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Progress Or Precarious? Two Takes On The State Of Houston Schools

Progress or precarious? Innovation or stagnation? How well Houston public schools are doing depends on who’s talking. At his sixth annual update, Terry Grier, the superintendent for the Houston Independent School District, said they are among the best in the country. But the same morning, dozens of activists took to the streets to highlight problems […]

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Progress or precarious? Innovation or stagnation? How well Houston public schools are doing depends on who's talking.

At his sixth annual update, Terry Grier, the superintendent for the Houston Independent School District, said they are among the best in the country. But the same morning, dozens of activists took to the streets to highlight problems they see, like high-stakes testing at the expense of librarians and art teachers.

The two different takes on the state of Houston schools follow different approaches to education, but they seem to agree on one thing: a need for more equity in education.

Houston Public Media’s education reporter Laura Isensee reports.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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