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HISD GETS NATIONAL DISTINCTION AND THE YEAR IS JUST GETTING STARTED!

Two HISD schools were named today as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.  East Early College High School and Project Chrysalis Middle School are among only 269 schools nationwide and 18 in Texas that achieved the honor this year.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.

East Early College High School and Project Chrysalis Middle School were both recognized as “Exemplary Performing” schools.

“Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential,” Duncan said. “Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers.  Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future.”

The Department of Education will honor all of the schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C.

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THE SOUNDBITE HEARD ALL THE WAY IN THE COURTHOUSE!

Attorneys for the adult nightclub Treasures Houston have been fighting in civil court all week to keep the club in business.

The Harris County Attorney’s Office filed a complaint against the business claiming it’s a haven for sex and drugs.

The county wants to get an injunction to stop the alleged illegal activities at what’s being called a credit card whorehouse.

Terry O’Rourke (Harris County Attorney’s Office)

Earlier this week First Assistant County Attorney Terry O’Rourke said those words on tv.

Sources say that made the attorneys defending the club very unhappy.

We’re told the Factor segment which aired on FOX 26 was played in open court.

That reportedly caused the judge to ban attorneys from talking (gag order) about the case to the press.

Sources say the case could end Friday but there’s no word when the judge will rule.

Stay tuned!