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Magnet Programs, Media’s Coverage of Crime, and a Song for Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On past programs, we’ve explored a variety of alternative forms of education, from Montessori schools to dual language programs. We’ve talked about efforts to focus education on preparing students for STEM careers – jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. Many public schools throughout Greater Houston offer specialized curriculum. They’re what are known as magnet […]

On past programs, we’ve explored a variety of alternative forms of education, from Montessori schools to dual language programs. We’ve talked about efforts to focus education on preparing students for STEM careers – jobs in science, technology, engineering and math.

Many public schools throughout Greater Houston offer specialized curriculum. They’re what are known as magnet schools. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with three school officials about their respective magnet programs. And to get a sense of how magnet schools stack up against other schools here in Houston, we’ll talk with Dr. Robert Sanborn, President and CEO of Children at Risk, an organization which, among other efforts, ranks Houston’s public schools every year.

Also this hour: how Houston crime is covered by media here – and how that coverage, in turn, impacts our perceptions of crime. We’ll discuss it with Mike O’Neill, an Executive Producer at KHOU CBS 11, Wayne Dolcefino, a former longtime investigative reporter for KTRK ABC 13, and Garth Jowett, Professor of Communication at the University of Houston.

Plus: The challenges inherent in defining and representing Houston in just one song. A collaboration between the Houston Symphony, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, and composer Jeff Walton has resulted in a “Song for Houston.” St. John Flynn from Houston Public Media’s Arts and Culture Unit will report.

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