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From Charter Schools to Dropouts: American Education Issues Echo in Pakistan

Posted on · News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee recently completed a reporting fellowship in Pakistan with the International Center for Journalists. While she was there, she interviewed students and educators and found some interesting connections between the issues facing educators both in Pakistan and the United States. For example, charter schools are starting to spring up in […]

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Revamping Foster Care and Building Better Suburbs: Wednesday’s Show (November 30, 2016)

Posted on · In March, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. The court appointed two Special Masters to oversee the system revamp. Francis McGovern and Kevin Ryan began their appointed positions in April. Then, earlier this  month, the Special Masters […]

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Why Are 32,000 Kids on Waiting Lists for Houston Charter Schools?

Posted on · Families Empowered, a Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to helping families choose the right schools for their children, says many area charter schools are bogged down with long waiting lists. The group says more than 32,000 students in Houston were placed on a waiting list for a seat at one of three high-performing public charter schools for the […]

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Charter School Waiting Lists and Remembering John Bradshaw: Friday’s Show (May 13, 2016)

Posted on · Families Empowered, a Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to helping families choose the right schools for their children, says many area charter schools are bogged down with long waiting lists. The group says more than 32,000 students in Houston were placed on a waiting list for a seat at one of three high-performing public charter schools for the 2015-2016 […]

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How Bringing Public and Charter Students Under One Roof Helped Spring Branch ISD

Posted on · One Greater Houston school district, facing up to some under-performing schools, has sought to improve them by partnering with area charter schools to bring public and charter students under one roof. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin talks with Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Duncan Klussmann about this “marriage” of two approaches to education which are sometimes perceived as working […]

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TEA Commissioner Discusses the State of Public Education in Texas

Posted on · For the last two years, Michael Williams has served as the Commissioner of Education, heading up the Texas Education Agency. The TEA oversees public education for more than five million pre-K through high school students in Texas public and charter schools. The TEA also supports the State Board of Education in the development of statewide curriculum, and the process of […]

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The Downside of Charter Schools in Houston

Posted on · A few weeks back, we talked about expansion of charter schools in Houston. As we heard, some see benefits to charter schools, but there are potential downsides too. Today we talk with a public education advocate, about how charter schools may drain funding from public schools, essentially super-serving a small number of students at the expense […]

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Houston Matters for Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Posted on · The city of Houston has among the youngest populations in the nation. And our growing economy continues to draw new, young talent to the region – and specifically, to the workplace. They’re arriving as a looming population of older workers is nearing retirement. The result – a generation gap at work. Those older workers have […]