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HISD Recapture and Sunnyside: Tuesday’s Show (October 25, 2016)

Texas state lawmaker Jimmy Don Aycock recently bemoaned how “property value increases have triggered the ‘Robin Hood’ feature” of a school funding system which, in essence, requires HISD to send money to other districts. Aycock notes the same thing has happened to Austin, Spring Branch and other districts — and the Dallas school district may face […]

School Bus Education Illustration - MHagertyTexas state lawmaker Jimmy Don Aycock recently bemoaned how “property value increases have triggered the ‘Robin Hood’ feature” of a school funding system which, in essence, requires HISD to send money to other districts. Aycock notes the same thing has happened to Austin, Spring Branch and other districts — and the Dallas school district may face much the same in future years.

So, just what’s going on, and why does it have lawmakers and education officials worked up about school funding? And what will a “yes” or “no” vote on an associated ballot measure (Proposition 1) on Election Day accomplish? On this edition of Houston Matters, News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee tells us about this school funding system also called “recapture” and why some see it as unfair.

Also this hour…

Revamping Houston’s Sunnyside Neighborhood

Last night (Oct. 24, 2016), Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins of District D held a community town hall to address the priorities of addressing Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood. The meeting comes just a few weeks after a joint report by the Texas Organizing Project and Texas Low Income Housing Information Service.

We discuss what issues Sunnyside residents would like to see addressed and possible solutions to addressing those concerns.

MORE: Crime and Promise in Houston’s Sunnyside Neighborhood

Program To Reduce Teen Pregnancies Expands in Greater Houston

We Can Do More is a program designed to help reduce teen pregnancies. The program has received funding to expand to five new neighborhoods of Greater Houston. We learn more from Dr. Kimberly Johnson, program manager and faculty associate at UTHealth School of Public Health.

Skyline Sessions: The Peterson Brothers

Brothers Glenn Peterson (age 19) and Alex Peterson (age 17) grew up in Bastrop, Texas, where at a very young age they were introduced to the music of Earth, Wind & FireThe Isley BrothersThe Brothers Johnson and B.B. King. Since becoming musical prodigies in Texas blues, soul and funk, the brothers have racked up several Austin Music Awards, been mentored by Bootsy Collins, and actually shared the stage with the late B.B. King. Glenn on guitar and Alex on bass perform as The Peterson Brothers, along with drummer Chris Mead and percussionist Levi Nichols.

The group recently visited Houston Public Media’s Geary Studio to record the Little Johnny Taylor song “If You Love Me Like You Say” for an upcoming edition of Skyline Sessions.

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