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Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012
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Danny

First of all I am not writing this review to Bag on Houston. I am hoping that it will help some people not make the same mistake we did. Like Many others due to the recession we decided to leave San Diego after 15 years to Houston for a lower cost of living and a heathier economy. Now I have also lived all over the country Boston, Denver, Phoenix and Southern California. Houston definitely has a better economy but thats it. We have been here 3 months and we hate it with a passion. It is by far the Ugliest place I have ever lived and it is not a place for outdoor people. There are good restaurants so if you like to hang out at home all the time and just go out to eat you may like it. But now I know why Houston is one of the fattest cities in America. Our allergies are the worst they have ever been in our lives. Also do your research Houston is one of the cloudiest cities in America. If you live outside the loop Housing is cheap but inside the loop its really ridiculous what you pay to be in a decent neighborhood and the rent is high. I currently live in the heights and I pay $1800 for a 900 square foot 2 bedroom 1 bath house and that was a good deal here. I am only saving $300 from the same size house I had in gorgeous San Diego. The last thing I will touch on is the Crime. Like I said I have lived in Major cities all over but have never seen so much crime. Everyone has had there car broken into and there are shootings and Robberies everyday. All this and we havn't even hit summer which everyone tells me is hell. We are looking to move as soon as we can. Just do your do diligence. You only live once and the quality of your life is important.

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AHMED

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 6/20/2015
Hi I know this replay maybe a little old it is just i have simple question , if you are working at a multinational company in Houstan and your salary is way beyond the sky like, 75000 US dollar per year, Wouldn't you be happy ? or at least you can do whatever ou want. ? Is it possible for a young person to go there and work and makes a lot of money, like can i save 1000 US dollar a month for myself or that would be diffcult ?


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Sarah

re: - 11/12/2013
I agree with you Danny! I know this post is kind of old, but I am weighing the pros and cons of moving back to Chicago from Houston. I HATE Houston with a passion. I am actually shocked by all of the blogs that praise living in Houston. There is nothing to do except go out to eat and if you're religious, go to church! I can't get out of here fast enough. The economy is great, but that's it. I know that people complain about the cold and snow in Chicago, but at least there are fun things to do in the snow! Kids can go sledding, build snowmen, have snowball fights go skiiing, etc... Although Houston is beautiful in the winter, what is there to do really? And in the summer, you have two options- go swimming or stay inside. Sorry for all the negative comments, but I have had a really bad experience living down here being from the midwest. The people and culture are so incredibly different. Cost of living should not be the only consideration when moving to a new city!!


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Sharon

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 7/27/2012
I was born and bred a Houstonian - actually grew up in a little town west of Houston, so Ive seen it change a lot. You know what I can't wait for? To move away from Houston because of it being overrun by Yankees who think they know better and who bring their failed policies with them! You wanna go back home? DO IT. I want my Texas back.


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John

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 2/23/2012
I bag on Houston constantly and I feel like your review is spon on. I've live in Houston all my life and have travelled extensively - Houston is a place where jobs are plentiful but is socially inept. People are not in Houston for the culture or spring fed lakes (because there are none). They live in Houston for a materially rich life, which does not equal a happiness. Yes, you can own a home, commute an hour to everything (stree management?), own lots of stuff, pay nearly the highest auto insurance rate in the country - but is this a life? Desiree sounds like she speaks one language and has never left the country. The suburbs are a different kind of hell and Houston has been rated the worst city for pedestrians and manual modes of transportation (I am a cyclist). Cycling in Houston is one of survival and necessity if you want to stay in shap, not pleasure. People are fat because the effort and opportunity it takes to do anything healthy is too high and infrequent. The environment was based on economic efficiency - use and spend on cars, gas, things you don't need at a high rate, not about an environment meant to further human interaction or beauty. It's no wonder why creativity happens where people are happy and there are free exchange of ideas. Houston is a dumb place - literally and figurively.


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Desiree

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 2/8/2012
Danny, Your apartment is so high because you live in Yuppy land downtown (used to be trashy not many years ago). Go downtown in any big city and you will see crime. I lived in Houston for 25 years and I loved it. Just moved to Colorado a year ago. In Houston we lived in a very nice neighborhood in the suburbs in a beautiful house (half the price in CO) our children when to great schools, never heard a shooting or no one broke into our cars. There are outdoors activities you can do: you can go swimming every day, buy a house with a pool, go to the beach, go water skiing to any of the lakes. People go cycling all the times, there are all sorts of 5K or 10K, go dirt biking, we have festivals every week going on. Great theaters also great golf courses. Move to Woodlands, Sugarland, Kingwood, Katy (Cinco Ranch), West University, Friendswood, League City close to the sea, Memorial, Coles crossing subdivision is pretty. Cost of living in Houston is 13% lower than the US cost of living and unemployment is 8%. You don't have to be fat if you don't want to...lol but Houston has the best restaurants. I really don't know were you live that you hear shootings everyday but be realistic there are shootings in bad areas of San Diego, Arizona, Denver, etc. You have to live in a good area of town anywhere you go. I think you just miss San Diego and that is why everything is negative in Houston to you. We hated moving to Colorado in the beginning... old houses and ridiculously expensive, missed all the big city shopping and things to do, southern hospitality, etc. Now I like living here...I think you have to do what is best for you but please don't bash Houston based on your choices and opinions. Good Luck ;)


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Phil

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 2/8/2012
Danny, I'm not sure if you've explored other areas of Texas yet but I, like you, found that Houston; strong economy, low cost of living was great for many, but also didn't work for me. Being from the west coast also, I'd check out Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth....not perfect however, much, much happier. just sayin'.


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David

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 2/21/2012
I moved here two years ago from Ohio and I highly disagree. I love Houston. You can find a nice one bedroom apartment for about $525-$800. It all depends what you are use to. And if you don't mind living alittle outside the city there are huge nice homes and great neighborhoods for sale at great prices. And the crime seemed worse in Ohio. Like any major city you just have to be smart about where you are going at night.


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Eunice

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 9/13/2012
I agree with Marco's review above, if you chose to move from someplace like San Diego for a better cost of living such as Houston, DEAL with it. I'm a native Texan, and though Houston is not my first choice in Texas, Id rather live in Texas than in sunny california the rest of my life. Out here (Orange County), everyone is a skinny//neurotic/healthFREAK who actually PAYS to get a 'spray' sun tan. Out here, you drive a Lexus, BMW, Mercedes, but you live in a tiny house that costs 5 times as much as it would in Houston just so you can be close to the beach. All your income goes to just paying for your housing. My husband and I were lucky we were able to buy a tiny bedroom condo for $400K in Huntington Beach (2 miles from the beach), but we never go to the beach as we can't stand fighting the tourists. You say you like to do things outdoors, well, so does everyone else, so when you go hiking, biking, or running, you better get use to the human traffic. and Crime? it's the same everywhere and Ive lived in several places in the Country. Like Sharon said below who is also a native Texan, I'd tell you to 'get the heck' out of my State, we don't care for loud mouth Yankees, nor those So.Cal spray-tanned/gym rats who are neurotic about working out. You don't deserve to enjoy Texas low cost of Living. I personally can't wait to get out of Southern California and finally go home-Sweet-home to the Great State of Texas.


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Neize

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 3/4/2015
I´ve lived in Boston, Virginia, Maryland, New Orleans, Houston and now I´m overseas. Out of all places I´ve lived, Houston is FAR THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE! I suggest for you to move to the Galleria or West University area. Or it you don´t mind the drive, Katy, The Woodlands, Clearlake or Sugarland. All great places to live. Your problem is the place you live. The only advantage (today) is its proximity to downtown. Also, the Houstonians are warm and great people. I´m not living in Houston right now and could live anywhere in the States if I wanted to, but would not change Houston for any other place!


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Neize

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 3/4/2015
I´ve lived in Boston, Virginia, Maryland, New Orleans, Houston and now I´m overseas. Out of all places I´ve lived, Houston is FAR THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE! I suggest for you to move to the Galleria or West University area. Or it you don´t mind the drive, Katy, The Woodlands, Clearlake or Sugarland. All great places to live. Your problem is the place you live. The only advantage (today) is its proximity to downtown. Also, the Houstonians are warm and great people. I´m not living in Houston right now and could live anywhere in the States if I wanted to, but would not change Houston for any other place!


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Gioconda

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 9/10/2015
I also moved to Houston from California and hated it passionately with a few months. I am still stuck there due to financial problems. Please people. Read these reviews and take them seriously. Houston is a horrible city, and has only gotten worse in the three years since 2012. Horrible traffic, terrible crime, and hideous all the way around. Ugly city full of religious fanatics. Awful place.


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Guy

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 6/23/2012
You should have done a little research before you moved here. The towns surrounding Houston are beautiful and family-oriented with low crime and great housing. I live in Katy (25 minutes from downtown) and I am always amazed at how many people I see jogging or riding bikes here. Houston is a great city with lots to offer and a great economy, but living near downtown is probably not so great. Try Katy, Sugarland, The Woodlands, Cypress. I'm just saying....maybe do a little research before you move someplace and then decide you hate it.


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Ann

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 5/9/2012
I agree with Danny 100%. I've been living here for 10 years now and can't wait to move. First, yes the job market is very good, housing cheap, the cost of living is cheap but if you and have an active lifestyle and love the outdoors this is not theplace for you. The weather is horrible from April to November its too hot to do anything outdoors and if you wait for the evening the mosquitos will eat you. It is one of the uglies cities I've ever seen, the schools are ok, when people say great schools I ask compared to what? Texas standard? The lakes and beach are nasty the water is brown. The festivals are ok all you do is eat, people are fat, thats why they love the festivals, the museums and zoo are nice but how many times can you go. Restaurants are good that's all people do here shop and eat and crime yes there's a lot of it. It's hard to find festivals, clubs with descent people.


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Karen

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 1/8/2014
I have to disagree with you on the depiction of Houston. I lived in the Heights for four years where my rent for a 1100 SF house was $800 a month. The rest of the 20 years have been in Montrose, which is one of the more expensive neighborhoods due to ongoing gentrification (just on the cusp of downtown). The suburbs suck and I'd never live there with the cookie-cutter homes and strip malls. I rent a duplex built in 1920--three bedrooms, spacious dining, kitchen and living room--1500 SF for $1500 a month. It's rich in culture. Top-notch museums, contemporary arts scene, amazing music scene, the Orange Show, the art car museum and parades, countless meet-up groups for all interests, and weekly cultural festivals (like our infamous Gay Pride parade) are just a few examples. I know most of my neighbors and we always say hello and look out for each other. Summer weather is hell, but you learn to adjust. It sounds like you're unaware of any of these deep cultural opportunities--and made no effort to do so. Pick up a copy of the Houston Press and you'll see many events, including intimate nightclubs (for example, the Continental Club) featuring live music by local and national/international bands. Sounds like you haven't made any effort to meet people or take advantage of any goings-on I mention here. The rent you pay for where you live is over-priced and probably was the result of not doing any due diligence (or "do diligence"--sic). My suggestion is to leave your house/office and explore. Or quit your job and move back to (no sarcasm here) Southern California. We don't want you if you're to lazy to integrate and instead whine.


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Katherine

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 11/2/2012
You have obviously never visited nor lived in Detroit. I'm from Houston and would love to move back. I thought a urban exciting downtown would expand in MI, it didn't. Now I'm stuck in Detroit where multiple shootings happen with in the hour and long to move back to Houston. If your going to bag on "uppity" yankee's and terrible crime, try living on the other side.


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mary

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 4/22/2014
Sorry for necroing this thread but I just had to comment. I moved to Houston in June of 2013 after my husband died so I could be closer to my son so he could help take care of me. I am disabled. And that is where my nightmare begins....and ends. We lived in California (YaY San Fran) for many years and I was on Medicaid. That is the only help we have EVER received and we only got on Medicaid when my husband was diagnosed with cirrhosis (which is how he died) and could no longer work. We worked hard our entire lives before that and never asked for help.. Anyway...I digress. So I moved to Houston. I bought a beautiful home with the life insurance money (it was my husbands dying request) and applied for Medicaid. I was floored when I was denied because apparently in Texas you have to be ON Social Security (my application is in) AND receiving Medicare to qualify for Medicaid. The process to get on SS can take literally years and to make matters worse there is a 2 year waiting period for Medicare once you finally get approved. This is ridiculous and I have no idea what other disabled people who arent yet on Social Security do but here is what I was forced to do: I left. Lucky for me I had that option. Oh and BTW. I am back on Medicaid. The exact same program that Texas says I do not qualify for. So to all of you people telling us to leave: some of us do. I hope you all have a nice life with your litter strewn, filthy, crime infested, pollution filled (the recycling program there is shameful), poor excuse for a "city". Im back in a place where the people actually care what their city looks like and strive for a healthy, clean and happy population.


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krystal

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 6/4/2013
I am from Houston, TX and lived there until I was 22. My family is till in Houston until today. I've been living in Nashville for 6 years now and it's way better. Houston is ugly compared to other cities like nashville. No matter how many new homes you put up it will never look as good. I can live in a lower income area and till see the lake and mountains with out going an hour out the city. The people are waaaaayyyyyy more friendly. Most people who don't travel or never been outside of Texas get offended when you tell the truth. I've been to many different states and I tell you Houston is not the top of the list. I get way better paying jobs her and I actually see all the seasons of the year. Fall is so beautiful here. Houston doesn't have a Fall. OH, and I Love the mountains. For the price of housing in houston for less crime I get more modern and spacious living. I'm glad I left Houston and saw how life really is better when you don't have to worry about your safety constantly. I pay $700 for an apartement that would be $1,200 in Katy, Woodlands, Pearland and Sugarland. I agree life is too short don't waste it in a city where you can't enjoy nature.....


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Doug

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 7/12/2013
Let's see...you moved down here to sponge off of our economy? Cool. Please leave. Now...let's address the b.s.: Cloudiest city: not true. Crime rates: lower than any comparable city. Sorry, Boston is higher and smaller. Denver is smaller. Phoenix is way smaller. SoCal is far worse. Cost: Not much different than comparable cities. Actually, nevermind...Houston is terrible and dangerous and expensive...avoid it like the plague. We get tired of people moving down here to sponge off of our economy and low taxes who then decide to whine and moan all the time but never leave.


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Jim

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 6/26/2012
Very accurate and well said! I do hope others pay attention to you words.


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Lisa

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 11/27/2013
Wow. I was born and raised in upstate NY until 2009 When my husband and our daughter moved to Atlanta, Ga. I fell in love with it. Can't imagine leaving it. We have never thought of going back to NY. We do have a wonderful opportunity to relocate to Houston from here, but after reading all of these comments about "Yankees" and "get out of my state," I'm reassured that what I heard before was not a rumor. Many, if not most, "born and bred Texans" are arrogant and look down their noses at people who were not born there. What a shame. Many people who were born there think it's a horrible place to live. Other people move there and love it but are made to feel unwelcome. I will surely have to talk to my husband before we move our now extended family to a place where my children may not feel liked because they aren't a member of the "born and bred" club. Very sad. :(


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Shannon

re: Thinking Houston? Think again - 1/26/2012 - 8/11/2014
I couldn't agree with you more, Danny. This place is the worst place I have ever lived in. I have lived in Florida, NYC, LA and San Diego. Let's see... which is worst? The weather? The crime? The people? Ok. If you like hot and humid. If you don't mind your car getting broken into or a home invasion. If you like fat people, that are two faced, religious hypocrites and think that having a big house and carrying a Coach bag is the most important thing in the world. Then Come ON Down!!!! I have never met so many uneducated people in my life. There is nothing to do but eat. And boy, you will see a lot of eaters here. Roads and traffic are horrendous. Pros? Cost of living is good outside "The Loop". But you will be shunned by people outside of it. ("The Loop" is a highway around the city) Ummmmm, if you like Rodeos, they make a very big deal over it. Oh and hope that the football team is doing well because the Texan fans get very angry when they are losing. I know. Don't worry, Texas. I don't like and I am getting out.


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moving back after 5 years.missing home.

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tori
Belleville, MI

"Considering moving to Houston, Austin, or San Ant - 3/31/2015

Hello, I'm considering moving to Texas next year spring 2016. I live in Michigan and I hate it! The jobs are far and few in between, housing is cheap but the winters are brutal! I've lived in California, North Carolina, Illinois, and Virginia. I love living in the South. I'm a licensed cosmetologist and I'd more than likely be looking to work in a salon or a spa. I'm not married and have no children. I'm an outdoors kind of gal and I want to live in a safe and diverse area. I hear traffic is crazy! Well, having lived in five different states and I've learned traffic is crazy everywhere!

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JC
Cypress, TX

Cypress, TX - 3/26/2015

Cypress is a terrific place to live. Cypress is growing dramatically. Unfortunately it is not listed in your cities in TX.

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Eric
Houston, TX

in response to john about his Houston review - 3/1/2015

In response to john: I agree totally. As a member of the "tell lies about Houston to keep anymore liberals from wanting to relocate to Houston" club or TLAHTKALFWTRTH This city sucks. :) The racist john thinks there are to many people of color - to much diversity. He is one of those northern whites 'who has education' and who feels guilty with other people's money - and hopefully now he is back in an area of the country where he is free to practice socialism. Of course we have lots of uneducated people here. He and his ilk have been forcefully opening up our borders for the illegals and all the diseases they bring so they can win elections in perpetuity. He helps bring the illegals in and then complains about them. Isn't that just like a white liberal - whip the slave and complain they make too much noise when groaning? Texas and Arizona are the first stops in the illegals transit across America but it's not the final destination for many of them. Your cities, towns, jobs, and hospitals will be next. Our freeways are busy with traffic and we don't spend a lot of time looking at our speedometers. Speed signs might say "60" but those in the left lanes are going 75-80 and those in the right lanes are going 65-70. The ones causing the wrecks seem to be the ones that are going 55, those talking on their cell phones, those texting while driving, or those driving while tired, drunk, or high - in other words - the Mr. or Ms. Anyone.

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Daniel
Chicago, IL

Houston or Chicago??? - 11/30/2014

Hi Everyone, I know there are plenty of threads out there about which city is better. I don't think any city is better over another. It's a matter of perspective and personal taste. I'm thinking about moving from Chicago to Houston but there are some topics I'd like to discuss with people living in Houston and specially from people who have lived in Chicago and moved to Houston. Below is a list of things that matter to me and perhaps you can guide me to make the correct decision. Here is the list. 1. Salary/cost of living: I know Houston is more affordable than Chicago. But how do salaries compare? 2. Weather: One of the main reasons I want to run away from Chicago, it's way too cold for me. I grew up in Laredo, TX which is WAY too hot. People also complain about Houston because is way too humid. 3. Nightlife/outdoors activities: Although I'm not a party animal, I like to go out and meet people. I also enjoy activities like running, playing soccer, rock climbing etc. 4. Culture: This is one good reason I love Chicago. People are very open, friendly, and kind. I can easily have a conversation with a cab driver, neighbor, co-worker etc. 5. Transporation/commuting time: Chicago has extremely convenient methods of transportation. I take a bus which takes me to work in less than 25 minutes. I know most people drive in Houston. What's the average commute time from work to home? I understand this varies but I would hate to drive an hour to get to work. 6. Crime: I live in one of the safest neighborhoods in Chicago. I'm assuming it varies by neighborhood in Houston. Can you elaborate on your experiences you had in the past regarding crime in the area? Here are the things I like about Chicago: Convenient transporation and fast commute to work Great culture Great restaurants and outdoor activities Things I don't like: Cost of living is a bit expensive compared to Texas Weather. It's cold 8 months of the year Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

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john
Houston, TX

ghetto swamp - 11/19/2014

It's no surprise that Houston has one of the most uneducated populations of any major (or minor) city in the U.S. Most of the people truly are ignorant and plain dumb. Its a city filled with third world immigrants from places such as India, Mexico, El Salvador and Pakistan. I am one of the few educated white people that live here. Besides the incredibly high crime rate, the drivers are horrible! Lots of hit and run accidents by uninsured motorists and anyone who dares to walk in their neighborhood should be very afraid. People here don't obey driving laws and dont care to. People talk about the cheap cost of living. First, it isnt all that cheap anymore and second, if you own property, the property taxes are some of the highest in the natiom. It is one big ugly strip mall. No charm or character at all. I am moving soon but thought I would tell people straight up the deal with Houston

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Tiffany
Princeton, NJ

Relocating To Houston (HELP) - 11/10/2014

I am a single parent from NJ looking to relocate to Houston, TX. Well the suburbs where I can raise my child & experience something different than high priced NJ where your $1 goes nowhere. Any advice on where to live and how to find a job out of state before I move? I currently am a executive assistant at a pharmaceutical company making 36K/year.

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unknown
Houston, TX

ST THERESA CATHOLIC SCHOOL HOUSTON TEXAS - 10/27/2014

Do not send your child to this school. I am withdrawing my child from this school. My child attended for 2 1/2 years. The principal is very unprofessional, not qualified, and vindictive. She is known for bullying her staff and the parents. She got rid of my child's 3rd grade teacher 2 yrs ago because the teacher begin questioning her about missing budget money. The teacher was dismissed with 3 weeks remaining in the school year. The kids cried for the entire 3 weeks!! The principal placed the teacher under a "gag" order whereas if she communicated with the parents, students, or staff, she would not receive her remaining salary. I found this out from the "expelled" teacher. This year she threatened to expel my daughter, (who has NEVER been in ANY trouble) because she didn't like that I told her my child needed to go to her locker to retrieve her study guide for a test after school dismissal. I pay FULL tuition at the school and participated in multiple fundraising events. I was actively involved in my daughter's school. When the incident with the locker occurred, the principal also threatened to call the police for me....based on (her exact words) "abusive language". I don't like to be threatened, so I told her while she stood in front of me blocking my 9 yr old's path to her locker; I'd call the police for her via my cell phone. I called 911 and the operator said NOT TO EXPECT A VISIT, because abusive language was not an offense. Please note I NEVER USED VULGARITY OR PROFANITY WITH THE PRINCIPAL. She just felt she could intimidate me like she does her staff and the other parents. Nevertheless I made both threats her reality. She threatened to call the police, I called 911 for her. Proving to her, she could not intimidate a paying parent who follows the rules. Secondly, she threatened to expel my daughter, who had NEVER been in any trouble at the school...I sent the principal a withdrawal letter removing my child from the school 5 hours later. If you don't want to experience the bullying and intimidation tactics of this principal, DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE. I'm financially able to pay full tuition anywhere and I have a child who can get accepted to other schools, hence I was able to not let this lady push me around like the does her staff and the other parents. Oh, by the way, my 9 yr old daughter was standing there crying and begging the principal while she threatened to expel her and to call the police for her mother. My child only wanted to go to her locker to get her study materials for her test, after I had gone through the pick up line, so she could make a passing grade on her test

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Kelley
Houston, TX

Houston Climate - 10/27/2014

Houston is hot and humid most of the year.

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