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Students Share Their Stories About Life at Unorthodox Furr HS

Posted on · (Above: Furr senior Milburgo Mora participated in many activities at school, including the Green Ambassadors and the media team. During his sophomore year, he and his friends would hang out at this rock, where students could write graffiti. Photo: Eric Kayne)This year, News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee has been following developments at Houston’s Furr High […]

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How a Retired Teacher Made Peace Between Rival Gangs at Furr High School

Posted on · (Above: Furr High School Bertie Simmons and a student. Photo: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media) Bertie Simmons was a longtime educator in Houston schools who’d retired to a happy life as a grandmother. Then, her granddaughter died suddenly in a skiing accident. Simmons decided to honor her granddaughter’s dream of doing good in the world by […]

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Furr High School is Trying to Rethink High School, Including How Teachers are Hired

Posted on · (Above: Furr High School is experimenting with a new model for education, including how they hire teachers. Here, administrators watched applicants on a live video feed as they tried to solve clues and “escape the room” during the interview process. Photo: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media) News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee has been following […]

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Finding Millions in Housing Funds, and Speech Therapy Cuts: Thursday’s Show (May 25, 2017)

Posted on · (Photo: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media) The City of Houston’s Housing Department suddenly has $46 million more for affordable housing projects. How? It started with some investigative reporting from the Houston Chronicle. On today’s edition of Houston Matters, Michael Hagerty has reporters Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris explain. The oversight was uncovered after the Chronicle’s Freedom of […]

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A Conversation With Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons

Posted on · Earlier this month (Sept. 14, 2016) Furr High School on Houston’s east side was one of ten schools nationwide to receive a $10 million grant from Steve Jobs’ widow, rewarding the school for reinventing how it educates its students. The local school will get the money over five years. A key figure in the school’s reinvention is […]

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Candidate Interview With District Attorney Devon Anderson: Tuesday’s Show (September 27, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we’re devoting time to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offering you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Harris County District […]