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Engines of Our Ingenuity

The story of technological progress is one of drama and intrigue, sudden insight and plain hard work. Let’s explore technology’s spectacular failures and many magnificent success stories. This content is in service of Houston Public Media’s education mission and is sponsored by the University of Houston. It is not a product of our news team.

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Shellie Ross of Wesley Rankin Community Center (right, holding "Reach for the STAARS" sign) takes part in a pep rally to welcome students at Edison Middle Learning Center on STAAR testing day.


Almost half of Texas fourth graders scored a zero on the STAAR writing composition last year. Teachers and researchers worry, while the TEA projects confidence

Posted on · The Texas Education Agency changed a lot about the state’s standardized test over the past couple years. Researchers and teachers worry the new approach to writing could kill creativity, but the TEA argues it better reflects how learning happens in class.



Texas lawmakers plan to amend CROWN Act after court ruling in favor of Barbers Hill ISD

Posted on · A Houston-area judge ruled Thursday that Barbers Hill ISD's policy restricting hair length for boys, which it has used to continually punish 18-year-old Black student Darryl George, is not a violation of the CROWN Act, a new state law protecting students and employees at state-funded institutions from race-based hair discrimination.

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Madison H.S. students who walk out over cell phone ban will be suspended, Mike Miles says

Posted on · Principal Edgar Contreras said the new policy was necessary "because cellphone video has been at the center of multiple recent fights on campus." But a blurry video making rounds on social media this week shows what some say shows Contreras engaging in a physical altercation with a student.

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