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How Dangerous is Lead in Houston School Drinking Water?

Posted on · Environment Texas, an Austin-based environmental advocacy group, recently gave Texas a failing grade on keeping drinking water safe in public school districts. In a report from the group released late last month, they noted that 65 percent of Texas schools tested have measured unsafe levels of lead. And HISD is included in that bunch, having […]

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HISD Superintendent Calls For ‘Investment’ In Public Education, More Centralized District

Posted on · On Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2017), HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza spoke at the annual State of the Schools luncheon. He outlined his priorities and some challenges the district faces. Right at the top of those priorities, Richard Carranza put funding for arts education, even if budgets are tight. “All children deserve a rich artistic experience as part of […]

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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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Educators and Activists Discuss Banned Books Week

Posted on · This week (Sept. 25 — Oct. 1, 2016) is Banned Books Week, celebrating intellectual freedom and the freedom to read in the United States. In her web series Writing the City, Houston Public Media’s Dacia Clay is highlighting the event all this week with interviews with educators and activists. That included a conversation with James […]