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Posts published in April 2011

Reseña de la Batalla de Puebla – 5 de Mayo

La Batalla de Puebla tuvo lugar el 5 de mayo de 1862 cerca de la ciudad de Puebla (México), en el ataque y defensa del Fuerte de Loreto y del Fuerte de Guadalupe, durante la invasión francesa a México. En México se conmemora con el “Cinco de Mayo”. Fue una importante victoria mexicana con resonancia global, pues venció al ejército más experimentado y reputado de la época.
En 1861, después de la larga lucha conocida como la “Guerra de Tres años”, México estaba en pésimas condiciones económicas y políticas. Tenía una enorme deuda con España, Francia e Inglaterra . Por ello Benito Juárez, quien recientemente había sido eleguido Presidente de México, declaró una moratoria que duraría dos años, o sea que acordó no pagarles durante este tiempo para que México pudiera reponerse.

Esta decisión, no gustó a las naciones extranjeras y así los franceses, españoles e ingleses vinieron a México con el fin de cobrarse a la fuerza la deuda.
En octubre de 1861, España, Inglaterra y Francia se reunieron y decidieron invadir el país, para ello formaron una Alianza Militar Tripartita. Pero, si bien el motivo de la invasión era exigir el pago de las deudas, los países extranjeros tenían otros intereses particulares:
– España quería recuperar el dominio de México, porque había perdido sus colonias en América.
-Inglaterra, contaba con un gran poder industrial y financiero y su imperio se había extendido por Asia y África, pero también querían extenderlo en América.
– El imperio Francés se había desarrollado mucho en Europa y quería abrir nuevos mercados y establecer ricas colonias mineras.
Así fue, con una idea común, pero con distintos fines, los ejércitos de los tres países aliados llegaron a México. Juárez les pidió que llegaran a un arreglo amistoso. Como resultado de las negociaciones elaboraron un documento llamado los Acuerdos o Tratados de Soledad y aceptaron la propuesta de Juárez sobre el pago de la deuda.En esta reunión también reconocieron el gobierno de Juárez; declararon que respetarían la integridad y la independencia nacional. España e Inglaterra cumplieron con los acuerdos, pero Francia no lo hizo y mandó tropas para invadir el país, por lo que se rompió la alianza.
Las tropas francesas estaban muy bien equipadas y eran mucho más grandes que el ejercito Mexicano; por lo que Benito Juárez convocó a toda la población a que luchara, así se formó un ejército de aproximadamente 4800 hombres.
Fue el 5 de Mayo de 1862 cuando el General Laurencez al mando de las tropas francesas ordenó el asalto a los fuertes de Loreto y Guadalupe, que defendían la ciudad de Puebla al mando del General Ignacio Zaragoza; el ejercito invasor que fue rechazado con grandes pérdidas al intentar repetidas veces tomar las fortificaciones, al final tuvieron que abandonar el campo y retirarse vencidos y perseguidos por la caballería mexicana.
Finalmente, el ejército francés fue derrotado y el general Ignacio Zaragoza, mandó un mensaje telegráfico al presidente Juárez, que decía “Las armas nacionales se han cubierto de gloria”
La Batalla de Puebla simboliza el espíritu de lucha y el amor a la independencia que caracteriza el pueblo mexicano. Actualmente éste día se celebra realizando ceremonias cívicas, en muchas ciudades se realizan desfiles. y también es costumbre representar la lucha de ése día con gente personificada tanto de mexicanos como franceses.

Cambio en el horario de visitas a la carcel

Comenzando el Lunes 25 de Abril, visitas a los presos solo será 4 dias a la semana en lugar de 7 dias a la semana, con horas extendidas algunos dias. La ley del estado require dos dias de visitas a la semana.
El cambio se debe al esfuerzo de la Oficina del Algualcil del Condado de Harris para ahorrar costos operativos. Estos cambios permitirán ahorrar 1.3 millones al año.
Nuevos dias de visitas a presos:
-Sabado y Domingo: 3:30-9 p.m.
-Lunes, Jueves y Viernes: No visitas.
-Martes y Miercoles: 4-9 p.m.

Three charged in driveway murder in Atascocita

ATASCOCITA– A Crosby teen is among three who have been arrested and charged with the capital murder of an Atascocita man.
Giovanni Mora, 18, of Crosby, Bobby Dean Jones, 18, and Bruce Lee Taylor, 29, have been charged with the capital murder of Donald Frye III, 41.
According to authorities, the death resulted from an attempted carjacking in Frye’s home driveway.
Frye’s wife said that on April 11 Frye had gone to a local Redbox video machine to return a movie. She said that she became concerned when, hours later he had not returned. She discovered him in the driveway of their home in the 19900 block of Pine Wind Drive, with a gunshot wound.
Based on statements received, authorities believe that the trio had followed Frye to his Atascocita home with the intention of taking his car. However, the victim was fatally shot when the confrontation began.
Mora was taken into custody first, at 1 a.m. on April 15. Jones and Taylor were later also arrested. Charges were filed in the 339th District Court.
Jones, Mora and Taylor are being held in the Harris County Jail without bond.

East Aldine District approves community event sponsorships

NORTHEAST– The East Aldine District held their monthly board meeting last Tuesday night, and approved funding requests for community events from various organizations. Gretchen Larson, Economic Development director, explained the development committee funds event requests that are usually one-time sponsorships with benefits to the district in terms of recognition and development.
The board reviewed the committee’s recommendations, and voted to fund the MacArthur Booster Club Athletic Banquet $2000; HICC Culinary Event $125; Bonding Against Adversity Health Fair $1000; Leadership North Houston graduation event $1000; Aldine YOUTH 21st Anniversary event $1000; and ABWA event $250.
Joyce Wiley is the new chair of the Business and Economic Development Committee, it was announced, replacing Clyde Bailey.

Aldine schools get mixed results on report card

By BOBBY HORN JR.
A recent report by the Houston-based nonprofit group Children at Risk shows mixed results for Aldine ISD.
While Carver High is among the top compared with its peers, Nimitz and Eisenhower ranked among the lowest schools reviewed.
Children at Risk ranked 144 high schools in the 8-county Greater Houston area, including Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller Counties.
Carver ranked #21 on the list. The next highest was MacArthur at #82. The district’s three other schools ranked worse than 100 on the list: Aldine- #103; Nimitz- #110 and Eisenhower- #118.

High schools were ranked based on Texas Education Agency rankings, percentage of students making “commended” on the TAKS, graduation rates, average SAT and ACT college entrance test scores, student attendance rates and percentage of students in advanced placement classes.
Schools with larger populations of low-income students received adjustments in their overall schools to factor out the effects of poverty on the ranking.
While the smallest of Aldine’s high schools with 897 student, Carver enjoys the highest graduation rate at 83.1%. The closest is MacArthur with 65.3%. Carver is also the district’s only Exemplary campus (MacArthur is the only Recognized campus). Among 1,145 high schools in Texas, Carver ranked #87.
The report also ranked 265 middle schools using slightly different criteria.
Aldine’s top ranked schools on these lists are Grantham at #90 and Hambrick at #103.
Elementary school campuses were only ranked if first through fifth grade data was available or if the TEA paired them with another campus. Because of this, no Aldine ISD elementary schools were ranked.
North Forest shows improvement
While its ranking may not be impressive, #120 in the Houston area and #1,066 in the state, North Forest High can claim some bragging rights. The high school was among 10 spotlighted by Children At Risk as Most Improved High Schools.
The school, they said, showed across the board improvements in nearly every category.
In the middle school group, Elmore ranked #175 while Forest Brook came in at #255.
North Forest’s top elementary, among 589 in the Houston area, is Shadydale at #255. Hilliard ranked lowest at #548.
Other schools
The highest ranked high school on the list was Houston ISD’s DeBakey, while fellow HISD school Jones holds the distinction as the lowest ranked.
Among middle schools, Houston ISD’s T.H. Rogers was #1 and The Prep. Academy Charter School was #265.
KIPP Houston ranked #3, the best of any charter high schools. The KIPP Academy for middle school students ranked #17.

School Districts prepare for major budget reductions:

North Forest ISD studies staff cuts after TASB report
NORTHEAST– As the legislature continues its budget process, school districts such as Aldine and North Forest are preparing their own budgets and staffing, with the knowledge that the state will provide a lot less money in the next two years than in previous budgets.
As of last week, Aldine ISD posted a notice on their website of anticipated funding cuts, amounting to somewhere between $34 to $62 million, depending upon whether the state adopts a House or a Senate proposal, or something between. Aldine detailed not only the general funds that would be cut, but also some programs that are expected to lose their support, too. These included technology, pre-kindergarten, student success, DATE teachers, middle school PE, advanced placement, and high school success and completion grants. The implication on this posting is that if the legislature cuts these grants, AISD will not be able to offer these programs. Therefore, the school district was asking parents to contact their legislators and ask for these funds to be restored, for the sake of their child’s education.

North Forest ISD is studying a report from the Texas Association of School Boards, that was presented at last week’s board meeting by Timothy Rocka. He made comparisons with statewide averages and accepted norms for staffing ratios, with the conclusion that many reductions in staffing would be possible at North Forest to save money.
In particular, he found in the area of Instructional & Support, based on the size of the district, that they could eliminate 6 assistant principals, 6.5 counselors, 40.2 instructional aides, 22 district clerks, and 20.2 central office staff, thereby saving a total of $3,893,000 per year. Rocka termed these cuts “absorption or recudtions.” He said they could be immediate, or phased over several years. His criteria was comparing North Forest to five other similar districts, he said.
Also studied were teaching positions, with the results that 6 elementary teachers could be eliminated by increasing the average student/teacher ratio from 21.4 to 22, for a savings of $276,360.
In middle schools, a change in ratio from the current 16.3 to 25 students per teachers would eliminate 32 teachers, at a savings of $1,457,000.
At the high school, changing the ratio from 16 students per teacher now to 25 would eliminate 37.6 teachers, at a savings of $1,759,000.
In the discussion that followed, trustee Brooks-Williams was concerned about the academic impact of these proposed cuts, if carried out. Rocka pointed out that student ratios are lower in elective subjects, and higher in core subjects, which would ameliate the lessening of academic results somewhat.
Forté pointed out that the high school will be receiving some additional Title I federal grant monies over the next three years, and this may help the staffing situation there.
Rocka had other recommendations. In healthcare, he said that the district could change to 2 RN nurses, and 10 LVN nurses, to save $161,960. He said that athletic coaches should be required to teach in their core subject, to save staff.
Rocka felt that other departments, such as maintenance, and custodial had already been reduced and were operating “lean” or in some cases were actually understaffed. He said that transportation department was about the right size.
Other North Forest Board Actions
Acting Superintendent Edna Forté reported that notifications of terminations, that were decided on by the board last week, have begun and are ongoing.
She also reported that the Gates Foundation will hold its second round of competitions for grants, in September, and they have invited North Forest to compete.
Dr. Johnny O’Connor, currently executive director of Academic Support & Innovation, was appointed Deputy Acting Superintendent.
At a special Called Board Meeting held last week on Thursday, April 14, the board approved Forté’s request for a “reorganization” of the administration. To affect this, nominal terminations were approved for most administrative positions, including the athletic director Shawn Hollaran, probationary contract employees, deputy superintendent Travis Weatherspoon, executive director of Academic Support & Innovation Dr. Johnny O’Connor, chief financial officer Ron Wilson, executive director of Human Capital Management Glenda Gimms, director of educational foundation/communication Nakisha Myles. However, after reorganization many of these staff will be retained, Forté explained.
The board also authorized investigation into complaints of misconduct by Dr. Adrain Johnson, and command staff of the NF police department.
In other business, the board voted to move the 9th grade class onto the North Forest high school campus in 2011-2012.

Aldine’s Alberto Gonzales speaks on immigration at Austin Economic Club

Former A.G. Alberto Gonzales: “Our immigration strategy is, at best, outdated & at worst, non-existent.”
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –
“Every sovereign nation has the authority to determine who can be a citizen and who can be present within its borders. “
“As the nation’s former chief law enforcement officer, and a citizen who believes in the rule of law, I cannot condone anyone coming into this country illegally. We are a nation of laws.”

“When people fail to follow the law with impugnity, it encourages further disobedience & breeds disrespect for the rule of law, and that is not America.”
– Alberto Gonzales, the nation’s 80th Attorney General
speaking to the Austin Economic Club
EDITOR’S NOTE: Alberto Gonzales is a 1973 graduate of Aldine’s MacArthur High School, and Rice and Harvard Universities, and served as White House counsel, and Attorney General under President George W. Bush.
However, in September 2007 Gonzales resigned from the A. G. office, after investigation and criticism of his work by Congress. This included the concern that his firing of eight U. S. attorneys was politically motivated, and his controversial rulings regarding eavesdropping, torture of war detainees, and civil rights issues.
Since then, he has been lecturing and writing a book on his time in office.

Deputy found dead in his car, two arrested in Robbery death

Constable Deputy Ronnie Earl Brewer, 47, was found fatally shot inside his car on Tuesday, April 12 in a neighborhood off US59 and Laura Koppe.
Officials said around 1:30 a.m. Houston Police responded to a 911 call and found deputy Brewer dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was behind the steering wheel of his car. The maroon sedan had crashed into a utility pole in the 8900 block of Ramin near Laura Koppe.
Deputy Brewer was off duty and police believe robbery was the motive of the tragedy. Court records indicate a rendezvous preceded the shooting.
According to a Precinct 4 news release, deputy Brewer had worked in law enforcement since 1998 when he started with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

An investigation led to the arrest of two suspects. “We have been questioning witnesses,” police spokeswoman, Jodi Silva said. Judy Lucille Hambrick, 40, and Lee Eldridge Sonier, 31, have been charged for the shooting of deputy Brewer, said Donna Hawkins, spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney’s office.
Hambrick was arrested the same Tuesday, April 12, on charges of theft of a firearm.
The two suspects arrested are in the Harris County Jail and they would appear in State District Court.

Federal, State Budget Woes: Walle and Lee respond

Walle responds to passage of state budget


AUSTIN — Today State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to passage of House Bill 1, the general appropriations act, by the Texas House of Representatives:
“Over the course of the lengthy budget debate, I fought alongside my Democratic colleagues in the House to protect important state priorities — defending jobs and public education and keeping nursing homes open. At the same time, House Republicans overwhelmingly demonstrated their unwillingness to protect those important priorities.

On Friday, 89 Republicans rejected an amendment which would have saved tens of thousands of teacher jobs and kept our public schools funded at current levels. Republicans were also wrong to force legislators to make false choices between important priorities such as jobs and health care.
We have a moral obligation to protect our most vulnerable citizens, especially children and the elderly, but unfortunately this budget leaves them behind. I support a responsible strategy combining smart budget cuts, use of the Rainy Day Fund and closing corporate tax loopholes to fund all of our important state priorities and strengthen our economy.”


Lee: GOP budget unfairly targets low income families

WASHINGTON- Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, ranking member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security and senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus last week to unveil the CBC’s Budget for FY2012.
Lee issued the following statement on the differences between the Republican Budget and the CBC Budget: “The Republican budget proposal goes beyond what is necessary to restore fiscal solvency in this country. It unfairly targets our Nation’s low income communities and senior citizens, while protecting the interests of the wealthiest Americans. The Republican budget will end Medicaid and Medicare as we know, and jeopardize the health care resources for millions of Americans. In Harris County alone, 600,000 people would directly affected by the Republican proposal to change Medicaid, and the same amount of people would be affected by cuts to Federal housing aid, and energy assistance programs.”
“In contrast, the CBC Budget will help create jobs through smart investments in our Nation’s infrastructure and education. Additionally, it will not dismantle and destroy Medicare and Medicaid that millions of American families depend on for their stability and well being. In order to move America forward, we must give all citizens equal opportunity for success. We must invest in future generations by funding education and job training programs, not cutting this funding by $250 billion. We need to invest in clean energy, and environmentally sound technology that will foster job growth, and continue to improve our infrastructure. This is the goal and aim of the 2012 Congressional Black Caucus Budget, and I am proud to support it.”*