDENTIFICATION?

DO YOU THINK THIS TECHNIQUE WORKS TO STOP UNDERAGE SMOKERS?

I noticed this sign in a Walgreens. It warned shoppers you had to look over 40 to buy cigarettes. It seems these signs are going up higher and higher when it comes to age. I guess there are a lot of old looking underage smokers out there. Kind of like the baby I saw at Sears that had an adult face. It floored me. The next sign we will likely see is ‘we card under your early 100’s.’ Do you think we should continue to raise the limit to make sure young people don’t get their hands on a pack of illegal smokes? The Insite would like to hear your opinion!