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Outdoor Education, Summer Camps, and Homeowners Associations: Houston Matters for Monday, June 2, 2014

Fifth graders in Houston public schools have, for nearly 40 years, participated in Outdoor Education Programs at two centers, in Forest Glen and Olympia. But future funding for the programs may be in doubt. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about such outdoor education programs, and both their benefits and challenges. Then, we […]

Fifth graders in Houston public schools have, for nearly 40 years, participated in Outdoor Education Programs at two centers, in Forest Glen and Olympia. But future funding for the programs may be in doubt.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about such outdoor education programs, and both their benefits and challenges. Then, we discuss research examining the impact of out-of-school education programs, from summer camps to after-school programs.

Also this hour: we explore the role homeowners associations play in Houston communities. Some see HOA’s as a blessing; others view them as nosy micromanagers. There are dozens of deed-restricted communities in Houston, which rely on homeowners associations to serve the best interests of the community at large.

Plus: the Houston Astros saw an impressive 7 game winning streak snapped over the weekend by the Baltimore Orioles. Despite a pair of losses Saturday and Sunday, the Astros are no longer the worst team in the American League, and no longer on pace to collect 100 losses this year. George Springer’s arrival has helped spark increased production from table-setters Jose Altuve and Dexter Fowler. The Astros have received strong starts from Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh, deepening a rotation behind Scott Feldman. It all has the Astros looking, at times, downright respectable. But has Major League Baseball noticed? We’ll ask Culture Map Houston sports columnist M.K. Bower.

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