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Houston Public Media Wins 11 Lone Star Awards

Posted on · Houston Public Media was honored to receive 11 Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards including a sweep of the TV Photojournalist of the Year category. Hosted by the Houston Press Club, the annual Lone Star Awards recognize achievements its members make in journalism and mass communications in the state of Texas.

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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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Furr High School is Trying to Rethink High School, Including How Teachers are Hired

Posted on · (Above: Furr High School is experimenting with a new model for education, including how they hire teachers. Here, administrators watched applicants on a live video feed as they tried to solve clues and “escape the room” during the interview process. Photo: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media) News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee has been following […]

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Two Diverse Counties, Two Very Different Election Outcomes

Posted on · News 88.7 recently examined two diverse neighborhoods to understand why one went red and the other blue in the 2016 election. The investigative reporting launches Houston Public Media’s DiverseCity initiative, a year-long look at what Houston’s diversity really means for the city. We talk with News 88.7 reporters Laura Isensee and Andrew Schneider about their reporting from […]

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HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza: Friday’s Show (February 17, 2017)

Posted on · On Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2017), HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza spoke at the annual State of the Schools Luncheon. He’s been at the helm of the district since last fall (2016). So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with him about his progress so far and the biggest issues facing public schools in Houston. […]

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Report Cards are Coming: Texas Prepares to Give Its Schools Letter Grades

Posted on · A new state system that will grade Texas public schools from A to F debuts in August of 2018. But, as of Friday (Jan. 6, 2017), you can now go online and see a provisional rating of how your child’s school would have performed had it been graded on that scale now. A year ahead […]

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The Year In Education, and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Opera: Tuesday’s Show (December 13, 2016)

Posted on · This week, we’re recapping this past year’s biggest news stories with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, energy, politics, arts and culture and sports. Today, we explore the year in education. In January, Mike Morath started his role as commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. He’s a known advocate for school choice and previously served […]

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Will Education Funding Be a Priority in the Next Legislature?

Posted on · The Texas Legislature meets in a month, and on the first day of legislative bill filing, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released his list of top legislative priorities. One of them includes possible changes to how public education is funded in the state. We discuss the likelihood of that — and how it could affect Greater Houston schools with […]

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Houston’s Economic Forecast, and The Beatles and the Astrodome: Thursday’s Show (December 8, 2016)

Posted on · What kind of year has it been for the Greater Houston? And what will 2017 hold? At a Houston Region Economic Outlook event on Friday, (Dec. 9, 2016), the Greater Houston Partnership will unveil its job forecast for 2017. On this edition of Houston Matters, we take a sneak peak at that – and look back at […]

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From Charter Schools to Dropouts: American Education Issues Echo in Pakistan

Posted on · News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee recently completed a reporting fellowship in Pakistan with the International Center for Journalists. While she was there, she interviewed students and educators and found some interesting connections between the issues facing educators both in Pakistan and the United States. For example, charter schools are starting to spring up in […]

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Revamping Foster Care and Building Better Suburbs: Wednesday’s Show (November 30, 2016)

Posted on · In March, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. The court appointed two Special Masters to oversee the system revamp. Francis McGovern and Kevin Ryan began their appointed positions in April. Then, earlier this  month, the Special Masters […]

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Ready, Set, Vote: Checking In on Houston Polling Places

Posted on · It’s Election Day — finally! Voters across the region are casting their ballots today for President, Congress, state representatives, judgeships and other offices. HISD voters are considering a proposition over how to pay money to other school districts under the Lone Star State’s recapture policy. Harris County voters are deciding who will serve as Sheriff and […]