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Lt. Governor Debate Preview, School Grades & House Concerts: Houston Matters for Thurs., May 1, 2014

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 2014 numbers were […]

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 2014 numbers were released this week. Children at Risk President and CEO Bob Sanborn discusses the results our own Edel Howlin.

Also: Friday night at 7 on Houston Public Media News 88.7 and TV 8, two Republican candidates in a runoff election for their party’s nomination as Lieutenant Governor will debate one another. Either State Senator Dan Patrick or Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst will face Democratic State Senator Letitia Van DePutte in the November general election. In advance of the debate, we’ll discuss the campaign with the help of two of the journalists serving on the debate panel, the Houston Chronicle’s Joe Holley and La Voz de Houston’s Aurora Losada.

Plus: More than a thousand Texas students are heading to Austin this weekend to showcase their knowledge in a state-level history fair, as part of Texas History Day. We talk with an educator about the competition and how it prepares students for college and beyond.

And Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin explores house concerts in Houston.

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