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How Did Your School Fare in the Latest School Rankings?

Posted on · Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston, and across Texas. The organization’s goal: to identify which schools are succeeding and which are struggling as a way to encourage parents, teachers, and the community at large to discuss ways to improve public education. The 2017 report […]

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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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A Look At Bilingual Education in Houston

Posted on · The Texas Association for Bilingual Education is hosting its annual conference this week (Oct. 19-22) in Galveston. TABE’s mission is to promote the implementation of educational policies and effective bilingual-bi-cultural programs that promote equal educational opportunity for bilingual and ESL students. It’s the largest bilingual education conference in Texas, and organizers expect more than 1,500 […]

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The Challenges of Teaching Harris County’s Special Populations

Posted on · The Harris County Department of Education recently hired Darlene Breaux as its new director of special populations for their teaching and learning center. “Special populations” is a term that covers a range of different needs students have. It can be kids for whom English is a second language, children with dyslexia, those who are gifted and talented, kids […]

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Opting Out of the STAAR Test: What Are the Consequences?

Posted on · HISD says students who miss the STAAR test this year because their parents choose to have them opt out will not be disciplined. Nevertheless, will a growing opt-out movement make any difference in the purpose, value and impact of the annual standardized test? To find out, Paige Phelps talked with school psychologist Sarah Becker and […]

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The State of Houston’s Education in 2016

Posted on · Today, we continue our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what’s happening here in education, with News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee.