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Full Show: Controversy At Furr H.S., And Reauthorizing CHIP (Oct. 12, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: We learn the latest on Furr High School's reassigned principal, Dr. Bertie Simmons, who's under scrutiny for her administrative practices. We learn about the fate of the Children's Health Insurance Program. And we meet Brazilian artist Tony Paraná.

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Students Share Their Stories About Life at Unorthodox Furr HS

Posted on · (Above: Furr senior Milburgo Mora participated in many activities at school, including the Green Ambassadors and the media team. During his sophomore year, he and his friends would hang out at this rock, where students could write graffiti. Photo: Eric Kayne)This year, News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee has been following developments at Houston’s Furr High […]

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How a Retired Teacher Made Peace Between Rival Gangs at Furr High School

Posted on · (Above: Furr High School Bertie Simmons and a student. Photo: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media) Bertie Simmons was a longtime educator in Houston schools who’d retired to a happy life as a grandmother. Then, her granddaughter died suddenly in a skiing accident. Simmons decided to honor her granddaughter’s dream of doing good in the world by […]

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Finding Millions in Housing Funds, and Speech Therapy Cuts: Thursday’s Show (May 25, 2017)

Posted on · (Photo: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media) The City of Houston’s Housing Department suddenly has $46 million more for affordable housing projects. How? It started with some investigative reporting from the Houston Chronicle. On today’s edition of Houston Matters, Michael Hagerty has reporters Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris explain. The oversight was uncovered after the Chronicle’s Freedom of […]

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A Conversation With Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons

Posted on · Earlier this month (Sept. 14, 2016) Furr High School on Houston’s east side was one of ten schools nationwide to receive a $10 million grant from Steve Jobs’ widow, rewarding the school for reinventing how it educates its students. The local school will get the money over five years. A key figure in the school’s reinvention is […]