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Full Show: Controversy At Furr H.S., And Reauthorizing CHIP (Oct. 12, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: We learn the latest on Furr High School's reassigned principal, Dr. Bertie Simmons, who's under scrutiny for her administrative practices. We learn about the fate of the Children's Health Insurance Program. And we meet Brazilian artist Tony Paraná.

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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 […]