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Texas Water Issues, and Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening: Wednesday’s Show (January 11, 2017)

Later this month (Jan. 23-27, 2017), policymakers and conservationists will gather in Austin for the Water for Texas 2017 conference to discuss all things water-related in the state. One of the speakers at the event is Luke Metzger of Environment Texas. He tells us what his main concerns are related to water quality and supply […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaLater this month (Jan. 23-27, 2017), policymakers and conservationists will gather in Austin for the Water for Texas 2017 conference to discuss all things water-related in the state. One of the speakers at the event is Luke Metzger of Environment Texas. He tells us what his main concerns are related to water quality and supply prior to the conference.

Also this hour…

Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening

A new study form the Journal of the American College of Radiology says there are significant differences in breast cancer screening rates for racial groups in the U.S. Why? We discuss what’s being done on the local level to address screening deficiencies with Dorothy Gibbons, co-founder and CEO of The Rose, a breast health organization in Houston.

TEA Preliminary School Rankings

A new state system that will grade Texas public schools from A to F debuts in August of 2018. But, as of Friday (Jan. 6, 2017), you can now go online and see a provisional rating of how your child’s school would have performed had it been graded on that scale now. A year ahead of the new system’s launch, it’s drawing some criticism. Currently, Texas public schools and school districts are given one of two ratings: “met standard” or “improvement needed.”

The new system would give them grades of A, B, C, D or F. Proponents of the new system say it’s easier for parents and students to understand. Critics say the system isn’t fair to poorer schools and plan to fight it in the upcoming legislative session.

Laura Isensee, News 88.7’s education reporter, walks us through the new system and the arguments for and against it.

Pleasant Bend

Dan Worrall, a member of the Harris County Historical Commission, recently published a book about the history of west Houston called Pleasant Bend. The book grew of his efforts to save an early Texas graveyard from destruction, hidden away from the modern world near Post Oak Boulevard where his second great grandparents are buried. Maggie Martin talks with Worrall about the book.

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