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Dr. Bertie Simmons suspended from Furr High School - Simmons hired a lawyer to fight her suspension

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The Houston Press published a series of articles about the suspension of Bertie Simmons, principal of Furr High School on Houston's east side (serves the Songwood, Northshore, Pleasantville, Clinton Park, and Jacinto City areas).

As did the Chron: Houston ISD investigating new allegations against Furr principal - Houston Chronicle and Houston public media: Without Its Storied Principal, What’s The Future Of Furr High? – Houston Public Media

TLDR:

  • Simmons went out of retirement to be principal of Furr since 2000 and is known for turning around the school (she took students to New York City to prove 9/11 happened as a reward for them being good for the school year)
  • Simmons wanted to continue using school uniforms after Harvey to deter gangs, but HISD admins wanted to suspend uniforms because kids' clothing was damaged by the storm
  • HISD admins accused Simmons of threatening tickets (court action) over uniform non-compliance and argued that it would expose illegal immigrant parents to court scrutiny, while Simmons stated she'd never suspend a student for uniform non-compliance
  • HISD admins accused Simmons of threatening students w/ a bat, while her supporters and students say it's a commonly understood joke - students once presented a bat as a gift to the principals
  • Simmons's lawyers accused HISD of trying to take $10 million in grants meant for Furr and to give it to other schools - Simmons says the grant organizer (Steve Job's widow) only intended the money for Furr and wouldn't give it if the money didn't go where it was supposed to go
  • Simmons's lawyer accused HISD of trying to replace her (older white woman) with a non-white, younger principal
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On ‎10‎/‎13‎/‎2017 at 11:24 PM, VicMan said:

The Houston Press published a series of articles about the suspension of Bertie Simmons, principal of Furr High School on Houston's east side (serves the Songwood, Northshore, Pleasantville, Clinton Park, and Jacinto City areas).

As did the Chron: Houston ISD investigating new allegations against Furr principal - Houston Chronicle and Houston public media: Without Its Storied Principal, What’s The Future Of Furr High? – Houston Public Media

TLDR:

  • Simmons went out of retirement to be principal of Furr since 2000 and is known for turning around the school (she took students to New York City to prove 9/11 happened as a reward for them being good for the school year)
  • Simmons wanted to continue using school uniforms after Harvey to deter gangs, but HISD admins wanted to suspend uniforms because kids' clothing was damaged by the storm
  • HISD admins accused Simmons of threatening tickets (court action) over uniform non-compliance and argued that it would expose illegal immigrant parents to court scrutiny, while Simmons stated she'd never suspend a student for uniform non-compliance
  • HISD admins accused Simmons of threatening students w/ a bat, while her supporters and students say it's a commonly understood joke - students once presented a bat as a gift to the principals
  • Simmons's lawyers accused HISD of trying to take $10 million in grants meant for Furr and to give it to other schools - Simmons says the grant organizer (Steve Job's widow) only intended the money for Furr and wouldn't give it if the money didn't go where it was supposed to go
  • Simmons's lawyer accused HISD of trying to replace her (older white woman) with a non-white, younger principal

What's the latest developments on Simmons' lawsuit against HISD ?

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On 12/6/2017 at 0:45 AM, Blue Dogs said:

 

VicMan: Any new developments on Simmons' case ?

 

HISD is stupid enough to do this!

 

There is now https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/bertie-simmons-houston-hisd-principal-furr-high-12934326.php

 

HISD concluded that some administrators (unnamed, and without providing evidence) had inflated students' grades. It didn't directly say Simmons did it, and it didn't provide any statement about her employment, but the Chron thinks it's a sign they want to fully terminate her.

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On ‎5‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 4:56 PM, VicMan said:

 

There is now https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/bertie-simmons-houston-hisd-principal-furr-high-12934326.php

 

HISD concluded that some administrators (unnamed, and without providing evidence) had inflated students' grades. It didn't directly say Simmons did it, and it didn't provide any statement about her employment, but the Chron thinks it's a sign they want to fully terminate her.

WOW. This is going to escalate into more expletive. How far would HISD go to do this ?

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Simmons was fired back in June - The board voted 5-1 in favor of getting rid of her.

 

She's suing on grounds of age and race. She is also asking for an appeal from the TEA, although HISD is not obliged by state law to follow the recommendations from the TEA hearing examiner https://www.chron.com/news/education/article/Fired-Furr-High-School-principal-fighting-13207168.php

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