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Charter School Waiting Lists and Remembering John Bradshaw: Friday’s Show (May 13, 2016)

Families Empowered, a Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to helping families choose the right schools for their children, says many area charter schools are bogged down with long waiting lists. The group says more than 32,000 students in Houston were placed on a waiting list for a seat at one of three high-performing public charter schools for the 2015-2016 […]

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Families Empowered, a Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to helping families choose the right schools for their children, says many area charter schools are bogged down with long waiting lists. The group says more than 32,000 students in Houston were placed on a waiting list for a seat at one of three high-performing public charter schools for the 2015-2016 school year.

On this edition Houston Matters, we talk with Ann Ziker, executive director of the charter school system YES Prep Public Schools, about this trend, the challenges it presents and what can be done to end the wait list — or at the least-shorten it. And we talk with Mark Smith of HISD about how such long wait lists are affecting the district’s magnet programs. And we draw comparisons between that trend and the trend seen in charter schools.

Also this hour…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

From the HISD board voting on new names for seven schools (many of which replace names of figures with ties to the Confederacy), to Houston and Texas ties to the growing national debate this week over transgender restroom accommodations (including Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wanting a superintendent to resign for establishing restroom guidelines for transgender students), we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news with “non-expert” panelists:

– Natalie Arceneaux, oil and gas consultant and former host of the conservative talk show The Civil Right;
– Joe Holley, “Native Texan” columnist for the Houston Chronicle;
– Marcus Davis, owner of The Breakfast Klub restaurant and host of Sunday Morning Live on Majic 102.1.

Remembering John Bradshaw

On Sunday (May 8, 2016), author, counselor, motivational speaker and TV personality John Bradshaw died. The fourth-generation Houstonian was a pioneer in the self-help movement. He wrote a half-dozen books and appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, including popular limited-run series on PBS called The Eight Stages of Man and Bradshaw On: The Family. In 2013, Bradshaw discussed his life and work with Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse. We share some highlights.

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