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Will Congress Renew CHIP Before Texas Funding Runs Out?

Posted on · Insurance coverage for more than 390,000 Texas children and pregnant women is in jeopardy. Patrick Bresette, executive director of the Children's Defense Fund’s Texas office, joins us to discuss how the CHIP program works, its history, and what hurdles remain to its reauthorization.

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Should Beloved Arts School Be Renamed Kinder HSPVA?

Posted on · (Above: The current campus of HSPVA — the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Construction is underway for the school’s new downtown campus, which is set to open to students in late 2018. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) Last fall, the HISD’s board approved changing the name of its flagship arts high […]

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State Funding for Higher Education Shrinks as Families Face Increases in College Tuition

Posted on · A new series from The Texas Tribune highlights the struggles Texans face in paying for college in the state – and also the struggle the state faces in funding its public colleges and universities. Reporter Matthew Watkins joins us to discuss what the Tribune has found out about both plights and how it all affects […]

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Should Pre-K Funding Be a Priority in the 2017 Legislative Session?

Posted on · Back in 2015, lawmakers set aside some $130 million over two years for some pre-K programs in the state. But did House Bill 4 go far enough? The Austin-based think tank the Center for Public Policy Priorities recently suggested that, while research shows positive results for state-supported pre-K programs, Texas regularly receives low marks for […]

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How Far Do Your Tax Dollars Go Toward Road Funding?

Posted on · Your gas tax dollars and vehicle registration fees are supposed to cover the cost of building and maintaining our road system here in Texas, but a public interest group out of Austin says that’s not the case. A new report from the Texas Public Interest Research Group says drivers actually pay for less than half […]

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State Parks Face a ‘Crisis,’ But Will the Legislature Come to Their Aid?

Posted on · At a recent hearing of the House Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee at the Texas Capitol, funding for Texas parks was up for discussion. We hear from Carter Smith, the Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department about what our state parks need. Smith was quoted in a Texas Tribune article as saying that […]

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How Are Road Projects in Houston Paid For?

Posted on · We talk with Houston Public Media’s Gail Delaughter about how all types of road projects across Texas are funded, from how federal transportation funding finds its way to Texas, to how the city of Houston funds its ReBuild Houston program, and to how a city council move last week allows Council members to earmark ReBuild funds […]

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Houstonians Are Using Crowdfunding to Launch Businesses and Ideas

Posted on · The Internet has become a valuable tool for many people, including plenty here in Houston, to raise funds for everything from schools to business ideas. So-called crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow users to tap into potential capital from around the world to launch a new product or funds to complete an art project. […]

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At What Age Should Public Education Begin?

Posted on · Some see value in Pre-K programs as a way to ensure children are ready to learn by kindergarten. Others see an unnecessary expansion of public education. Underlying it all are fundamental questions, like at what age should formal education really begin for a child? And shouldn’t preparation for school really happen at home? We talk it […]