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How Did Your School Fare in the Latest School Rankings?

Posted on · Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston, and across Texas. The organization’s goal: to identify which schools are succeeding and which are struggling as a way to encourage parents, teachers, and the community at large to discuss ways to improve public education. The 2017 report […]

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School Rankings, and Misogyny in the Workplace: Monday’s Show (June 5, 2017)

Posted on · Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston, and across Texas. The organization’s goal: to identify which schools are succeeding and which are struggling as a way to encourage parents, teachers, and the community at large to discuss ways to improve public education. The 2017 report […]

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What Do the Latest Rankings Tell Us About Houston Schools?

Posted on · Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston and across Texas. Their goal: to identify which schools are succeeding and which are struggling as a way to encourage parents, teachers and the community at large to discuss ways to improve public education. The 2016 report is […]

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School Rankings, and Affordable Housing: Monday’s Show (June 6, 2016)

Posted on · Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston and across Texas. Their goal: to identify which schools are succeeding, and which are struggling as a way to encourage parents, teachers and the community at large to discuss ways to improve public education. The 2016 report is […]

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Study Examines Which Students Drop Out and Why

Posted on · A study from the Houston Education Research Consortium, part of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, says age and disciplinary incidents are key factors that impact a student’s decision to drop out of high school. We discuss the data and what steps may be taken to address those findings with Dr. Robert Sanborn, president and […]

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METRO Chair, Dropouts, and NFL Draft: Monday’s Show (May 2, 2016)

Posted on · In the last couple of years, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (aka METRO) has revamped its bus system and aimed to be a more transparent organization. In late March, METRO named a new chair, Carrin Patman. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Patman about the challenges ahead for METRO and welcome your […]

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Could a Four-Day School Week Work in Houston?

Posted on · Starting this fall, Olfen School District in Central Texas will implement a four-day school week, by extending the hours of each school day and holding tutoring and other activities on days off. Could such a system work in Houston? We discuss the pros and cons with Lisa Dawn-Fisher, chief school finance officer with the Texas Education Agency, […]