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Children at Risk School Rankings: Monday’s Show (April 27, 2015)

Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston, and across Texas. Their 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 2015 report is […]

Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston, and across Texas. Their 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 2015 report is out today, and on this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the findings with Children at Risk President and CEO Dr. Robert Sanborn.

Also this hour: Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine say the lung disease tuberculosis is still prevalent in the United States today, including here in the state of Texas. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were more than 1,200 cases of TB in the state in 2013; nearly 300 of them in Harris County. That’s the most in any county statewide. Experts at Baylor believe more accurate diagnostic testing is needed to catch the disease early, especially in children. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin will learn more from Dr. Anna Mandalakas, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor, and Director of the Global Tuberculosis Program at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Plus: The Dallas Mavericks staved off elimination in their first round series against the Houston Rockets Sunday night (4/26/15). The Mavs’ 121-109 victory means the series shifts back to the Toyota Center for Game 5 Tuesday night (4/28/15), with the Rockets still holding a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.

And yet – even amid the excitement of the NBA Playoffs, the Rockets’ postseason success thus far may not be the biggest story in Houston sports. If you haven’t been paying attention (and considering the product that’s been on the field in recent years, who could blame you?) the Houston Astros are in first place in the AL West by 2.5 games, after sweeping the Oakland A’s and winning eight of their last ten games. We discuss these and other developments in Houston sports, as we do most Mondays, with MK Bower.

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