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Teachers Protest Over Conditions, Testing, And Funding Amid The Pandemic (Dec. 15, 2020)

On Tuesday’s show: A teacher explains why she and her fellow educators are protesting over the situation they face in the pandemic, Rep. Lizzie Fletcher answers your questions, and we discuss how the Biden administration might affect the environment.



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On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Local teachers held a vigil and protest Monday calling for state officials to suspend STAAR exams, resume virtual learning, and make public school funding a priority in the next legislative session. The vigil and protest came on the eve of the latest in a string of "sick outs" by teachers in recent months in communities across the country, including one here back in October. News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee talks with a Wheatley High School teacher about the conditions teachers continue to face amid the pandemic.

Also this hour: Houston-area Rep. Lizzie Fletcher answers your questions.

And we examine how the incoming Biden administration might affect Houston’s flooding problem and other environmental issues. It’s the second installment in a week of conversations about what the new administration might mean for the region.


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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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