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Full Show: HISD’s New State Funds, And Writer Elliot Ackerman (June 17, 2019)

On Monday’s Houston Matters: How HISD should spend new state funds, reviewing the bills Gov. Abbott vetoed, looking back at the Beaumont race riots of 1943, writer Elliot Ackerman returns to where he fought in Iraq, and an update on Houston sports.

On Monday’s Houston Matters: As Texas rolls out new school finance rules, the Houston Federation of Teachers has ideas for how HISD should spend some additional state funding. We discuss what the teacher’s union is saying about $135 million headed to the district’s budget. Then, we pore through the bills that Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed on Saturday.

Also this hour: In June of 1943, a race riot erupted in Beaumont. Racial tensions had been building for a while. Then, when a white woman accused a black man of raping her, a mob of white shipyard workers and bystanders marched toward City Hall and began to assault black citizens, looting and burning black stores and restaurants. In all, more than 200 people were arrested, 50 were injured, two were killed, and a third died of his injuries months later. We look back at the event and consider its legacy today.

Then, Elliot Ackerman, a writer, former Marine, and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, discusses his memoir, Places and Names, which details his experiences returning to those places years later as a civilian.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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