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Houston’s Cold Snap, Teacher Supply & Demand, Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, January 6, 2014

You may have heard – it’s cold out there in Houston today. We’re not expected to rise above forty degrees, and we can expect another bitterly cold night. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll welcome your questions about Houston’s coldest days, and all other things meteorological in nature for Frank Billingsley, KPRC’s Chief Meteorologist. […]

You may have heard – it’s cold out there in Houston today. We’re not expected to rise above forty degrees, and we can expect another bitterly cold night. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll welcome your questions about Houston’s coldest days, and all other things meteorological in nature for Frank Billingsley, KPRC’s Chief Meteorologist.

Also: It’s simple math. Students tend to learn better when we keep the ratio of teachers per student down at a reasonable level. That requires more teachers to be hired. Which requires more funding for public schools. Which many taxpayers oppose. Instead, funding often stays flat or goes down, not up. Which means teachers have bigger class sizes. Leading to less genuine learning. And a less rewarding experience. For less pay. And eventually, many teachers leave the profession.

So, what trends are we seeing in the teaching profession in Houston, and across Texas? Do we have the teachers we need, where we need them? Are enough staying on the job? Are they bouncing from one district to the next, one grade level or specialty to the next? Or are we seeing too many leave the profession for more lucrative work in another career? And what’s the experience like for a new teacher just entering the profession? We’ll discuss the supply and demand of teachers in Houston, and what we can do to encourage more teachers to stay in the profession long-term.

And, Culture Map Houston sports columnist MK Bower joins us to talk about recent Rockets games, the Texans coaching changes, tonight’s BCS National Championship Game, and we’ll see if Craig tries to sneak in a subtle reference to hockey.

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