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Restorative Justice and The Good the Bad & the Ugly of Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, April 11, 2014

A conference being held at the University of Houston tomorrow will focus on a program that educators say will keep more students in school. The program is called restorative justice, and it aims to resolve conflicts within the school by creating a dialogue between teachers and students. It’s meant to serve as an alternative to […]

A conference being held at the University of Houston tomorrow will focus on a program that educators say will keep more students in school. The program is called restorative justice, and it aims to resolve conflicts within the school by creating a dialogue between teachers and students. It’s meant to serve as an alternative to suspension and expulsion.

Houston Public Media’s Education Reporter Laura Isensee recently visited a school in Spring Branch, where students and teachers are already putting the program into practice. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll hear what she learned, and talk with a teacher and student who have taken part in it.

Also this hour: from recognition of online transparency from the Texas Comptroller’s office, to HISD’s findings in an investigation into cheating by teachers on high-stakes testing, to a recent Houston Astros’ TV broadcast garnering a 0.0 rating, we explore “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” of Houston news, with our rotating panel of “non-experts.” Joining us today: Business Makers radio host Russ Capper, Texas Leftist blogger Wayne Ashley, and Lisa Falkenberg from the Houston Chronicle.

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