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HISD Internal Auditor Suspended

HISD Internal Auditor Suspended

Houston ISD has taken action against its Internal Auditor Richard Patton who, as we reported months ago, ignored the concerns of 34-year employee Frank Hodges about mismanagement and corruption in the district. Hodges repeatedly reported his concerns to Patton who in...
HISD Eyes Districtwide Cuts

HISD Eyes Districtwide Cuts

In advance of Houston ISD’s upcoming budget, officials are making a wide variety of cuts across the district to minimize the inevitable $107 million budget shortfall. One of the programs to hit the chopping block is former Superintendent Terry Grier’s signature...
HISD Hires Firm With Questionable Past

HISD Hires Firm With Questionable Past

With outgoing Superintendent Terry Grier set to retire in less than two weeks, Houston ISD’s Board of Trustees has led an insufficient superintendent search process, ultimately leading to the hiring of a search firm with multiple complaints and a history of conflicts...
Robin Hood Reveals HISD’s Mismanagement

Robin Hood Reveals HISD’s Mismanagement

Texas’ school funding model has finally had an impact on Houston ISD. Robin Hood, a program created by the state legislature to capture tax dollars from “property rich” districts and give them to “property poor” districts, has been triggered as HISD brings in more tax...
Amid Shortfall HISD Chief Gets Hefty Bonus

Amid Shortfall HISD Chief Gets Hefty Bonus

During a special meeting on Wednesday and without public input, Houston ISD Board of Trustees voted 4-3 to award Superintendent Terry Grier a “satisfactory” evaluation accompanied with $98,000 in bonuses atop his roughly $300,000 base salary. It’s all “for the kids,”...
Internal Audit Points to HISD Management

Internal Audit Points to HISD Management

Despite official statements to the contrary, a preliminary review conducted by Houston ISD’s own Office of Internal Audit confirmed the obvious by determining that, “inflation itself is not the key driver in the request for additional [bond] funds.” The audit’s...
Houston ISD Auditor Ignored Whistleblower

Houston ISD Auditor Ignored Whistleblower

After being ignored by the Board of Trustees and other school officials, Frank Hodges a 34-year HISD employee, turned to the where he thought he could find resolution to the problem—the district’s Chief Audit Executive, Richard Patton. However, much like the other...
HISD Vendor Forewarned Construction Problems

HISD Vendor Forewarned Construction Problems

Recently, a Houston school district employee refuted claims that the district’s board was unaware of ongoing problems with budget and contracting practices. Now, a longtime HISD vendor, Charter Roofing, is also saying they too alerted Audit Committee Chair...
HISD Employee Speaks Out

HISD Employee Speaks Out

A Houston school district employee is refuting claims that school board members were unaware of problems with the district’s bond program. Frank Hodges, a 34-year HISD employee, recently sent an email to Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones and Audit Committee Chair...
HISD Construction Corruption

HISD Construction Corruption

HISD’s Board of Trustees failed to acknowledge the looming bond shortfall, and failed to give directive to the Superintendent and administration following the revelation. But, according to an internal audit, it seems that their lackadaisical attitude trickled down to...
Amid Shortfall HISD Chief Gets Hefty Bonus

HISD Trustees Knew of Looming Shortfall

Since last week’s revelation and the attendant increase in public demands for accountability for Houston ISD’s $211 million bond shortfall, school board members are clamoring to deny any knowledge and deflect responsibility for the situation. But the district’s...
HISD $211 Million Shortfall

HISD $211 Million Shortfall

Houston ISD (HISD) trustees are calling for an audit of the district’s unprecedented 2012 $1.89 billion bond program. Suddenly it has been brought to their attention that the program is facing a $211 million shortfall and will have to halt some projects until another...
Oversized Bonus for an Underperforming Administrator

Oversized Bonus for an Underperforming Administrator

Houston Independent School District trustees have again decided in favor of rewarding the captain of the district, Superintendent Terry Grier, for sub-standard academic results, instead of holding him accountable for the sinking ship. At HISD’s December board meeting,...