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Inside the Classroom: Two Students, Two High Schools, Two Very Different Experiences

Just because students attend school in the same district doesn’t mean they have the same experience. In fact, their education might reveal extreme contrasts. Consider these two high schools: One campus, Carnegie Vanguard, is ranked as one of the best high schools in the entire country. The other, Westbury High, is failing to prepare students […]

Inside the Classroom Student Congress HISD Students

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Just because students attend school in the same district doesn't mean they have the same experience. In fact, their education might reveal extreme contrasts.

Consider these two high schools: One campus, Carnegie Vanguard, is ranked as one of the best high schools in the entire country. The other, Westbury High, is failing to prepare students for college and jobs after high school, according to the state's rating system.

Senior Zaakir Tameez, 17, attends that first campus. Aviance Obie, 17, is a junior at the second school. The two met this year in the new HISD Student Congress, a grassroots advocacy group, and quickly realized that an Advanced Placement, or AP, class at one campus didn't stack up to an AP class at the other.

They talk about how they realized those differences and what they are trying to do to improve them in the latest installment of News 88.7’s occasional series Inside the Classroom from education reporter Laura Isensee.

(Above: Zaakir Tameez, 17, is a senior at Carnegie Vanguard High School and a founder of the new HISD Student Congress. Aviance Obie, 17, is a junior at Westbury High and a member of the new HISD Student Congress.)

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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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