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School Construction and LibroFEST: Thursday’s Show (October 1, 2015)

In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine this budget battle over […]

In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine this budget battle over school construction. We talk with HISD Chief of Staff Jason Spencer, Houston Federation of Teachers President Zeph Capo, and Houston Chronicle education reporter Ericka Mellon.

Also: From time to time on Houston Matters, we aim to offer you a public service by fielding your questions on all manner of topics, from personal health to pet care to today’s topic: financial planning. We welcome your e-mails and calls for Brian Zschiesche, a Certified Financial Planner with Financial Synergies here in Houston. He’s ready to tackle any questions you might have about mutual funds and IRAs, 401Ks and bonds, paying down debt or earning interest, day-to-day budgeting…you name it.

Plus: Latino writers and literature will be celebrated this Saturday at the annual LibroFEST, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Houston Public Library’s Central Library downtown. The event kicks off with a screening of “War and Peace,” the third episode in the PBS six part series called Latino Americans, followed by a panel discussion. To learn more about it, Catherine Lu from Houston Public Media’s Arts and Culture Unit sits down with event organizers Marina Tristán of Arte Público Press and Carmen Peña Abrego from the Houston Public Library.

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