08.06.2012 [39online.com] - This is not exactly shocking, according to district spokesman JasonSpencer. "We knew this was going to be a much tougher test, and it delivered," he said. The STAR test replaced the TAKS test, and HISD officials say it's a lot harder.
08.06.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer Nando's Peri Peri, a flamed-grilled Portuguese chicken restaurant, will open its eighth location in the Washington metro area Wednesday at Pentagon Row. The restaurant will host mock service Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the grand
07.06.2012 [MyFox Houston] - We knew this new set of exams was going to be tough and was going to really stretch our students," said JasonSpencer, HISD's spokesman. Nearly half of HISD's 9th graders failed the STAAR end of course writing exam. More than 40 percent missed the mark
05.06.2012 [Houston Chronicle] - The plan is under way - the administration considered the recruiting incentive an emergency - but the board still needs to sign off, said HISD spokesman JasonSpencer. The district is targeting teachers who work with ninth- and 12th-graders
02.06.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer and James Cullum Former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe, a likely 2013 Virginia gubernatorial candidate, spoke Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Democratic Party of Virginia's state convention at George Mason University in Fairfax.
01.06.2012 [Houston Chronicle] - HISD spokesman JasonSpencer would not discuss the district's test results until all the scores were compiled, but he said a "significant number" of ninth-graders failed the end-of-course exams and will have to retake them.
31.05.2012 [Detroit Free Press] - Wilson: Matt Puhy, left, Taylor Wallace, Chad Nicefield, Kyle Landry and JasonSpencer. / JOE GALL Heavy riffing, hook-laden choruses loaded with melody and an undeniable burst of energy have made me an instant fan of Detroit rock 'n' rollers Wilson.
31.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer A world-renowned earthquake engineer who spent more than 30 years with the National Science Foundation engaged in a five-year scheme to pocket thousands of dollars in gifts and fraudulent payments, the US Department of Justice
31.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer An Arlington man faces three assault charges after police say he attacked them while drunk in a Shirlington hotel. Jose Miguel Gomez, 24, has been arrested and charged with malicious wounding on law enforcement, attempted malicious
31.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer After two highly competitive Readers' Choice rounds to determine who has the best beer selection in Clarendon, readers in Round 3 seemed to be a bit tapped out. Still, we're happy to say local staple Whitlow's on Wilson emerged as the
30.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer A 26-year-old alleged bank robber was taken into custody Wednesday morning approximately five minutes after a witness called police. Nathaniel Rush, 26, of College Park, Md., was arrested and charged with bank robbery and is currently
30.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer Police have arrested a 57-year-old Lyon Park man accused of shooting at a new acquaintance after the two drank and had an argument over their spiritual beliefs. Laselle Booker, of Arlington, has been charged with attempted malicious
30.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer Arlington Independent Media has a few remaining spots open for its two-week Video Production Camp for 10- to 13-year-olds. The camp is designed to introduce young filmmakers to the basic concepts of media literacy and crucial thinking.
25.05.2012 [KETK] - ... he drove to his house with a female student on board and also took her to a fast food restaurant. The bus driver, Charles Primes, stopped at his house while a female student was on the bus in early May, said HISD spokesman JasonSpencer on Thursday.
24.05.2012 [KPRC Houston] - The district's JasonSpencer said the girl's mother told HISD transportation officials that on May 3, her daughter was the only student left on the bus when Primes made a stop at his own home. "(He) had asked her daughter if she had wanted to come
24.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By Will Sommer and JasonSpencer An upcoming tax holiday will help Virginians prepare for hurricane season, according to the Virginia Department of Taxation. No sales tax will be collected on qualifying items (found here) in Virginia from Friday to
23.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer The Arlington County Board on Tuesday authorized spending up to $765000 for renovations to the Clarendon Metro plaza. The upgrades will include additional paving to the park area in between Clarendon and Wilson boulevards adjacent to
23.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer The Arlington County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the sale of $110 million of general obligation bonds to fund a variety of projects, from school construction to a park and community center. The bonds will be sold on the
18.05.2012 [Houston Chronicle] - HISD spokesman JasonSpencer said the district plans to develop its own policy this summer. In the Clear Creek Independent School District, teachers are restricted from "friending" students on Facebook and from communicating with students through
18.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer "Lady of Rain" by Yorktown High School student Ryan Carroll won the 8th Congressional District art competition and will be displayed at the US Capitol for one year. More than 60 pieces of art created by high school students across the
18.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By Shaun Courtney and JasonSpencer Crews for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network spent much of Thursday afternoon shooting scenes for an upcoming Washington Nationals promo. The crew's art director described the Arlington location as "beautiful" and
18.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By Shaun Courtney and JasonSpencer Why Go: This is the 10th year of Concerts in the Park and the 2012 season promises to be better than ever. Sunday, look for music from Georgetown's own amazing singer and songwriter, Rebecca McCabe, plus balloons
15.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer The Courthouse-based company announced this month that, after five years, its software has helped people across the globe save 1 terawatt-hour of energy. The business expects to reach that goal a second time by the end of 2012.
15.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By Erica R. Hendry, JasonSpencer, and Leslie Perales Local and national bike organizations are encouraging cyclists to ditch their cars this week for Bike to Work Week, a national celebration that aims to encourage people across the country to bike to
15.05.2012 [Patch.com] - By JasonSpencer The Arlington County Police Department charged a 31-year-old man with peeping in the Lyon Park community this weekend. Erdenbulag Khosbagana, of Arlington, was arrested early Saturday, according to police.