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Houston ISD investigating if Furr HS students got grades for courses they didn't take

January 11, 2018 by Houston Chronicle

... against Simmons as "pretty serious," and district investigators have already spent three and a half months digging into the case. Phipps said the allegations involve "a lot of students." "(The investigation) is not something that can be done in a ...

Principal sues Houston schools for race, age discrimination

December 7, 2017 by Business Management Daily

A renowned Houston high school principal who was suspended with pay in September has filed a race and age discrimination lawsuit against the Houston Independent School District. Bertie Simmons, 83, the longtime principal of Furr High School, was ...

Despite Leadership Changes, Furr High to Keep $10 Million Grant

December 6, 2017 by Houston Public Media

Houston Public MediaAli complimented Houston's superintendent and the teamwork that went into Furr's plan to reinvent high school. It competed with several hundred other schools to be one of the few winners. “Every adult that was a member of that team put adult interests ...

Two Months Into Investigation At Furr, No Clear Resolution

November 27, 2017 by Houston Public Media

Houston Public MediaWhen longtime principal Bertie Simmons was suspended from Furr High School at the end of September, her attorney Scott Newar pressed for her quick reinstatement. “This is a tragedy for the students at Furr and their families,” he told reporters in ...

HFD responds to fire at old Furr High School building

November 20, 2017 by KHOU

KHOUHFD responds to fire at old Furr High School building. Error loading player: No playable sources found. KHOU 11's Lisa Hernandez reports. KHOU.com Staff , KHOU 7:17 AM. CST November 20, 2017. (Photo: Metro for KHOU 11). CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ ...

Houston's Furr High School catches fire

November 20, 2017 by Chron.com

Chron.comFirefighters battled a blaze at Furr High School early Monday. Houston Fire Department was dispatched to the school on Mercury Drive around midnight. A person on the scene said one wall of the school was fully involved when firefighters arrived, which ...

Teacher Story Slam: Educators Share Their Take On Innovation, Challenges

November 16, 2017 by Houston Public Media

Houston Public Media(Photo by Michael Stravato). On Wednesday, Nov. 8, teachers from around Greater Houston gathered to share stories of their experiences in education during a teacher story slam event at Houston's Furr High School. For the past year, News 88.7's ...

Furr High principal faces allegations of changing grades, improper spending, court papers show

November 6, 2017 by Chron.com

Chron.comAllegations of changing grades, improper spending and harassment are among the issues that led Houston ISD administrators to expand their investigation of Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons, the widely known educator temporarily removed from her ...

This Houston Student Had A College Plan, Then Harvey Came, And Trump Rescinded DACA

October 30, 2017 by Houston Public Media

Houston Public MediaDuring lunch at school, Maritza skips hanging out with friends in the cafeteria. Instead, she heads to her history teacher's room at Furr High School, where they pore over a scholarship essay. In 250 words, she explains how her dance troupe has taught ...

Judge: Suspended Furr staffer may interact within district

October 24, 2017 by Houston Chronicle

Judge: Suspended Furr staffer may interact within district. By Jacob Carpenter. October 24, 2017. 0. A Harris County judge this week waded into the Furr High School flap, temporarily barring Houston ISD from prohibiting contact between a school ...

Judge: Suspended Furr High staffer can speak about Bertie Simmons case

October 23, 2017 by Chron.com

Chron.comA Harris County judge on Monday waded into the Furr High School flap, temporarily barring Houston ISD from prohibiting contact between a school employee and any students, parents or colleagues. The judge, R.K. Sandill, granted a temporary restraining ...

Educator Files Suit, Saying HISD Retaliated Against Her for Supporting Bertie Simmons [UPDATED]

October 23, 2017 by Houston Press

Houston PressSharon Koonce, the project manager over a $10 million grant that Furr High School received last year, filed suit in state district court Monday morning, saying in essence that the Houston ISD has retaliated against her for supporting Principal Bertie ...

Furr High School students demand return of their tough-talking principal

October 18, 2017 by Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleShe went from not caring about school to planning for college and carrying a book as a constant companion. "She stopped me from almost getting arrested and all this other stuff that was going on within me. So that's why I'm here," she said. Camacho ...

Furr High School students stage walk-out to protest suspension of 83-year-old principal

October 17, 2017 by CW39

CW39HOUSTON-- More than three dozen students at Furr High School walked out Tuesday morning to battle for Bertie. Dr. Bertie Simmons, 83, has been the principal for 17 years and students are outraged over a recent decision to suspend her. "We're out here ...

Students, community protest over removal of Furr High School principal

October 17, 2017 by KPRC Houston

KPRC HoustonOn the job for 17 years, Simmons is known for coming out of retirement and turning around Furr High School's gang and academic problems. "Students and community members out here want to send a message to the people who are watching that we want Dr ...

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